COVID PCR TESTING
Covid PCR Test & Lab Travel Certificate
About the Covid PCR Test
Get A Drip have partnered with an ISO:15189:2012 accredited UK laboratory to make available a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Antigen) test.
This test is the Antigen test which shows whether you have the active virus (SARS- CoV-2) or not. If your test comes back positive it means you currently have the virus. If it comes back negative, you do not currently have the virus.
The test relies on PCR detection of the Coronavirus genome from simple oral or nasal swabs which detects the SARS-CoV-2 ORF1ab and N genes.
Following receipt of your sample by our laboratory, it is then processed using an automated extraction platform to isolate any RNA from the SARS-Cov-2 virus and a reverse-transcription, real-time PCR assay is then used to detect the presence of the viral RNA genome.
Once testing is complete you will receive your result via email. Results will be made available within 24 hours of our lab receiving your sample for testing. Note: lab receives sample within 48 hrs of return from you (exc. w/end).
We will also produce a lab travel certificate with every test. Please check the country you are travelling to for specific requirements.
Easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Easy swab test
2. Reliable results in 48 hours
3. Results emailed directly to you
Purchasing Your Test Online
If you order a kit before 12pm, Monday to Friday this will be shipped the same day and should arrive with you within 24 hours. Orders placed after 1pm, Monday to Thursday will be shipped the following day, arriving with you within 48 hours of your order. Orders placed after 1pm on Friday, will be dispatched on Monday.
Taking Your Home Sample
Your kit will include a simple sample collection device with comprehensive instructions on how to complete your test in just a few minutes. Once you have correctly taken your sample, simply follow the instructions and return the sample to our lab using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit.
Returning Your Test Via Royal Mail Priority Post-boxes
Royal Mail are providing a special set of arrangements for the transportation of test samples. You can read more about it here and find your closest Royal Mail Priority Postbox. Samples returned via Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes should reach the lab in the following 24 hours. Once a sample is delivered to the lab, the lab usually take up to 24 hours to process the test, though it can sometimes take longer.
Please note that the postal service is not suitable for those with a Saturday or Sunday ‘test’ date as your test will not be processed until the Monday.
Getting Your Results
In general, once your test arrives at our lab facility you should have a result emailed to you within 24 hours. In particular please take weekends into account as there is a drastically reduced service available at weekends.
What Should I do If My Covid-19 PCR Swab Test Is Positive?
If your covid-19 PCR test is positive, please follow the national guidelines. You and your household will need to isolate.
For more information go to the NHS covid-19 website. Do not visit a health centre such as a hospital, Clinic, GP surgery or Pharmacy unless instructed.
What Should I do If My Covid-19 PCR Swab Test Is Negative?
A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with covid-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal (unless you have been told to self isolate until a certain date).