Patient Information for Covid-19 Swab Tests
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Thank you for booking with EdgCARE for your Covid-19 PCR swab test. What follows is some important information to read prior to your appointment with us.
What should I bring with me to my swab test?
There are a few important items that you must bring with you to your test. These are:
- Photo ID (either passport or Driving License)
- A face mask
- A packet of tissues
- Hand sanitiser
Is there anything I should tell the doctor about before I have my test?
There are no absolute contraindications to having a throat or nose swab for coronavirus detection, however, some patients require additional caution and care. For this reason please inform the doctor prior to your test if any of the following apply to you:
- Recent trauma to the nose
- Recent surgery involving the nose
- Your are on blood thinners or you have a bleeding disorder
- You have an obstruction, blockage or severe inflammation of your nasal passage
What should I do when I arrive for my test?
When you arrive for your test at our Edgware surgery please remain in your car and call us on 0203 818 9240. Please do not try and enter the surgery or ring the bell. When you call let us know where you are parked and the make, model and colour of your car. When the doctor is ready for you, they will come and collect you personally. Please wear a face mask at all times - until the doctor asks you to remove this for your test.
Just before your test
The doctor will ask you to remove your face mask and blow your nose to remove any excess respiratory secretions. You should then sanitise your hands with the sanitiser that you brought with you.
After My Test
Most people will need to continue self isolating until they receive their results. Please follow government guidance in this respect at all times:
Do I need to retest?
If you have typical symptoms of Covid-19 but have received a negative result -this may be a "false negative" result. You should therefore continue to self-isolate and take a repeat test 48 hours later.