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Covid-19 PCR Swab Home Testing

Home testing Kits for covid-19 (Coronavirus) for the detection of active infections.

IGP are working with the UK's top private laboratories, to offer home PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab testing, for the detection of active infections of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The PCR swab test is also available in clinic for those that are non-symptomatic, but require proof for travel/work purposes.

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How Does Home Testing Work?

Home testing works in a similar way to conventional in clinic testing, except the tests have been designed so that the sample requirements are a lot smaller or easier to obtain yourself.

Home Testing

Arrange for the kit to be sent

After completing your order for the Covid-19 test, we will send you one of our home testing kits on the same day.

Provide Sample

Provide a sample and return

When you receive the home testing kit, simply provide a sample as requested and return to the lab using the self address envelope.

Results

Receive the results quickly

As soon as the lab is able to generate a result they are automatically sent to the doctor to deliver your results.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The test is a home test kit via nasal/throat PCR swab, provided with free-post packaging for sending directly back to the laboratory for completion of the testing. Our testing supply and process is completely independent from any government processes, as such the sale of these tests does not limit any capacity for the government or in turn the NHS access to these tests.

COVID-19 PCR Swab

To be be conducted when symptomatic (ideally within 1-5 days from onset of symptoms) Sample easily taken at home and sent directly back to laboratory in pre-paid packaging The test is 99.9% accurate

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?

The main symptoms are:

high temperature A new, continuous cough

Do I need to test myself for COVID-19?

If you are currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus, or know of recently being in contact with somebody who has, you are able to use the kit to test if you are currently infected.

How does the kit work?

The Covid-19 home collection test kit includes a nasal and throat swab which collect a sample of cells which is sent back to our laboratory for testing. The testing in the lab looks for the RNA of the virus using a technique called RT-PCR. RT-PCR tests work by detecting specific genetic material of the virus (RNA). By detecting viral RNA, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus.

When & How will I get my results?

The results will be available on our secure patient portal within 48-72 hours of receipt of your sample by the laboratory. You will receive an email prompting you to log in with your date of birth once the results are available.

Will these Coronavirus tests tell me whether I've previously been infected or if I am immune?

No, these tests will not tell if you have previously been infected or whether you are currently immune, they will only tell you if you are currently infected. Once you have recovered the virus is eliminated and these tests can no longer tell if you've been infected.

Are the Coronavirus tests accurate?

All tests are analysed in a CPA accredited lab using PCR which is approved by Public Health England. Please note that it is not possible to guarantee that any test kit is 100% accurate and therefore there may be instances where results obtained from the test produces a false positive or negative even when used correctly.

What if I test positive?

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.

How much does it cost?

We currently offer PCR swab testing kits from 2 UK laboratories:

£145 - Turnaround time 72 > 96 hours* from receipt at the lab. £195 - Turnaround time < 48 hours* from receipt at the lab.

* Please be aware that while it is very likely we will receive the test results in the above time frames, we cannont guarantee the tunaround of results within a particular time frame.


Limitations and clinical interpretation

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 SARS-CoV-2 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.

Ready To Book Your Test?

Please contact us for more information or to arrange for us to send you your test kit.

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Our admin hours are 08:30 to 17:00. However, you can book your test kit online now.


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