Working with the UK's top private laboratories and in collaboration with Infectious Disease Consultant Dr Sharon Marlowe to provide private Covid-19 (Coronavirus) home and in-clinic testing services. Dr Marlowe oversees all testing options, guidelines and protocols ensuring that our services are always at the forefront in terms of quality and accuracy.
In ensuring that our Covid-19 tesing services are at the forefront in terms of quality and accuracy, IGP is continually adding to it's range of testing options to provide you with a flexible and reliable testing service.
Available tests include:Home PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab testing, for the detection of active infections of Covid-19. In Clinic PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab testing, for the detection of active infections of Covid-19. In Clinic Antibody testing for evidence of past infections of Covid-19. In Clinic Rapid (15 min) Antigen Testing, for the detection of active infections of Covid-19.
* Please Note - In clinic appointments for Covid-19 Testing are only available from Our Cardiff Gate Clinic
Both PCR Swab tests we offer are currently used by The NHS, fully compliant with current government guidelines and approved by MHRA. The PCR Swabs are combined throat and nasal swabs. They can be conducted by yourself at home or in clinic with an IGP Nurse or Doctor.
IGP uses the Siemens Total Assay. The test which is run on laboratory analyzers, detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (including IgG and IgM). The test reports 100% sensitivity and 99.8% specificity.
In the most recent Public Health England evaluation of commercially available Anitbody tests, the Siemens Total Assay was the only test to achieve the MRHA Target Product Profile (TPP) in both sensitivity and specificity.Book Now
The IGP uses the PHE approved Roche SD BioSensor Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test. This test reports 96.52% sensitivity and 99.68% specificity.
Any patient that tests positive with a Rapid Antigen test with The IGP will be sent a FREE home PCR swab test to confirm the result, in line with current best practice and guidance.
The Roche SD BioSensor Rapid Antigen test is undertaken using a simple nose (nasopharynx) swab. From this swab the test detects specific proteins (antigens) on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.
After you test, your results will be emailed to you within 15-30 minutes. You will receive an email from our secure patient portal asking you to use you date of birth to log in. You will be able to download, share or print your results as you wish.
At present most countries and flight carriers require a negative PCR test. However, this is a rapidly changing field as the Antigen tests are improving. Please if flying always check the details of your flight requirements carefully.
Should you receive a positive result, then you should immediately take steps outlined by current NHS guidance to isolate, as you will be infectious to others. We will send you in the post a PCR swab home test with pre-paid packaging to post directly to the lab. This is in line with current guidance and best practice and will clinically confirm your test result. It is extremely important that anybody that tests positive via a rapid test also carries out a PCR swab test.Book Now
We have been working closely with many of our business partners during the pandemic to provide fast, reliable and secure testing services and guidance. If your business is looking for assistance with reducing absenteeism and time away from work or ensuring the safety of employees and customers, please contact our Business Development Manager.
The IGP is a HIW registered Medical Practice established in 2004. All our Covid-19 tests, protocols and guidelines have been developed in collaboration with Dr Sharon Marlowe (Infectious Disease Consultant). In addition we have a team of experienced General Practitioners and Clinicians available to interpret and advise on the results of our testing.
To test for active infection, a PCR swab test should be carried out ideally within 1–5 days from onset of symptoms.
Yes you can. You do not need to be symptomatic to carry out a PCR Swab test. From our experience, testing for flights require completion within strict timescales. We therefore recommend these tests are carried out in clinic, so our dedicated couriers can be used to deliver the samples to the laboratory as efficiently as possible.
No, if you have any Covid-19 symptoms or suspect you may have Covid-19 you will not be permitted to enter any of our Clinics. Strict attendance protocols apply at all our locations. If you suspect you may have Covid-19 and would like to be tested we recommend using our Home PCR swab test kit.
It is always extremely important to be clear on the limitations of any testing carried out. As with all viral PCR assays, patients with very low viral loads are less likely to be detected. Negative results do not preclude infection with the Covid-19 virus and should not be the sole basis of a patient treatment/management. If there is a strong clinical suspicion of an early Covid-19 infection a further test should be considered 24-48 hours later. Results should always be interpreted by a trained professional in conjunction with the patient’s history and clinical signs and symptoms, and epidemiological risk factors.
You must immediately self-isolate to prevent spreading the virus to others. You should then Contact the NHS on 111 who will advise you on the next steps to take.
The Antibody test is carried out from a venous (blood from arm) sample and sent same day to our laboratory by courier.
Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms.
Results are electronically received from the laboratory into our clinical system the moment they are processed. Your results will then be shared with you via our secure patient portal. You will receive an email prompting you to log in using your date of birth. The results will also include guidance about the outcome of your test and can be downloaded, printed or shared. If you test positive and require further advice you are able free to contact one of our highly trained clinicians to discuss your results.
Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment at any one of our occupational health clinics.
Our admin hours are 08:30 to 17:00. Outside of these hours you can send us a message or request a callback.
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