Test To Release

COVID-19 PCR test for government's test to release scheme

SHORTCUTS Content Procedure
  • Fast turnaround
  • Government-approved provider
  • UKAS accredited laboratory
Pricing £135
Type of sample taken Swab
Turnaround time Next day by 8pm
 
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The government test to release scheme allows for testing after day 5 of arrival in the UK and the end of quarantine with a negative COVID-19 PCR test

When arriving in the UK, you can now take advantage of the COVID test to release scheme by booking a private PCR test after day 5 of arrival.

The terms of this scheme are simple – you can leave quarantine to have a COVID-19 PCR test after day 5 of arrival and can end quarantine once you have a negative test.

However please note the following important information:

  • we only conduct day 5 early release testing
  • you must still book and order the government’s travel test package for tests on day 2 and day 8 or use another private provider.
  • You must have these tests, regardless of whether or not you have the day 5 test privately.
  • We do not conduct day 2 and day 8 tests that require sequencing. These are designed to track new variants entering the country.
  • You must still have the day 8 test, even if you have had the optional day 5 private test to leave quarantine early.
  • You cannot leave quarantine early if you have arrived from a red list country.

Only clinics and laboratories that have UKAS accreditation and have completed the relevant government declarations can conduct testing for the test to release scheme. Our laboratory not only has UKAS accreditation as a laboratory service but also has specific accreditation for COVID testing.

Our clinic has completed all relevant applications and declarations to provide the sample-taking for this scheme. Our clinic is additionally registered with the Care Quality Commission, which ensures exceptional standards.

When testing for the test to release scheme, you must provide the clinic with the following information requested by the UK government which will be kept on file:

  •  date of arrival in the United Kingdom
  • coach number, flight number or vessel name (as appropriate)
  • the date on which last departed from or transited through a non-exempt country or territory, or a non-exempt region of a country or territory, i.e. a destination not on the travel corridors list
  • the country or territory travelling from when arrived in the United Kingdom, and any country or territory transited through as part of that journey

 

Why use us for the test to release COVID-19 PCR testing?

  • UKAS accredited laboratory
  • Accredited and government-approved clinic
  • 22-year’s experience
  • Fast turnaround including the option of a premium service*
  • COVID-safe environment and protocols
  • Weekly testing for our clinicians and team
  • Strict triage policy
  • We do not see any symptomatic patients at the clinic

*Our premium service offers a result by 8 am the next day. You must test before 10 am the day before. The cost of this service is £245.

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Procedure

Step 1

Requirements & preparation

If you are having a COVID-19 PCR swab, you are advised not to use nasal hayfever sprays, and any other solution into the nose for 24 hours before the test as this may invalidate the result. Please also avoid eating salty meals or drinking alcohol for 2 hours prior to the test.
 
Step 2

Testing procedure

After sanitising the consulting room, your clinician will call you in for your test. A swab is taken of your throat and nose. The procedure can be a little uncomfortable and itchy but should not be painful. You will be with the clinician for 5 - 10 minutes. Your sample is then sent to our London-based laboratory and your result will be emailed to you within the agreed turnaround time.

FAQs

When should I get tested for COVID?

You can test after day 5 of arrival in the UK.

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