About Coronavirus COVID-19 PCR Tests

Test to See if You Have the Virus NOW

Useful For Travel Certification

The test is called the ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) PCR Test’. It  will show if the virus that causes COVID-19 is present in your nose and throat at the time of testing. It does not test for antibodies and cannot confirm if you have had the virus in the past.

  • We only offer this test for certification for travel purposes at this time.
  • If you have had recent contact with someone who has either been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 – or if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 yourself within the last 14 days – then we will not be able to offer you this test. You should follow the current government advice about keeping yourself and others safe and about seeking medical help.
  • The test involves taking a swab of the inside of the nose and throat using one single swab. You’ll need to do this swab yourself – we usually ask you to do this in your car. It’s very straightforward and clear instructions and a demonstration will be provided when you arrive at our clinic.
  • If the test is for children aged 11 or under then their parent/guardian must administer it for them.
  • If the test is for anyone between the ages of 12 and 18 then their parent/guardian must either administer it for them or supervise them doing it themselves.
  • Upon arrival at our clinic, you should stay in your car and telephone us on 0345 230 3386. We will then give you instructions about what to do next. No-one must enter the clinic until told to do so .

How will I get my Results?

  • The usual reporting time for this test is within 2 days of the laboratory receiving the sample. The laboratory send a courier every weekday to collect the samples but Innermost Healthcare cannot guarantee the reporting time and we are not liable for any delays. The laboratory we use is The Doctors Laboratory in London. The test results will be either positive, negative or inconclusive.
  • A negative result means that the test did not find coronavirus.
  • A positive result means that coronavirus was present when the test was done. The laboratory will automatically tell Public Health England if the test is positive.
  • An inconclusive result means that it was not possible to identify if coronavirus was present when the test was done.
  • It is possible to have a false negative result which means that not enough of the virus is present to show up in the test – this usually happens in the very early stages of infection.
  • The laboratory sends your test report electronically to the ‘HeyDoc’ e-patient management system in our clinic, which enables it to be sent on directly to you by email. This system of reporting is used across the UK and data is secure.

What Documents will I Receive?

  • You will be given a certificate of testing when you undertake your test at our clinic.
  • You will receive a separate official laboratory report by email with your test result.
  • Both documents should be attached together and kept as the official record of your test.

What is the Price of the Test?

The test costs £120 and you will need to pay at the time of booking. This is because we do not offer on-site payment facilities for this testing service as you will not be entering the main clinic building.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please Read the Following Information Carefully

Assay Type: Nasal/Throat swabs collected using BD dry swabs/Remel M4RT/Copan 321C UTM or Copan 147C

Test Accuracy: Infection with SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus, is diagnosed using reverse-transcriptase real-time PCR; the assays used at TDL show a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%, with no cross-reactivity with other viruses

We will work as best as we can to get your test processed as quickly as possible; most results are achieved within 2 days of the sample arrival in the TDL laboratory. However, we cannot guarantee this as the laboratory is experiencing very high numbers of test requests and occasionally results may take longer. We cannot take responsibility for any delays, disruption, travel interruption or cancellation caused by any reason. You should check the specific requirements of your travel provider and contact them with queries about your travel.

About Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Tests

Test to See if You’ve Had the Virus in the Past

The test is called the ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Test’. It will usually show if you have been previously infected with the virus. It does not test for the current presence of the virus. It cannot tell you if you are immune to the virus. It does not tell you if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people.

Most patients who recover from Coronavirus COVID19 have been found to produce antibodies but it is important to know that not everyone will do so.

  • We use the Abbott antibody test (CE marked to show it complies with EU safety rules) and processed by the TDL Laboratory in England (approved by Public Health England).
  • The test is used to identify people who have been infected by COVID 19 in the recent past. It detects the antibodies (IgG) that are produced by the body as a response to the infection. We recommend it for adults who have had symptoms of possible infection or suspected contact, more than 14 days previously.
  • The test involves a blood sample being taken (just like a normal blood test from your arm).
  • If you have had recent contact with someone who has either been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 – or if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 yourself within the last 14 days – then we will not be able to offer you this test. You should follow the current government advice about keeping yourself and others safe and about seeking medical help.

About Your Results

  • We’ll send your sample off to the laboratory using a special courier service and we’ll contact you with your results, usually within 2 working days. The laboratory sends your test report electronically to the ‘HeyDoc’ e-patient management system in our clinic, which enables it to be sent on directly to you by email. This system of reporting is used across the UK and data is secure.
  • The results will either be positive, negative or inconclusive.
  • A negative result means that the test did not find antibodies to the virus.
  • A positive result means that antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done.
  • An inconclusive result means that it was not possible to identify if antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done
  • IMPORTANT – If you get a positive antibody test result, you still need to follow the same social distancing advice as everyone else. This includes staying 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people and washing your hands often.
  • Recently, there’s been a lot of media publicity about antibody testing and how reliable and effective it is. As a medical clinic, we review the science regularly to ensure that we’re offering the latest, approved products. The laboratory reports that the test has a sensitivity of 97.5% and specificity of 100%. This means that the test is highly accurate. It should not be confused with home DIY kits.
  • What does the DETECTION RATE or SENSITIVITY mean? The detection rate or sensitivity is the ability to correctly identify someone who has had the virus.
  • What is SPECIFICITY? This is the ability to correctly identify someone who has not had the virus.

What is the Price of the Test?

The test costs £49 and you will need to pay at the time of booking.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Please Read the Following Information Carefully

Test Accuracy: COV-2 IgG < 1.4 Not Detected (Negative) COV-2 IgG >=1.4 Detected (Positive) / Specificity 100% / Sensitivity 97.5%

Results should be used in conjunction with information available from clinical evaluation and other diagnostic procedures. It has been recognised that there can be delayed responses in immunocompromised patients.

It is important to note that we don’t yet know if someone with a positive antibody test result (showing the presence of IgG levels) after being infected with the virus will be protected (either fully or partially) from future infection or for how long protective immunity may last.

We will work as best as we can to get your test processed as quickly as possible; most results are achieved within 2 days of the sample arrival in the laboratory. However, we cannot guarantee this as the laboratory is experiencing very high numbers of test requests and occasionally results may take longer. We cannot take responsibility for any delays or disruption, interruptions or cancellation caused by any reason.

Learn More

You can read more information about Coronavirus COVID-19 and PCR and Antibody Testing on the following websites:

Who to Contact with Questions or Further Help

  • You can contact us with any questions about the test and the testing process – please call 0345 230 3386 (weekdays, 9am to 4pm)
  • You should contact your own GP or healthcare professional with any questions about your health or healthcare – we cannot provide you with medical advice about these things
  • Teleconsultations to discuss your results are available from a GP partner service for an additional charge of £30.
  • You should follow the government advice about what to do if you have coronavirus symptoms
  • You should seek medical help immediately if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home – you can use the NHS 111 online service  or you can call 111 if you cannot get help online

Call 999 for an ambulance if you or someone you care for:

  • are struggling to breathe
  • become confused or very drowsy
  • have stopped peeing or are peeing much less than usual
  • collapse or faint
  • have a rash that does not fade when you roll a glass over it
  • feel cold and sweaty, with pale or blotchy skin
  • have blue lips or a blue face
  • are coughing up blood

Tell the operator you might have coronavirus symptoms.