Coronavirus PCR Swab Test - Current Infection - Next Day Results*
Find out if you currently have COVID-19 with fast results through our PCR Swab Test.
A PCR Swab Test detects the presence of the RNA of the virus itself. This means that it will pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat, and is 100% sensitive at detecting any trace of the virus.
You can complete your Coronavirus PCR Swab Test in three ways:
- At-home—Have the testing kit delivered to you where you can take the sample and return it to our lab via a supplied Royal Mail 1st Class envelope.
- In-store—Get tested by one of our medical professionals at your nearest available clinic at a date and time that suits you for a small additional fee (£30).
- Via courier—If you are within the M25, then have one of our mobile medics visit your home to take the sample for an additional fee. You can then either return the sample to our lab via a supplied Royal Mail 1st Class envelope, or the mobile medic can return it on the spot for quicker delivery at an added cost.
Once your sample has been processed, you will then receive your results via email with certification from a doctor. You can also use this as your fit-to-fly / travel certificate. Please see ensure that you are aware of the travel requirements of your airline or country of destination and we recommend you read the latest UK government's travel advice.
To get tested, purchase your PCR Swab Test today and select the type of testing and delivery you need at checkout.
*What does ‘Next Day Results’ mean?
You should receive your test result via email by the evening of the day after our lab has received your sample.
For the full terms and conditions of our next day results test, please see our Terms & Conditions page for more information.
I’m due to fly and require a test, which delivery option should I use?
If you need a ‘fit-to-fly’ certificate urgently for a flight, then it is recommended you use our in-store or courier service. These methods ensure that your sample can be delivered to us on the same day.
The delivery times of traditional postage cannot be guaranteed and can therefore delay the time you receive your result.
Please note that this test is not suitable for entry to Hong Kong, Jersey or Barbados.
Where are the in-store testing locations?
Many of our London Medical Laboratory clinics are open 7-days a week and are situated across London and Guildford. A full list of our locations can be found here.
Do I need to do any preparation before I take my test?
Please make sure you don’t eat, drink, chew gum, smoke or brush your teeth at least 30 minutes before you take the mouth swab. Doing this can contaminate your sample which may result in it needing a retest and therefore, delay your result.
Also, if you are requesting a test for a fit to fly certificate and would like your passport number on the result form, please bring in your documentation to your appointment, or write your passport number on the test request form.
Will this test show if I’ve had coronavirus before or if I am currently infectious?
No, if you are looking to find out if you have already contracted coronavirus in the past and have developed antibodies, then please order our Coronavirus IgG Antibody Home Test Kit.
However, if you would like to know if you are currently infectious with coronavirus to others, then please order our Coronavirus Rapid 15 Minute Antigen Test.
Does buying this test impact the general supply of test kits?
No, we guarantee that any purchase of testing through us does not impact in any way on the ability of NHS workers or anyone else to get tested for coronavirus.
Is there an NHS discount?
Yes, for any NHS staff we are offering the test at a significant discount. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Home testing kit contents
Your testing kit will include:
- An introduction letter and instructions leaflet
- A test request form
- A swab and a sample collection tube
- A biohazard plastic bag
- A prepaid return envelope