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COVID-19 PCR Laboratory Test

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer or other disease, you may be worried about the risk of continuing with treatment before ruling out the possibility of you having the COVID-19 virus, particularly if you are immunosuppressed.

This PCR test can help you and your clinician to determine the safest treatment plan for you during the coronavirus pandemic.

The test is used for the early detection of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). With 98% sensitivity and 100% specificity, the CE marked, Public Health England approved test is accurate from the earliest pre-symptomatic stage of infection. The test does not tell you, however, if you have had the virus – please see our antibody test.

From the results, you and your clinician will be able to make informed decisions about whether or not it is safe for you to continue with surgery, treatment such as chemotherapy, or medication at that time.

You can purchase this test kit directly yourself or by discussing accessing the test with your clinician.

Test only available to those aged 18 years or above.

Got a box? Enter your serial number in the box below. It is located on the reverse of the kit and consist of 14 numbers.

If you need any assistance, please call +44 (0) 1270 623 179.

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The benefits of you taking this test during the coronavirus pandemic, whether you are undergoing treatment or not, include:

  • Peace of mind before commencing any form of treatment or continuing/returning to work
  • Identifies COVID-19 from early stages of infection
  • Quick and easy to use with no specialist equipment required
  • Fast turnaround of test results in just 3 working days from receipt of sample
  • You can screen anywhere, at a clinic or in your own home
  • Secure and easy access to results online
  • Includes free 15 minute post-test teleconsultation with registered GP (if required), if purchased directly by you
  • Assists in the control of viral transmission to your family and the wider community
  • Suitable for sample self-collection or administration by healthcare professional
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Samples are collected using a sterile nasal and throat swab by either a registered healthcare professional or patient self-collection. All test kits come with an easy-to-follow guide on how to perform the test and read the results. Samples should be taken from symptomatic patients between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms or can be used as a clinical management tool prior to any treatment taking place. Once sample has been collected, it should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible using the special packaging provided.

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Buy Online

Step 1 – Purchase

Buy the COVIDtestUK PCR Laboratory Test using the ‘Buy Now’ tab above and following the instructions.

Orders can be processed Mon – Fri only. Orders placed by 11am are dispatched same day by courier.

Step 2 – Collection of Sample

Important – posting your sample to the lab

Royal Mail is not accepting any COVID-19 samples at post office counters or non-priority postboxes. Track 24 parcels must be taken to a Royal Mail Customer Service Point not a Post Office Branch. To find your nearest Royal Mail Customer Service Point click here and enter your postcode.

On receipt of the test kits, administer the test (either yourself or by your clinician), following the ‘how to use guide’ provided. Return sample to the laboratory in the special packaging provided.

Step 3 – Analysis and Reporting

Your sample will be analysed, and a report will be generated, usually within three working days of receipt of your sample in the laboratory.

Step 4 – Results

Your clinician will receive the test report and will then be able to make an appointment to talk through your options. If ordered directly, read the guidance provided on what the results mean. Arrange a teleconsultation if required.

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Results are provided within 3 working days of receipt of sample in the laboratory. The test will show either a positive (you have COVID-19) or negative (you don’t have COVID-19) result for COVID-19.

All test kits come with an easy-to-follow guide on how to perform the test and read the results.

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Supporting the clinical management of immunosuppressed patients during the coronavirus pandemic

The COVIDtestUK PCR Laboratory Test is for the early detection of COVID-19 in patients with cancer or other diseases.

The CE marked and Public Health England approved test is accurate from the earliest pre-symptomatic stage of infection. However, it does not show whether a patient has had the virus previously – please see our antibody test.

The PCR laboratory test should be considered as a vital companion test alongside diagnostic testing for the safe clinical management of immunosuppressed patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

From the results, you and your patient will be able to make informed decisions about whether or not it is safe for you to continue with surgery, treatment such as chemotherapy, or medication at that time.

The test requires a throat and nasal swab sample to be collected for processing at our accredited UK laboratory, The Doctors Laboratory in London. With a turnaround time of the test results in 3 working days from receipt of the sample, we will provide notification of the results to the clinician or patient and provide you with access to them via a secure online portal.

Assay Performance

  • 98% Sensitivity
  • 100% Specificity
  • 98.8% Accuracy

Benefits of the Test

  • CE marked and Public Health England approved
  • Secure, easy-to-access test results online
  • Laboratory results within 3 working days of receipt of sample
  • Ideal for triage and screening tool
  • Screen anywhere
  • Easy-to-use with no specialist equipment required
  • Identifies COVID-19 infection from early stages
  • Assists in the control of viral transmission

Download and share our information leaflet with your patients – click here

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1 The laboratory is listed in the Capacity Data Site for NHSE – this means that their activity is included in the country’s data and all results are reported PHE.

2 Reference: Extraction-free COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnosis by RT-PCR to increase capacity for national testing programmes during a pandemic – Paul R Grant, Melanie A Turner, Gee Yen Shin, Eleni Nastouli, Lisa J Levett 15 April 2020

This test is provided by:

COVIDtestUK