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Covid-19 swab testing

Covid-19 swab testing at EdgCARE private community family doctors

EdgCARE - Private Community Doctors are pleased to announce that we are working with our accredited partner laboratory to provide Covid-19 swab testing. The Covid-19 swab test aims to detect the presence of viral genetic material via a throat and nose swab. This test is suitable if you are presently experiencing any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or you believe you may have had contact with someone else who has Covid-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is it for?
The Covid-19 swab test is ideal for people who currently have symptoms of Covid-19. However, It cannot tell you if you have had Covid-19 in the past (if you are now fully recovered). It is also useful for Keyworkers who may be self-isolating following a Covid-19 contact and want to get back to work (which a negative test may allow).

Is this the antibody test?
No. We are following Public Health England guidance that there are currently no reliable or validated antibody tests available on the market. If this changes, we would hope to offer one of the validated tests.

Can I stop social distancing if I have a negative swab test?
No. You will need to continue following government advice on Social Distancing as you still may be susceptible to the virus.

Will my test results be shared with Public Health England if they are positive?
Yes. Together with our partner laboratory we will ensure that Public Health England are informed of a new Covid-19 case confirmed via a swab test.

How will I receive my results?
You results will arrive by email within 72hrs of the test being taken.

How much does the test cost?
There are 2 options:

“Drive through” testing: £175
You will be given a “drive through” appointment time for you to attend our Edgware branch site and one of our team (wearing full personal protective equipment) will pass the kit through your car window for you to take the swabs. We will then arrange for transport directly to the laboratory.

“Home Visit” testing: £275
One of our team will attend your house wearing full protective equipment and wait while you do your nose and throat swabs. We will then arrange for transport directly to the laboratory of the samples.

Book an appointment now by calling
0800 689 0613

Or request a response by a Doctor, Nurse or the Practice Manager*.
We offer appointments same day, evenings and weekends.

*8.00am to 10.00pm