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Private Coronavirus Test

COVID-19 Coronavirus Testing UK

London Doctors Clinic, working in partnership with our laboratory, is now able to offer private Coronavirus testing to patients nationwide.

Test Type Price  
Antibody Clinic Test (HLA) Oxford Street £99 inc. appointment Book now
Antibody Clinic Test (HLA) King’s Cross £99 inc. appointment Book now
Antibody Clinic Test (Doctor) From £139 inc. appointment* Book now
PCR Swab Test (Home test) £189 inc. postage Buy now
COVID Health MOT £199 inc. health screen & antibody test Book Now

*Weekday/Weekend consultation prices apply.

COVID-19 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. We are able to provide the Public Health England approved Abbott coronavirus antibody test, that has 99% accurate sensitivity and specificity to SARS-CoV-2. The test will be done via a blood sample taken by a doctor or Healthcare Assistant and results will be sent to our partner laboratory. To find out more click here.

COVID-19 Test – Swabs 

We are offering a PCR swab test which detects active presence of the virus i.e. shows that you currently have COVID-19. These are the tests currently used by the NHS and approved by Public Health England and are fully compliant with government guidelines. Tests kits are sent to your home and swabs are analysed in a laboratory with results in 3 working days from receipt of the sample by the lab. To find out more click here.

If you require a doctor to provide a COVID-19 Fit to Fly Certificate to confirm the results of your PCR swab test, we can provide that for an additional £25 (exl. VAT). Simply get in touch with us after you have ordered your swab test. 

 

Ordering your Private Coronavirus Test 

We’ve wanted to offer a test to help stem the spread of COVID-19 for some weeks. We are delighted to now be in a position to do this.  Our testing is NOT taking vital resources away from the NHS and is fully in line with PHE’s approach. Our ongoing laboratory partner has confirmed that they can guarantee a continuous supply of tests for our patients, and will only offer testing we can confidently fulfil.

We’re aware that some people don’t meet the criteria for testing on the NHS and/or would like to take the strain off the NHS and pay for a private coronavirus test. We hope that by offering more access to tests we will slow the spread of the virus and help people return to health and get back to their everyday lives more quickly.

Our Coronavirus 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 think you have had coronavirus. 

If you’d like to speak to one of our doctors, you can book a same day video appointment

Private Coronavirus Antibody Test – currently available in clinic only

Our antibody tests start are £99 in our Central London HLA-led clinic. Prices to book your antibody test with a GP at any clinic start from £139. 

Delivery options:please note postal antibody tests are temporarily unavailable. You can book a clinic appointment with a GP (button below) or HLA (above) to have your antibody test done.

  • Standard – Royal Mail Tracked 24 (included in the price) 
  • Courier & Collect – *London Zone 1 -4 only* (+£45)
 

Private Coronavirus Swab Test 

Our swab tests for members of the public are from £189 including postage fee*. Tests are only available for UK shipping. 

Delivery options:

  • Standard – Royal Mail Tracked 24 (included in the price) 
  • Courier & Collect – *London Zone 1 -4* only (+£45)

 

For hygiene and personal safety, opened/used tests are non-refundable.

Delivery of home test kits

Royal Mail Track 24 (Standard delivery)

Tests for 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

Please also be aware that Royal Mail is only delivering on weekdays and not Saturdays at present and unfortunately, 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 

A courier option is also available 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 same 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. 

Discounted testing for all key workers 

We are offering discounts for all keyworkers on our PCR swab test. If you are a key worker, find out more here.

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

 

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: April 2020
Next review date: April 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses 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.

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 cough, which is usually a dry cough rather than a chesty one.  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.  Using one of our swab tests will let you check whether you have COVID-19 or are suffering from another illness.

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.   

What do the tests involve?

For swab tests: You will receive a 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.

For antibody tests*: You will receive your home test kit with step by step instruction on how to take your finger-prick blood sample. Once you have collected the sample it should be sealed in the containers provided and posted back to the lab.

*Currently the antibody test is only available in clinic with the sample taken by a clinician 

 

Are self-collection kits still available for antibody tests?

We have temporarily paused our self-collection kits but can offer the Public Health England approved antibody test at any of our Clinics in London or Birmingham which are conducted by a trained clinician.

We are the only clinic that offers the test to all patients in our dedicated phlebotomy clinics for £99 or in any GP appointment for £139 (Mon-Friday) or £154(weekends/bank holidays) if you wish to get the most accurate results.

Can I have my antibody test done in clinic?

Yes. You may book an appointment to have our premium service and have your blood sample taken at our Oxford Street Clinic by our health care assistant. This is priced at £99 and you can book here.

For the safety of our staff and other patients, you must NOT attend our clinic or choose this option if you have a cough, fever, shortness of breath or other COVID-19 symptoms. 

If you have symptoms you should consider a PCR swab instead. These are done via a home test kit. We do NOT conduct swab tests in clinic.

Alternately, if you wish to have a GP appointment to discuss an antibody test, please book a 15-minute GP appointment (£65) and our GP can take your sample in clinic (£74). 

I bought a home test kit for the antibody test but have read online/in newspapers that tests aren’t recommended to be done by self-sampling, can I cancel my test?

If you have not yet conducted your self-collection test, you may come into one of our clinics and have a blood sample taken by one of our clinicians in a 15-minute appointment. You will need to return your home kit at your appointment.

Alternately, you may return your test kit to us by tracked delivery or provide proof of postage and we will process a refund upon receipt of the unopened/unused test kit.

If you have completed your test, it will be processed by the laboratory. Self-collection of samples is a well-established and approved method for blood sampling and is widely used for other blood tests such as cholesterol, kidney function, liver function and hormones. Our laboratory has successfully conducted internal verification tests on self-collected samples specifically for COVID antibodies.

The laboratory is satisfied that the accuracy of the tests are in line with those quoted for formal blood tests as approved by PHE and have submitted them for external validation to UKAS and the MHRA.

Whilst we can’t make any definitive guarantees, we fully expect the antibody self-collection kits to be made available again after the MHRA has concluded their review.

When will I receive my COVID-19 Home Test kit?

Test kits 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 have no control over how long they will take to deliver your test after we have posted it to you and cannot guarantee their delivery timescales.

What is the Courier & Collect option?

The Courier & Collect option is a rapid 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. 

How quickly will I get results back?

Results from the laboratory will be available around 3 working days from receipt of the sample by the lab. 

In your 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.

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.

 

How do I get my results?

You will receive an email with your results once they are available and advice from one of our doctors if your test is positive.

Is the coronavirus test refundable?

All opened or used coronavirus tests are non-refundable for hygiene and personal safety reasons. 

If your test in unopened and unused you may be eligible for a refund. Any returned tests need to obtain proof of postage or be tracked so we can process the refund. 

Can I take the test in one of your clinics?

Antibody testing can be done in our clinics. You will need to book a 15-minute GP appointment (£65) and request the antibody test (£74) in the notes section.

To protect our patients and employees we will not be offering COVID-19 SWAB test in our clinics.  All test kits will be sent to the patient’s home address, along with full details of how to provide samples and where to send them.

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.