Covid – 19 PCR Swab Test
PCR test is the current “Gold Standard” test designed to diagnose individuals with an active infection i.e. those currently infected with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The result of the test will be sent via email within 24 – 48 hours from the date the sample reaches our partner laboratory.
Infection with SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus, is diagnosed using reverse-transcriptase PCR. The assays used at TDL show a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%, with no cross-reactivity with other viruses.
The PCR sample test can be taken at home or in your workplace without the need for a medical professional and returned to the laboratory using Post-Paid Royal Mail 24 TRACKED bags or arrange directly with a door-to-door courier service.
The PCR sample test is designed to tell you whether you are infected with the virus and a negative result will enable you to obtain a COVID fit to fly certificate for travel. Tests are turned around typically within 24-48 hours of receiving the sample at the laboratory.
Please consult the appropriate government website on the suitability of this throat and nose swab test for your destination. Some destinations may require a swab or a test that is administered by a professional. Due to the constantly changing global environment, TP Healthcare Services is unable to provide specific guidance on this. All purchases are at your own risk.
How to Order your Home Sample Collection Test Kit
Order your home sample test kit online from TP Healthcare Services. Orders received before 3 pm will be dispatched the same day via Roya Mail 24 tracked and your kit will arrive within 1- 2 days or expedited option at checkout.
Follow the instructions provided on how to take a swab sample from the back of the throat, tonsils and nose.
You are required to write the date and time you completed your swab test. The information is needed to complete your laboratory report
Post your sample in a Royal Mail Priority Post box (Post-Paid) or arrange with a courier service.
Please find your Royal Mail post box at this link https://www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes
Drop box service for Newcastle residents. Hand deliver your sample for testing by going to our drop-box location in Newcastle.
Your sample test will arrive at the laboratory within 1-2 days of dispatch.
Get your results, within 24-48 hours from receipt at lab. An official lab report will be made available to you, to serve as proof of your result and fit to fly travel certificate. We issue fly certificate at no additional cost.