Private Coronavirus Swab Test Uk


Private Coronavirus Swab Test UK

What is the Covid-19 Coronavirus Swab Test?

The coronavirus swab test is the antigen test which shows whether you have the active virus (SARS-CoV-2) or not. If your test comes back positive it means you currently have the virus. If it comes back negative, you do not currently have the virus.

How does the COVID-19 swab test work?

The swab test works by collecting cells from the back of the throat and nose, which are the sites where the virus replicates, via a swab. The laboratory then puts the swabs in a solution to release the cells. The genetic code of the cells is then matched with the genetic code of COVID-19. The technique used to the test the swabs is called a polymerase chain reaction, which is why they’re called PCR swab tests.

When should you have a coronavirus swab test?

You should have a COVID-19 swab test if you currently have symptoms of coronavirus. The most common symptoms remain a continuous cough, fever, and shortness of breath. You can read more about the symptoms here.

Some new symptoms have also emerged including rashes, diarrhoea/nausea and “COVID Toes”. Due to the fact that the novelty of the virus, research is still ongoing into symptoms across different populations.  

How reliable is the coronavirus swab test?

The swab test we have chosen with our partner lab show a minimum sensitivity of 98% and specificity of 100%, with no reactivity with other viruses. As testing is constantly changing as we learn more about the virus, we are working with our lab to ensure our test offers the highest accuracy and safety for our patients.

Results from the swab test are usually available within 3-5 working days from receipt of the sample at the lab. If you or someone in your household has symptoms but don’t have the test results back yet, you should continue to self-isolate for the 14-day period. 

What should I do if I think I have had coronavirus now but no longer have symptoms?

If you think you have had coronavirus, you should choose the antibody test. The coronavirus antibody test will show you if you have previously had COVID-19 as you will have IgG antibodies. The antibody test is best taken 14 days or more after the first onset of symptoms. If you test positive on the antibody test is does not mean you are immune, and you should continue to follow government guidelines on social distancing.

If someone in your household has tested positive and currently has symptoms but you do not, you should have the PCR swab test. This is because you can be infectious before the onset of symptoms and therefore you may have COVID-19.


Order a Private COVID-19 Swab Test

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

We currently only offer in-clinic PCR swab tests in our Chelsea clinic for anyone not currently showing symptoms. if you are currently showing symptoms please do not come into the clinic and order a home test instead.


Medically reviewed by: Dr Daniel Fenton, GP and Medical Director at London Doctors Clinic
Reviewed: May 2020 | Next review date: May 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

How do the home swab tests work?

Testing kits are sent to you by post and are simple to use. You simply take a swab from your nose and back of the throat following the instructions provided. You send your swabs back to our laboratory for analysis and results should be with you 3 working days from receipt of the sample at the lab.

Please note we cannot be held responsible for turnaround times and no refunds will be available where tests are delayed due to lab processing.

When will I get my results?

Results for the coronavirus swab test usually within 3 working days from receipt of the sample at the lab, however in times of high demand results may take longer. Your results will be shared with you through our patient portal, please provide a personal rather than work email address to avoid delays in receiving your results. Please do check your junk/spam folders if you think you should have received your results.

Positive results will automatically be notified to Public Health England

We cannot be held responsible for turnaround times and no refunds will be available where tests are delayed due to lab processing.


When will I get my home test kit?

Your home test kit is sent via Royal Mail Tracked 24 and you will receive it within 1-2 working days. 

You can choose to upgrade your delivery to Courier & Collect for an additional £45. This means your test will be couriered to you the next working day, the courier will wait outside for up to 20 minutes while you take your sample and then the courier will return the test to the laboratory for analysis. 


I'm a keyworker, can I get a discount?

Yes. Keyworker discounts are available for swab tests if you do not wish to wait to have it done by the government. Click here for more information

Is my COVID-19 swab test refundable?

Tests that have been opened or used cannot be refunded due to personal safety and hygiene reasons. 

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