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Covid-19 Swab Tests

Covid-19 Swab Tests

The Covid-19 PCR Swab Test

EdgCARE - Private Community Family Doctors - is listed on the government website to provide Covid-19 PCR Testing. Our PCR testing is overseen by one of our doctors and then sent off to our accredited partner laboratory with results available within 24-36 hours. 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 and how to prepare for it beforehand. 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 (£115)

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 and meet one of our doctors whereupon you will be given a self-swab pack to perform a throat and nose swab.

How much does it cost?

The service costs £115 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: reception@edgcare.net

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

PCR Tests for Symptomatic Patients (£100)

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 (£100)

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. 

Same Day Results (add £40)

If you need your results in a hurry we offer an "Express" service for a same day result. Appointments need to be booked in before 1pm and results come through by around 8pm. The cost of the Express service is an additional £40 i.e. £155 for an Express Travel PCR swab with a Fit to Fly certificate, or £140 for an Express Symptoms / No Symptoms swab.

Drive Through Service

Whatever the reason for needing a Covid swab 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 be there to meet 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.

Click here for information on our Day 2 testing

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

Day 2 Arrival international arrivals testing (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 come through within 36 hours, although typically within 24 or on the same day if you opt for our Express service. 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.

 

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 at EdgCARE.

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: £100

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 to perform your self-swab. For the Express / Same Day Results service, add £40.

Travel PCR Swab Test with "Fit to Fly" Certificate: £115

As above, you will be given a “drive through” appointment time for you to attend our Edgware branch site and to perform your self-swab. Your "Fit to Fly" certificate will be emailed to you once your result is in. For the Express / Same Day Results service, add £40.

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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