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Covid-19 Swab Tests

Covid-19 Swab Tests

The Covid-19 PCR Swab Test

The Covid-19 PCR swab test is administered by one of our doctors and then sent off to our accredited partner laboratory with results typically available within 24-48 hours. However, the vast majority of our results are available the next day. This test aims to detect the presence of viral genetic material via a throat and nose swab. Please click here for information on what to expect when you have your swab test. We offer the convenience of a "Drive-Through" service in our Edgware Surgery, North-West London location. There are a number of reasons why you might book for a PCR swab test and these are outlined below. 

Travel PCR Swabs with "Fit to Fly" Certificate 

Typically, this test is required by airlines prior to international travel. If you are travelling as a group then please tell our team as discounts are available for bulk bookings (more than 5 patients).

How is this performed?

You will attend our Drive Through Covid-19 testing centre in Edgware, North West London whereupon one of our doctors will perform a throat and nose swab for you.

How much does it cost?

The service costs £175 and this includes the provision of your "Fit to Fly" certificate which will be emailed to you. 

What information will you need from me?

If you are intending to use our service then we would encourage you to "get ahead of the game" and complete our Fit to Fly registration form - this will give us all the information and necessary consents to share information with you smoothly. 

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/covidfittotravel/

How do I book?

Telephone: 0203 818 9240

Email: [email protected]

Web Enquiry Form: https://www.privatedoctorsnorthlondon.co.uk/appointments/

PCR Tests for Symptomatic Patients (£150)

The test is also suitable if you are presently experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 and is the "gold standard" test for diagnosis. 

Patients with No Symptoms (£150)

You can also have a PCR swab test if you have had contact with a Covid-19 positive patient or just wish to check for any evidence of Covid-19 infection without symptoms. The PCR test is the most accurate way to do this. However, in this situation you also have the option of using the "Rapid 20 minute" test - please see below for more details. 

Drive Through Service

Whatever the reason for needing a Covid swab test - whether its a PCR test or a Rapid Test - we offer the convenience of a Drive-Through service. No need to leave your car. You will be directed into our Drive Through Covid testing area where one of our doctors dressed in full Personal Protective Equipment will perform a Throat and Nose swab for you. 

Results by SMS text and Email 

As soon as your results are ready, our team will send you an SMS text message with your result. You will simultaneously also be given access to a pdf certificate which you can use as evidence of your test and result. We have a dedicated results team who pride themselves on getting your result to you as promptly as possible.

The Covid-19 Rapid Test - result in 20 minutes

EdgCARE is using the Innova Rapid Antigen Test to provide this service. The Innova test is widely used by the NHS and has been rigorously evaluated. Since this test is not as accurate as the PCR swab test we are only offering it to people who do not have current symptoms of Covid-19. This means it is primarily used as a screening test to look for people who may have Covd-19 infection and be contagious without having any symptoms.  This test costs £140.

Click here for information on our "Test to Release" Covid-19 Service

 

Frequently Asked Questions

EdgCARE does not accept any liability for cancelled travel plans as a result of delayed Covid-19 Swab results. Circumstances beyond the control of our service may lead to a delayed result. These circumstances may include:

Increased Sample Volume in the Laboratory

This may result in turnaround times increasing significantly.

Insufficient Sample with a Repeat Swab Needed

Very occasionally swabs are not suitable for laboratory analysis and need to be repeated. This may be due to insufficient sample or other factors in the laboratory.

By using our PCR swab service patients accept full liability for any cancelled travel or work plans as a result of delayed swab results. 

We offer the Covid-19 swab test for adults and children who currently have symptoms of Covid-19 or who have been in contact with someone who has tested positive. Other reasons for having a Covid-19 swab test done include:

"Fit to Fly" certificates

"Test To Release" - when you have returned from a non Travel Corridor country (see our separate "Test to Release" Covid-19 Service page for more details

Screening - many people may wish to check for evidence of Covid infection in the absence of symptoms

Covid PCR Swab Tests

Results are typically available within 24-48 hours. The vast majority of our results are available the day after your test i.e. next day results. We will send you the results as soon as we receive them. In extenuating circumstances lab volumes may increase and results may take longer. Please see our Terms & Conditions for other circumstances where a result may be delayed.

Rapid Antigen Tests

The result takes 20 minutes to process - so you are welcome to wait in your car and we will come and give you a verbal result immediately. Or, if you prefer, you can go home and we will phone you with the result instead. You will still receive a PDF certificate by email. 

No. Since it is possible that you are still "incubating" the virus at any point during the 10 days quarantine period, a negative swab result does not allow you to end your Quarantine early. 

This is a very important question. You will need to click on the link below and read the government guidance on what constitutes a significant contact. If you have had a significant contact then you will need to isolate for 10 days regardless of your Covid-19 swab result - as per the previous question.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

 

Yes. Together with our partner laboratory we ensure that Public Health England are informed of all Covid-19 test results performed by the EdgCARE team.

Results by SMS text and Email 

As soon as your results are ready, our team will send you an SMS text message with your result. You will simultaneously also be given access to a pdf certificate which you can use as evidence of your test and result. We have a dedicated results team who pride themselves on getting your result to you as promptly as possible.

We post updates on our Twitter feed & on the Service Updates section of our website if results are taking longer to come through.

“Drive through” testing: £150

PCR Swab Test for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. You will be given a “drive through” appointment time for you to attend our Edgware branch site and one of our fully qualified GPs (wearing full personal protective equipment) will perform the test for you. 

Travel PCR Swab Test with "Fit to Fly" Certificate: £175

As above, you will be given a “drive through” appointment time for you to attend our Edgware branch site and one of our fully qualified GPs (wearing full personal protective equipment) will perform the test for you and your "Fit to Fly" certificate will be emailed to you once your result is in. 

"Rapid" Antigen Test: £140 

If you are having a Rapid test because of contact with a Covid-19 case, or for screening purposes, the cost is £140. 

No. The Covid-19 swab tests are not the antibody test. The swab tests look for evidence of current infection with Covid-19 whereas the Antibody test looks for evidence of previous infection with Covid-19. We also offer the antibody test - please speak to the team for details. 

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