TEST YOURSELF FOR THE PRESENCE OF CORONAVIRUS IN YOUR OWN HOME USING OUR SWAB TEST KIT
FAST LAB SAMPLING RESULTS
The PCR covid-19 test will tell you whether you had an active case of covid-19 when you took the sample.
The PCR test looks for the presence of the covid-19 virus on swabs taken from your throat. It is very accurate and will be able to confirm whether anyone with symptoms is actively infected with the virus.
Your PCR test result will allow you to make correct decisions about self-isolating to protect your family, colleagues and others from infection.
CityDoc is registered with the Care Quality Commission and the same body has given permission to CityDoc to carry out covid-19 PCR testing under its registered services.
If you think you have had covid-19 and recovered, the antibody test may give you a more useful result.
What does the covid-19 antibody test involve?
The covid-19 PCR swab test kit requires a throat swab sample to be collected and sent back to our accredited UK laboratory for testing.
The test kit that we send you has full instructions that are easy to follow. It contains a sterile PCR swab, like an extra-long cotton bud, that you use to take a sample from your throat. You then send the swab to our lab in the postage-paid envelope.
If you have any questions about taking the testing sample from your throat or sending it to our lab, our patient care team can help you.
What is in my PCR test kit?
Inside your home testing package, you will find:
- A sterile PCR swab
- A pathology form
- A postage-paid envelope to return your sample to us
We will also provide you with a full set of instructions detailing how to collect your sample.
The test kit is only available to UK residents at this time.
|COVID PCR Test||Specifications|
|Type of Test||PCR Throat Swab|
|Accuracy of Test||99.9% with correct swab technique|
|Turnaround Time of Test ||3 - 4 Working days|
|All Postage Costs||Free|
What do the accuracy rates for covid-19 testing mean?
Trials from our accredited UK laboratory have established a 99% accuracy rate for the PCR swab test we use. This means that if we test 100 people with an active infection, we can expect to get 99 positive results. So the test identifies 99% of people with an active covid-19 infection. Our test is sensitive to fewer than 100 copies of the target viral RNA, making it a highly accurate test.
What should I do if my covid-19 PCR throat swab test is positive?
If your covid-19 PCR test is positive our patient care representative will talk you through the next steps. You and your household will need to isolate.
For more information go to the NHS covid-19 website. Do not visit a health centre such as a hospital, GP surgery or pharmacy. Do not come to one of our clinics.
What should I do if my covid-19 PCR throat swab test is negative?
A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with covid-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal. However, if you have symptoms, follow the advice on the NHS covid-19 website.