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COVID-19 PCR Test (Travel Test)

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COVID-19 PCR Tests detect DNA related to the coronavirus. This type of test can determine whether someone is currently infected with COVID-19. The PCR test is an invaluable tool for protecting the health of the general public and preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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The PCR Test confirms if you are currently infected with COVID-19. The UK government have been using this type of test to screen key workers and protect the public from the spread of the coronavirus. Furthermore, PCR Tests are becoming increasingly important for determining whether people are safe to travel, particularly when travelling abroad.

Sample collection involves taking a swab of the nose or throat. The swab will pick up any genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Following this, the swab will be sent to the CQC laboratory that we have partnered with. If the laboratory find genetic material related to SARS-CoV-2 in your sample, this shows that you are infected with COVID-19.

  1. Order your PCR Test Kit.

You can use this page to order your PCR Test. This is a home testing kit, which requires you to take a sample and send this off to the laboratory that we have partnered with. You can give us a call on 0207 1646 955 if you have any questions about whether this is the right test for you.

  1. Register your kit and undergo a pre-test consultation.

Once you receive your PCR Test Kit, you should give us a call on 0207 1646 955 to register your home testing kit and to undergo a pre-test consultation. By doing so, you can ensure that you understand how to use the test properly. A pre-test consultation is included in the price of the PCR Test.

  1. Use the swab to collect a sample

The PCR Test Kit comes with a swab to collect a sample from your nose or throat. Once you have taken your swab, you should put this into the tube provided that contains preservative liquid.

  1. Send the sample to the laboratory

Place the sealed sample into the pre-paid postage envelope provided with the kit. We recommend that you post it as soon as possible after collecting the sample.

  1. Receive your results

You will receive your results from the laboratory within 48 hours. They will dictate if you have tested positive for COVID-19.

  1. Undergo a post-test consultation

If you wish to discuss your PCR Test results, you can give us a call on 0207 1646 955.

  • Which countries require a PCR test?
  • What is the PCR Test?

      PCR stands for ‘polymerase chain reaction.’ This type of test involves the replication and analysis of DNA within a sample to establish if this matches the genetic material of a specific antigen. In the case of this PCR Test, medical researchers will determine if genetic material related to SARS-CoV-2 is present within your sample.

      In order to enable the laboratory to conduct the PCR Test, an individual must use a swab to collect a sample from their nose or throat.

  • When should I use the PCR Test?

      You should consider taking the PCR test if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. By doing so, you will be able to confirm if you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2.

      The PCR test should also be taken before and after travelling, to ensure you and others are safe from the spread of COVID-19.

       

       

  • Why should I take the PCR Test before and after travelling?

      You should take the PCR test before travelling, particularly if you are going abroad or travelling by methods of public transport such as trains and planes. This will give you peace of  mind as you know that you will not be passing on the coronavirus to others. However, you should still maintain safety measures such as social distancing. Furthermore, some airlines may require that you undergo a PCR test before travelling by plane.

      Depending on where you are travelling, you may be required to quarantine upon your return. You should consider taking a PCR test at this point to confirm whether it is safe for you to return to work and your daily activities. Please note that the PCR test would not replace any quarantine measures that may be imposed, as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to be present after exposure to the coronavirus.

  • What happens once the sample has been collected?

      When an individual has used a swab to collect a sample, this must be sent to the CQC laboratory that we have partnered with.

      Once the laboratory have received the sample, they will begin the analysis of the sample. The DNA within the sample will be isolated, separated and copied.

      DNA is separated into single strands before it is replicated. Duplication involves the use of ‘primers,’ which are short sequences of DNA that match the ends of the DNA within your sample. The enzyme ‘polymerase’ is used to accelerate this process. When the DNA has been replicated, it will once again become double-stranded.

      These stages are repeated numerous times until the quantity of DNA within the sample is of a sufficient size to be analysed effectively.

      Next, the medical researchers will examine the DNA to determine if it matches the genetic material of COVID-19.

       

  • Is the PCR Test specific to COVID-19?

      The PCR Test that we offer is specific to COVID-19. However, there are alternative types of PCR Test on the market which diagnose different infections.

  • Who can have the COVID-19 PCR Test?

      Anyone can undergo the PCR Test. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding can also take this type of COVID-19 test.

  • Is this method of testing approved?

      Yes. PCR Testing has been approved by Public Health England for diagnosing current infections of COVID-19.

  • Results

      You will receive your results within 48 hours after the laboratory have received your sample.

      There are two types of result:

      Positive 

      This means that you are currently infected with SARS-CoV-2. Whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you should follow government advice and self-isolate immediately. You should inform anyone you have been in contact with recently so they can take the appropriate precautions.

      You should contact the NHS for further guidance by visiting their website or calling 111.

      Negative

      You are not currently infected with COVID-19. It is important to remember that this does not mean that you will not be infected with COVID-19 in the future. Therefore, you should still be cautious and follow regulations such as social distancing to avoid infection. If you experience symptoms after taking the test, you should self-isolate.

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