Or maybe you need a test to return to work, your child might require one to go back to school or Doctor has requested you have one before you attend a private hospital for a scheduled procedure?
Here at the Private Harley Street Clinic, we offer a fast, dedicated, turnaround service to facilitate all of these requirements and more.
** Please note . We are not currently seeing patients who have cold or flu symptoms or have hada close contactwith anyone with confirmed coronavirus in person within the last 14 days. We are also not seeing patients in person who have recently returned from travel within the last 14 days from a country on the current quarantine list. We are offering home testing kits for these patients which can be purchased here.**
How quickly will I get the results?
Please read carefully..
*PLEASE NOTE: For clarification, the timing of receiving your results can be anywhere between 20-48 hours after your test. Generally we get 90% of results back to people inside 24 hours however things such as capacity at the laboratory and test re-runs can mean results take slightly longer. We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.
If you prefer to self administer the test, send the test back by Royal Mail Special Delivery to the address on the instructions included with your kit, or by any courier service that will delivery a Category B sample. Once the laboratory receives the test, the results will be available in 24 to 72 hours.
How do I book or order a test?
You can book your London Clinic Appointment or Central London Home Visit via the button below. This will take you to our booking page.
For inquiries outside of London, please email us HERE and one of our team will get back to you to discuss the best options.
If you want to self administer the test at home, we recommend taking the test in the morning and using Royal Mail Special Delivery or arranging for the courier to collect the same day. This can be ordered via the link below. Please order before 3PM to ensure same day dispatch.
If you require an urgent same day appointment in our London Clinic, we can now accept walk ins between 2PM to 4PM. Alternatively, please call us on 020 3916 5990 and we will try to arrange an appointment.
This antigen test can be performed at home by the client. Antigen tests detect viral RNA. This requires taking a swab from the nose and throat and then analysing the specimen in the lab using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). You may see these tests referred to as PCR tests. They aim to answer: do I carry coronavirus now? If you want to see if you have had covid-19 and developed antibodies, you should take an antibody test.
The chances of detecting virus are highest in the days surrounding the start of symptoms. Ideally samples should be taken from symptomatic individuals between days 1-5 from symptom onset. However, there are many cases when virus can be detected later into the illness. A negative test result is also useful, to tell you that there is no presence of virus on that swab. But please bear in mind that this may be a false negative and isolation guidelines should still be followed. Many institutions use two swabs, 24 hrs apart to confirm a negative case alongside other clinical information.
You can take anantibody testfrom 14 days after the onset of your symptoms.
We only use laboratories with the highest accreditation standards. The organisation that supplies us with the test is on the approved list of the NHS and PHE. This is the same laboratory that supplies us our Abbot antibody test test.
Note that results must be evaluated within the clinical context, which is why this is aclinical servicewhich includes the test, advice on test results and further clinical management.
The used at our laboratory show a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100% when the virus is on the swab with no cross-reactivity with other viruses. This is when the test is performed correctly. The sensitivity can fall for a number of reasons and it is important for the results to be reviewed within their clinical context. Read more about result interpretationhere.
We strongly advise:
Nothing can go in the mouth for at least 2 hours prior to testing, this includes: food, drinks, cigarettes, chewing gum, etc.
Mouthwash not to be used for 24 hours.
Nothing can go in the nose for at least 24 hours prior to testing, this includes: nasal medication, saline, hay fever sprays, cotton buds, etc.
All of the above can inhibit the sample and mean they it needs to be retested or may not enable a conclusive result to be delivered.