How the service works
- Order up to 5 Coronavirus (Covid-19) home collection test kits online. The tests will be sent to you directly by express delivery.
- Using the throat and nasal swabs provided you will need to collect a sample as directed. Once collected you simply pack and seal the kit in the prepaid envelope provided and post directly to the lab.
- Your samples will be analysed in a Public Health England approved lab and you will be notified that the results are ready via email and SMS. Results can then be viewed online.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or know you have been in contact with someone who has been infected you can take a test to determine if you have been infected.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The main symptoms are:
high fever – you feel hot to touch on your back or chest
a new non-productive cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you have a cough already it may be worse than usual)
Are these tests legal?
Yes, these tests are completely legal. These are different to the rapid testing blood Coronavirus test kits. Those kits measure antibodies in the blood and are currently not advised for home use. Only healthcare professional use as although the information hey provide is generally robust, there is no clear advice on what to do after the test.
Unlike the antibody tests, these tests will not tell if you have previously been infected or whether you are currently immune. They will only tell you if you have a current active infection.
Are these tests accurate?
Although it is not possible to guarantee that any test kit is 100% accurate, these kits have a 98% accuracy specifically for the COVID-19 virus.
Are you offering any discounts to NHS keyworkers?
Yes. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your NHS I.D. and your keyworker role for your discount.