This is the test you need if you’re travelling abroad and need a Fit to Fly certificate to show that you do not have Covid-19. The results are normally sent to you late afternoon/evening the day after your test. There is a small possibility that your sample may a require a re-test at the laboratory and this could mean that your results are then sent the morning after that. (for results by midday the next day please choose the fast track test). If you require a test on a Saturday, only the Fast Track Service is available and this is between 8am and 11am. Please click here to choose the fast track test.
Please ensure you select the appropriate appointment to allow enough time to receive your results and for them to be valid within the required window of your departure time (or destination arrival time if applicable).
Results are normally sent by the end of the next day. On rare occasions, if the sample has to be re-tested more than once at the laboratory, then the result could be sent the morning after that. If we say the date of the test is Day 0, then we will send the results by the end of Day 1 or worst case, the morning of Day 2.
For more information, please scroll down the page and if you need help selecting an appointment, please click on the Arrange Call Back button.
Standard PCR tests are available Monday to Friday between 11.40am and 3pm. Standard PCR tests on a Sunday are between 9am and 2pm.
Please do not eat/drink anything or chew gum at least 30 minutes before having your swab taken.
On rare occasions swab tests give inconclusive results, after which the lab automatically retests your swab. A retest normally produces a successful result, but could delay your result by a few hours.
On very rare occasions, a person’s swab sample will be tested several times at the lab and still have an inconclusive result, meaning a second swab test will be needed. However, the invalid rate is just 0.2%.
The tests we use
The tests we use are manufactured by VIASURE and approved by the Department of Health, CE IVD marked and certified to ISO 13485.
What if you test positive
Immediately isolate yourself to prevent spreading the virus. Contact the NHS on 111 to get advice on what to do next.
What your result document shows