Posted 11 April 2020
in Men's Health, Womens health
The rate of
Covid-19 (coronavirus) infection in the UK continues to increase rapidly every
day and so we have introduced a simple swab test that you can perform, in the
comfort of your own home, to find out if you have an active current infection.
you suspect that you have been exposed to the coronavirus due to you having recently travelled to a
high-risk country, you think you may
have come into contact with someone who has Covid-19 or you
have symptoms then you can test 5 or more days post exposure.
COVID-19 swab test kit
It's a simple swab test to find out if you have an active infection.
- Swab of the mouth and nose
- Post to lab in a pre-paid envelope
- Results in 48 hrs of the lab receiving the sample
- UK Accredited lab
Symptoms may not
appear for up to two weeks after you have become infected with the virus. This
means that it is possible to spread the virus without having any symptoms.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
- A high temperature – this means you
feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your
- A new,
continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3
or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be
worse than usual)
What is the
The test involves taking a single combined swab of your
mouth and then your nose. The swab is then posted in any post box in a 1st
Class pre-paid envelope. Once the test sample reaches the lab we receive the
test results within 48 hours.
This swab test is not to be confused with the Chinese Home Rapid Tests that were found to be unreliable and we do not recommend.
Click here to purchase your Covid-19 home test kit.
The test is performed by The Doctors Laboratory, who
provide quality UK accredited pathology services worldwide. The Doctors
Laboratory (TDL) is a medically-led laboratory, established in 1987. It is the
largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the
Important advice for everyone regarding Covid-19 from the
Written by: Superintendent pharmacist Margaret Hudson BSc(Hons)MRPharmS 10/04/20