During these unprecedented times, we are proud to play our part by providing PCR tests for COVID-19 Coronavirus, via our fast track laboratory service for UK based customers. We now offer a gold standard PCR swab test with a 48 hour laboratory turnaround time. This is available to anyone wanting a private coronavirus test. The PCR tests also act as a confirmation test for our finger-prick coronavirus antibody test kits and also our Government Approved Antigen Test Kits. We also offer general PCR Testing, Fit to Travel PCR Tests (with a certificate from a registered Medical Doctor to confirm that you are Fit to Fly) and Test To Release (TTR) PCR Testing to allow an early exit from quarantine after entering the UK. This product listing is for a single PCR swab pack, to be self administered and returned by Royal Mail’s Biological Specimen Service.
The pack includes:
- A Transportation Box
- A Biological Specimen Bag (for Transportation)
- A Tracked 24 Hour Shipping Label
- A Photo / Pictorial Instruction Sheet With Diagrams
- A CE Marked Self Collection Swab
- A Protective Swab Case For Transportation (Complete With Sample Label)
What is a PCR Test and What Does PCR Stand For?
PCR testing detects specific genetic material from the COVID-19 coronavirus. If a person is carrying the genetic material of the virus in their nose or throat, it indicates that they will have a current and active infection. This can occur before symptoms are apparent, or before the person has started to produce antibodies against the disease. PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction. It is a process used to detect the RNA of the virus.
How Does The PCR Coronavirus Test Laboratory Service Work?
The PCR swabs are dispatched with the full transportation packaging and instructions necessary for collecting a suitable sample and getting it to the laboratory. The packs are designed for self-collection if required. The sample is then sent to the laboratory using a pre-paid special Royal Mail tracked delivery service via the specially designated Royal Mail Priority Post boxes. Royal Mail guarantee a 24 hour delivery for biological samples using this service.
The moment the sample arrives at the laboratory analysis starts. This process can take up to 48 hours to complete. A PDF report is then generated and sent by email to your nominated email address. We also send an SMS Text to your nominated mobile number for instant notification of the results. The laboratory report shows your coronavirus status at the time the sample was collected. This is vital information either for those who are self isolating with symptoms in order to enable them to determine whether they are carrying COVID-19, or for those who intend flying to countries that currently have flight restrictions in place. At the moment, PCR tests are the preferred gold standard testing methodology used to document fitness to fly.
Prices (Subject to VAT)
This PCR testing service is £95 plus VAT including the sample collection pack and shipping to a UK mainland destination. This is £114 including VAT.
Please call us on 01283 375093, email us to order in bulk for corporate clients (invoice terms available). For individual tests for travel, please simply add this product to cart and order via our online shopping facility. We accept card payment via secure checkout.
This test is suitable for general testing, and to meet outbound travel requirements for most countries. Test To Release testing is also available, in order to shorten quarantine restrictions in the UK. However, this is a separate test which requires additional checks. Please visit our Fit To Fly PCR Test page for details.