Private COVID Test | Private PCR Covid Test

Private COVID Testing

Private Covid tests by London Doctors Clinic. Working in partnership with our laboratory, we are able to offer private same day Covid testing options to patients nationwide. From private PCR tests for travel to rapid Covid testing, we have you covered. Select and book a Covid test below.

Pre and Post travel Covid swab tests start from £99.

Please note we do not work with the laboratory in Wolverhampton that has recently been in the news.

Click here for top tips for booking your home post-travel Covid tests.



Private PCR Covid tests are available at select clinics. Additionally, we can offer a home private PCR Covid test (swab). Book a PCR test today.


Private PCR Covid test (swab)

Type of PCR test Turnaround time Cost
Next Day Pre-Travel Next working day by 8pm £99
Superfast Pre-Travel 4-6 hours £199
Pre-Travel Home Test Within 48 hours  £99
Day 2 or 8  Within 48 hours £99
Test to Release Within 48 hours £99

To book a Covid test, use the booking drop-downs at the top of the page.

Your results will be accessible via our patient portal and will be sent to you via email and text message. You will be able to download the results to prove your covid test has been done and what the outcome was. 

It is your responsibility to determine whether you require an additional Fit to Fly certificate and request and pay for any additional documentation required by your travel provider and/or destination. London Doctors Clinic accepts no responsibility for any disruption to travel as a result of incorrect documentation.

Please note, your name and details are included in the test report which is shared with you via your patient portal. To see the full report, you need to click the print icon in the top right corner and open the document as a PDF.

Our Guarantee

As a negative Covid result becomes a prerequisite for international travel to many countries, we understand the importance of getting your Covid test results returned to you in time. That’s why we only work with the most reliable and efficient laboratories so you get your Covid results back within the specified time, depending on whether you order a Next Day or Superfast test.

In the rare event that your Superfast pre-departure private PCR Covid test is delayed, we’ll refund you the difference between what you paid and the turnaround time you received


Ordering Private PCR Covid Test (home test) for pre-travel

Our Coronavirus swab tests are suitable for you if you are displaying any of the symptoms of COVID-19, believe you have been in contact with someone else who may have COVID-19 or if you require a Covid test for pre-travel.

Please note we cannot be held responsible for any delays to the delivery of your COVID home test kit as a result of Royal Mail turnaround times. We are also not responsible for any delays to your results caused by lab turnaround times. No refunds will be given in these instances.

Private Coronavirus Swab Test for pre-travel

Our private PCR Covid test prices start from £99 for a Home Test Kit and include the postage fee. This is your option for a private Covid test near me. If you have NO symptoms, you can also have your test in select clinics for £99. Please note we don’t swab children under the age of 10.

You can book a clinic appointment (buttons at top of page) or order your private home COVID test for UK departures via the button below.

Delivery options:

  • Standard – Royal Mail Tracked 24 (included in the price) *please note this is for pre-travel Covid tests only 
  • Courier & Collect – *London Zone 1 -4* only (+£45)

For hygiene and personal safety, an opened/used Covid test is non-refundable.


Click here to learn more about our Return to UK Video Covid Test for home delivery.


Book A Covid Test (Antibody)

Our private coronavirus tests (spike antibody) are suitable for you if you think you have previously had coronavirus.

What is a Private Coronavirus Test – Antibody?

The COVID-19 antibody test looks for antibodies in your blood. This tests measures whether you have had the virus in the past. The tests we offer are 99.98% Sensitive and 98.8% Specific in samples taken 14 days or later after a positive private PCR Covid test result. The test will be done via a blood sample taken by a doctor and results will be sent to our partner laboratory.

Alternatively, you can order a Home Antibody Test where the sample is self-collected and then posted back to the lab. 

How to get a Private Coronavirus Antibody Test 

Our in-clinic antibody tests are £70.

Our home self-collection antibody tests cost £60 including postage. 



Delivery of home test kits for pre-travel

Please note that the below delivery information is only relevant for pre-departure Covid tests. For post-travel (Day 2/8 and Test to Release) Covid tests please follow return instructions supplied with tests. Post-travel Covid tests can be returned via our lab partner’s dropbox. 

Royal Mail Track 24 (Standard delivery) (for pre-travel tests only)

Pre-travel UK Covid tests in England, Scotland and Wales are dispatched into Royal Mail Tracked 24 hour service the day after you place your order. This means, for example, if you order on a Monday your test will be dispatched on Tuesday and should be with you by Wednesday. If you order a test on Friday, or over the weekend, it will be dispatched on Monday and should be with you by Tuesday. The ‘Tracked 24’ service aims to deliver the next working day but this is not guaranteed

We cannot guarantee Royal Mail delivery timescales. Tests for NI are shipped 2 days after order. We are unable to ship to any other locations.

Courier & Collect Service (for pre-travel tests only)

A courier option is also available for pre-travel Covid tests Mondays to Fridays for next working day delivery. Our courier will deliver your test to your address. The courier will wait 20 minutes while you take your sample and then take it back to the lab for priority results. If you choose the Courier & Collect service and you live outside of London Zone 1-4, you will automatically be refunded the £45 fee and your test will be delivered by Royal Mail Tracked 24.

Option to upgrade at checkout to Courier & Collect at checkout. Please note there is limited daily availability. 

If you are a corporate client interested in tests for your employees please contact our Corporate Team on 020 8712 3762.

For a non-Coronavirus related private doctor appointment please click here.

Prices may vary in line with supply and demand. Result turnaround times may vary due to demand
Medically reviewed by: Dr Daniel Fenton, GP and Clinical Director at London Doctors Clinic
Reviewed: November 2020
Next review date: November 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my private COVID Home Test kit?

Covid home test kits for pre-departures usually arrive within 1-2 days after you have placed the order and are delivered by Royal Mail Tracked 24. In your home test, you will be provided with a return “Special Business Class” envelope. We are aware that Royal Mail deliveries and returns may be taking longer than normal so if results are wanted quicker we would advise, where it is safe to do so, returning your sample by guaranteed next day delivery. We cannot be held responsible for any delays to the delivery of your COVID home test kit as a result of Royal Mail turnaround times. We are also not responsible for any delays to your results caused by lab turnaround times. No refunds will be given in these instances. This is a great option for those looking for private Covid testing near me. Further test information can be found on this page. Please note that only Covid tests for pre-departure travel are returned by Royal Mail. For more information on returning your post-travel Covid tests, please visit our Day 2/8 page and Test to Release page. Take a look at our range of Day 2 Covid tests as well as our day 2 and 8 test cheapest available to buy directly on our website. Buy your private day 2 and 8 Covid test today.

Can I get a London COVID test near me?

PCR swabs are available at select clinics. Additionally, we can offer a home private PCR Covid test (swab). These clinic tests are only for patients who are not displaying symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should order our Covid home test only. This is a great option for those asking for Covid testing near me. If you have symptoms or are quarantining post-travel, it is important for everyone’s safety that you stay at home. You can get a test via the NHS if you have symptoms. If you do not have symptoms but want a London COVID test, you can order our test online to be delivered to your home. We offer a variety of PCR Swabs in clinic to suit your requirements and different time frames. A Private PCR covid test in clinic is only available to patients who are not displaying symptoms of COVID-19 e.g. if you need a PCR swab test for travel purposes including pre-travel and post-travel. Book your PCR tests for travel today.

Can I take the COVID-19 antibody test in one of your clinics?

Yes, antibody testing can be done in any of our clinics. You will need to book a 15-minute GP appointment and request the antibody test in the notes section for £70.

What does a Covid home test involve?

You will receive a covid home testing kit with everything you need and step by step instructions.  You will use the swabs provided to take nasal and throat swabs by scraping inside the nose and at the back of the throat.  The swabs should be sealed in the containers provided and posted back to the laboratory for testing.

How do I get the results for a Covid test near me?

You will receive an email with your results once they are available and advice from one of our doctors if your test is positive. Check our options on this page for Same day covid testing as well as other private Covid testing options. We also now offer Private Manchester Covid tests.

Can I get a PCR Swab test for travelling abroad?

Our COVID swab tests are suitable for travel purposes but note it is your responsibility to ensure you have your results in time. You will receive a results letter detailing the date of your sample and date of issue of your result. On some occasions, samples may require re-testing, please ensure you leave enough time between your flight and test time. Book a private PCR Covid test today. Please check the government website or your destination for entry/exit requirements and details of specific test acceptance. PCR testing for travel is available on this page. Book your PCR tests for travel today.

How quickly will I get results back?

Standard private PCR home covid test results from the laboratory will be available within 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the lab.  Our in-clinic Next Day PCR swabs guarantee results the next working day by 8pm. In the rare event that your Superfast pre-departure Covid PCR swab is delayed, we’ll refund you the difference between what you paid and the turnaround time you received. Our Superfast PCR swab has guaranteed same-day results (4-6 hours), for rapid Covid testing. In your Covid home test, you will be provided with a return “Special Business Class” envelope. We are aware that Royal Mail returns may be taking longer than normal so if results are wanted quicker we would advise, where it is safe to do so, returning your sample by guaranteed next day delivery for rapid Covid testing. Please note that while we will do everything we can to get your test results as soon as possible, exact turnaround times cannot be guaranteed for Postal tests. We cannot be held responsible for turnaround times and no refunds will be available where tests are delayed due to lab processing. Book a PCR test today directly on this page. PCR testing for travel available now.

What is the Courier & Collect option?

The Courier & Collect option is a rapid covid testing delivery and pick up service. Our courier will deliver your test to your address the next working day after you have completed the order. The courier will then wait 20 minutes whilst you take your sample and then take it back to the lab for priority results. We have limited daily availability. If this option is not available at the checkout it means we have reached our daily limit. Book PCR tests for travel using the links on this page.

Where can I get a COVID test near me?

We are currently offering COVID-19 tests in select clinics for patients without symptoms. See relevant clinics further up the page if you are looking for Covid testing near me. We now also offer Private Manchester Covid tests. If you are currently showing symptoms or self-isolating, please order a Covid home test instead of in-clinic covid testing near me.

What is Coronavirus?

Coronavirus are a large family of viruses with some strains associated with illnesses like the common cold, and others causing more severe disease such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). They have been around a long time. COVID-19 is a new strain of Coronavirus which appears to have been transmitted from animals to humans. Book with us today if you need Covid testing near me, wherever you are.If you are planning to go on holiday, you can book a PCR test for travel today.

What are the main symptoms?

There are lots of different symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms include a fever above 37.8 degrees along with a new continuous dry cough. Other possible symptoms of coronavirus including tiredness, loss of sense of smell and taste, headaches and other bodily aches and pains.  Less common symptoms may also include a runny nose, sore throat, and diarrhoea. Some people may be asymptomatic – i.e. have no symptoms at all – although could still pass on the virus to others they are in contact with. Symptoms may be similar to common coughs and colds and even hay fever. 

Where did the Virus originate?

The first reported cases were in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 which is why it is sometimes referred to as the ‘Wuhan virus’.  The virus has now spread to every continent and many countries across the globe.

Is the coronavirus test refundable?

You are eligible for a refund if you have requested this within 14 days of your order and if the home test and packaging are unopened, undamaged and untampered and returned to us within 30 days after your order. All refunds are processed minus a £15 administration fee which covers our reasonable costs of processing the refund.  Refunds are made within 7 working days to the card you originally paid on. If you cancel your contract within the cancellation period and you are entitled to a refund we will process the refund for the price you paid for the Home Test (a) within 7 business days of receiving a cancellation request if the Home Test has not been dispatched; or (b) within 7 business days of the return of the Home Test if the Home Test has been dispatched, and We can verify that the Home Test and packaging is in a condition which has not been opened, damaged, tampered or used in any way.

What happens if I test positive?

We will notify Public Health England if you are confirmed as testing positive. If you can manage your symptoms without complications, you should stay at home. If your condition worsens you should contact NHS 111 who will be able to provide more advice.

Can I stop social distancing if my test is negative?

No. You should continue to follow the latest government guidelines even if you test negative. A negative test does NOT mean you are immune (protected against the virus) and there is a possibility that you may contract it later down the line.  You may wish to consider further testing if you develop new symptoms or are concerned.

What can I do to protect myself from contracting Coronavirus?

The virus is thought to spread by infected people coughing or sneezing which spreads droplets.  The virus is spread when droplets from an infected person are transferred to the eyes, nose or mouth to another person, usually by touching our faces. The virus can sometimes also be spread when an infected person touches a surface and leaves traces of the virus behind which are then transferred to somebody else.  Social distancing and good hand hygiene will help to keep you safe.

Is coronavirus dangerous?

For most people symptoms are mild. Some groups, who have been asked to shield or self-isolate for extended periods may particularly be at risk. This includes people undergoing certain cancer treatments including chemotherapy, people with underlying health conditions and pregnant women. Older patients (those aged over 70) are also thought to be more at risk. Coronavirus can cause complications such as breathing difficulties or trigger pneumonia which can be more serious and, in some cases, fatal. Most people will make a full recovery over time.

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