Use a virus PCR swab test to confirm if you currently have a COVID-19 infection
This test will check for current COVID-19 infection and tell you if you are currently infected. It is appropriate for individuals within 14 days of the onset of symptoms, or within 14 days of exposure to the COVID-19 disease.
This test will not tell you if you have recovered from COVID-19 and now have antibodies. The swab test is for live infection.
Your body will take up to 21 days to make IgG antibodies in response to a COVID-19 infection; to test for the presence of antibodies, please see our Antibody testing guide here.
Virus PCR tests are done by taking a swab from the nose and throat and sending it to the lab for analysis. We provide a home test kit, and you return your sample to the laboratory in the post.
From the time your sample reaches the lab, it takes 48 hours to process your test.
The time it takes for you to get your result depends on how long it takes for your sample to reach the lab. This is variable at the moment. Some postal deliveries are delayed due to COVID-19. Your test kit includes a postage paid envelope, but you may wish to send the sample recorded or via special delivery.
Please order a test via our website by clicking this link. The test costs £175.