Coronavirus COVID-19 PCR test

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Book a PCR swab test to identify whether you have COVID-19 at that moment. The swab is taken from the patient's nose or throat by a medical professional at your home to help increase accuracy and reduce the chance of an inconclusive result. Your test will be processed in 1-2 working days and a proof of your test results is available. 


Is this test for you? 


Do you need to travel abroad, visit a vulnerable relative or need to return to work? A negative antigen PCR test may be required. 


Note: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 please visit https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to get a free test. You can check your symptoms here https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/.

About

The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information, and guidance is therefore updated frequently.


Please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest health advice or gov.uk/coronavirus for all other information.


Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an enveloped, single-stranded RNA virus of the family Coronaviridae. Coronaviruses share structural similarities and are composed of 16 non-structural proteins and 4 structural proteins: spike (S), envelope (E), membrane (M), and nucleocapsid (N). Coronaviruses cause diseases with symptoms ranging from those of a mild common cold to more severe ones such as Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by SARS-CoV-2.


SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted from person-to-person primarily via respiratory droplets, while indirect transmission through contaminated surfaces is also possible. The virus accesses host cells via the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor, which is most abundant in the lungs.


The incubation period for COVID-19 ranges from 2 - 14 days following exposure, with most cases showing symptoms approximately 4 - 5 days after exposure. The spectrum of symptomatic infection ranges from mild (fever, cough, fatigue, loss of smell and taste, shortness of breath) to critical. While most symptomatic cases are not severe, severe illness occurs predominantly in adults with advanced age or underlying medical comorbidities and requires intensive care. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a major complication in patients with severe disease. Critical cases are characterized by e.g., respiratory failure, shock and/or multiple organ dysfunction, or failure.

Procedure

This type of test usually involves collecting a ‘swab’ sample from the nose, mouth, and/or throat. A swab is a small piece of soft, absorbent material on a plastic stick.


You may collect swab sample at home yourself (this can also be referred to as ‘self-sampling’), or you can get our healthcare professional to do it during the visit at home. The sample is then sent to a laboratory to check for genetic material from the virus.

Methodology

The samples are processed via our referral laboratory The Regenerative Clinic Ltd.


The real-time PCR detection technology is used. The following accuracy can be expected:

  • Specificity: 100%
  • Sensitivity: 99%

Interpretation

If a patient tests positive, she or he will be informed by the laboratory analysing the test and should:
  • immediately self-isolate (or continue to self-isolate if they are already doing so) for ten days from the point of developing symptoms, if they have symptoms, or ten days from the date of the test if they do not.
  • share information promptly about their recent contacts when they are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service so that Test and Trace can alert those contacts if they need to self-isolate.
If they test negative for the virus, this means they are at low risk of having COVID-19 at that moment in time. It does not mean they are definitely negative for COVID-19 nor that they are no longer at risk of catching it in future. A patient does not need to self-isolate if their test is negative, as long as:
  • no other member of their household has symptoms or has tested positive
  • no one in their support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive
  • the NHS Test and Trace has not told them to self-isolate
  • they feel well – if they feel unwell, they should stay at home until they feel better.
See more details on what a virus test result means.


If somebody subsequently develops symptoms after receiving a negative result after being tested when not displaying symptoms, they must self-isolate and be re-tested.


Test results are reported to PHE. All medical practitioners have a statutory duty to report positive results of COVID-19 virus tests under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.


Data protection does not prevent the necessary and proportionate use of personal data for COVID-19 response. Data protection law has built-in flexibility to ensure it does not prevent appropriate health and safety measures being implemented in the workplace or action taken in the overwhelming public interest. Nevertheless, there are important data protection considerations to take into account when processing personal data, particularly health data. The ICO has set out FAQs on data collection and data protection relating to COVID-19 that provide further information.

Limitations

No test is 100% reliable. The results are also only relevant to that sample at that point in time.


It’s important to understand the limitations of COVID-19 tests, because an incorrect or misinterpreted result can lead to a false sense of reassurance. For example, if you are infected with the virus but the test you use produces a false negative result (it says you do not have the virus even though you do), you may unknowingly spread the virus to other people or not seek the treatment you may need.

Disclaimer

The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis. The sample processing will be performed by The Regenerative Clinic Ltd.

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How it works

  • Book a visit

    Contact us via our website, email or phone to book your visit. A visit fee will apply depending on your location, regardless of required service(s).

  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

    We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.