Covid-19 PCR RNA Test [ Do I have Covid-19? ]
Throat & Nasal PCR tests are now available for next day delivery. This test looks for fragments of the Covid-19 virus (RNA) on the test swab.
A minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%, with no cross-reactivity with other viruses.
Simple swab test to be taken at home and sent to our partner laboratory.
Who should take this test?
If you have current symptoms of Covid-19, including a persistent cough, high fever or shortness of breath symptoms. Additionally, if you believe that you have had recent exposure to the virus and are worried that you may be infectious. In the earliest stages of the illness, many patients may be asymptomatic.
The PCR test detects the presence of Covid-19.
ZoomDoc can provide this test to all patients aged 5 years and above.
When should this test be undertaken?
We recommend that you undertake this test between days 1-14 of the onset of symptoms or if you believe that you have recently been exposed to the virus.
What is included?
- Covid-19 PCR Self Swab Test
- Recorded, next day delivery of your test (if booked before 3.30pm Mon-Fri)
- 24hr Tracked Royal Mail Return
- Results are normally available 1-2 days from receipt by the laboratory
- Patients emailed with results & certificate
- What will happen after purchase of a test kit?
After purchase of your test kit, it will be immediately dispatched to your home or office. After it arrives, you must activate the test with the details of the patient undertaking the test. There are full instructions on the test kit box
- What will happen if I do not activate my test kit properly?
Unfortunately if your test is not correctly activated we will be unable to contact you with your results. If you feel that you haven’t correctly activated your test kit you must contact us as soon as possible.
- I’ve activated and taken my test, now what?
Please ensure your test is packed as per the instructions within the test kit. You should then send your test to the lab as soon as possible by either using the attached pre-paid tracked24 label to post it or, for much faster results you may wish to courier it to the lab in Central London. Do not take your test to the Lab if you have any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19.
The unique test kit code is listed on your test kit box and should be used at the time of activation.
- What do I need to do before taking my test?
Please wash your hands thoroughly. Ideally you should not take your test in close proximity to others, make sure you sanitise the area in which you take your test e.g. tables, mirrors etc.
- What is the PCR Swab Test?
The test involves taking a single combined swab of your throat and then nose.
It is a PCR test that detects the genetic information of the virus, the RNA. This is only possible if the virus is there and someone is actively infected. By detecting the viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the test can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.
We provide an instruction leaflet and video that details how you should take the test.
You will need to take samples from both your throat and nostrils. This can feel uncomfortable, you may feel like gagging but you should not experience pain. Do not insert the swab any deeper if you begin to experience strong resistance or pain.
- When will I receive my results?
We aim to have your results to you via SMS within 24-48 hours of the lab receiving your test, tests couriered to the lab will usually be processed quicker.
- How Accurate are the tests
The assays used at TDL show a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%, with no cross-reactivity with other viruses.
The test is performed by The Doctors Laboratory, who provide quality UK accredited pathology services worldwide. The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) is a medically-led laboratory, established in 1987. It is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK.
If you suspect that you have been exposed to the coronavirus due to you having recently travelled to a high-risk country, you think you may have come into contact with someone who has Covid-19 or you have symptoms then you can do the swab test between 1-5 days post exposure.
However, symptoms may not appear for up to two weeks after you have become infected with the virus. This means that it is possible to spread the virus without having any symptoms.
- What if my swab test is positive?
If you test positive
- You must immediately self-isolate for a minimum of seven days to prevent spreading the virus to others
- You must then use the online coronavirus 111 service who will advise you on the next steps to take.