UK PCR Testing for COVID-19 Coronavirus

We are pleased to announce that we now offer PCR testing for COVID-19 Coronavirus via our fast track laboratory service for UK customers. We offer a gold standard PCR swab test with a 48 hour laboratory turnaround time. This service is available to healthcare clients, corporate clients and the general public if they are looking for a private coronavirus test. It also acts as a confirmation test to verify results from our on-site finger-prick coronavirus test kits.

What is PCR Testing and What Does PCR Stand For?

PCR testing relies on detecting the genetic material specifically from the COVID-19 coronavirus. If someone is carrying the genetic material of the virus in their nose or throat, it means they have a current and active infection. This can occur before symptoms are detected or before the person’s body 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.

What is the difference between finger-prick Coronavirus Test Kits and PCR Swab Testing?

PCR testing is a laboratory process that requires technical equipment and trained technicians to operate. It is more costly and time-consuming than blood tests, which mostly detect the body’s immune response against the virus – via antibodies. However, it is deemed to be the current gold standard in terms of accuracy and to confirm the presence of COVID-19. On-site coronavirus tests, which operate via a finger-prick, are very cost effective in comparison and give results in just 15 minutes, but they are used to conduct mass screening, rather than act as a confirmation test. So if you are screening large numbers of people, and want an immediate result for a low cost, the disposable on-site coronavirus test kits are the ideal choice. But if you need a confirmation test to act as evidence, or for use as a self administered test by someone who is isolated with symptoms, then the PCR test is the best choice.

How Does The PCR Coronavirus Test Laboratory Service Work?

The PCR swabs are sent with the full transportation packaging and instructions for collecting a suitable sample. They have been designed to enable self collection if required.  The sample then travels back to the laboratory via a special Royal Mail tracked service from any post box. 

As soon as the sample arrives at the laboratory, the analysis takes up to 48 hours. A PDF report is then generated and sent by email to your nominated contact email address. The report shows a snapshot of your coronavirus status at the point of sample collection. This is very helpful for those self isolating with symptoms, to enable them to determine if they are carrying COVID-19 or for those who are flying to countries with current flight restrictions. PCR testing is the current gold standard testing methodology to document fitness to fly. 

How To Order a Coronavirus PCR Test Online

Please contact us for further details or to order a stock of PCR swabs or coronavirus test kits. We also stock a wide range of medical PPE / Personal Protective Equipment.

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