COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Antibody Test Info

(Past Exposure)

Antibody tests are available in clinic only and will be offered to all patients booked in for treatments. To find out more, please email bookings@vivaskinclinics.com.

 

COVID-19 PCR Swab Info

(Current Infection)

These tests require a swab sample to be collected and sent back to our UK laboratory using a pre-paid envelope. Here your swab will be tested for a COVID-19 postitive or negative result. Please note that these particular PCR tests are for active symptoms only, i.e. if an individual is infected with the virus at the time of test. This test will not identify if you have already had the virus and recovered.

 

COVID-19 Test Journey

  • You buy the PCR swab test from our shop
  • The test kit is sent directly to your door
  • You follow the instructions within the box and collect your swab sample
  • Please follow this instructional how-to video for help collecting your sample
  • Using the pre-paid envelope, you send the sample directly to the lab
  • Within 2-3 days, you receive the results
  • If you test positive, Public Health England are automatically notified

 

PCR Swab Test Info

How much does the test kit cost?

The price of the test kit is £149. You can purchase the test kit by visiting our shop.
Standard delivery is £4.99, Next Day Delivery is £9.99.
 

How many tests can I order?

There are no limits to the amount of test kits which can be purchased.

What does this test do?

Using the sample provided by your swab, the laboratory will test for the presence of the virus. This will show whether the virus is actively present in the throat.
The test is 99.9% accurate and will confirm whether a person is infected. This test will also confirm whether individuals exposed to the virus but without symptoms have been infected, up to 14 days prior to symptoms showing.

What is included in the test kit?

  • A sterile PCR swab
  • Easy to follow instructions for collecting the sample
  • A pathology form
  • A postage-paid envelope to return your sample to us

 

What is the step-by-step process for submitting a home test?

  • You buy the PCR swab test from our shop
  • The test kit is sent directly to your door
  • You follow the instructions within the box and collect your throat swab sample
  • Using the pre-paid envelope, you send the sample directly to the lab
  • Within 2-3 days, you receive the results
  • If you test positive, Public Health England are automatically notified

What if I test positive?

Public Health England will automatically be notified to aid with accurate case number reporting and prevention.

You should follow the government’s advice on COVID-19 infection and self-isolate for 14 days, avoiding contact with others and remaining hydrated. Most cases of COVID-19 are mild and recovery only takes a few days so there’s no need to panic. Speak to your healthcare practitioner for further advice or arrange a video GP consultation with a VIVA doctor to discuss your symptoms and concerns.

What if I test positive but don’t display any symptoms?

In this case, there are two options. Either you are infected and may begin to display symptoms in the next few days, or you are infected but are asymptomatic (you won’t display symptoms). In both cases, you should treat it as though you are positive for the virus and should self-isolate for 14 days. Speak to your healthcare practitioner for further advice or arrange a video GP consultation with a VIVA doctor to discuss your symptoms and concerns.

So can the test detect asymptomatic patients?

The test will be able to identify if the virus is present in the throat even if symptoms aren’t being displayed.
The test will not be able to identify if you have had the virus already and since recovered.

Can babies and young children be tested?

Yes, there are no issues with testing babies and young children.

Can pregnant or breast feeding women be tested?

Yes, there is no harm to the mother or baby when performing a test.

Is there anyone that shouldn’t be tested?

No, the more people that are tested, the better it will be to understand the spread of the virus, which will result in better measures being taken to prevent its spread.