Antigen PCR tests are taken to see if you currently have COVID-19. They are the industry standard for diagnosing or excluding COVID-19 infections, and currently are the only test widely used for travel certification. At this time, all other diagnostic tests on the market in the UK that give a positive result must be followed by PCR test to confirm a positive result. We partner with leading laboratories across the UK undertaking RT-PCR tests, with a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100% for their tests.
How is the sample taken?
Avante Health offers GP-led testing. A swab is taken from your throat and nose by our team or by yourself under our direct guidance. All our healthcare workers wear full PPE when testing you.
Why On-Site Testing?
We do this rather than postal testing since swabs are considered more accurate when taken directly by, or under supervised guidance with, a trained healthcare worker. Furthermore, thanks to a simultaneous ID check, we can conclusively validate on all our certification that the sample was taken from you.
You can choose to self-test under our guidance for added safety. When you arrive at our site we ID check you and supervise the test from outside your car.
Our guidance on self-testing can be found here.
What Happens to your Sample, and When will you get your Result?
Once taken, the sample is quickly sent off to one of our partner laboratories by courier service to get the quickest turnaround times for you we can. Currently our pricing and turnaround times vary depending on your requirements.
£149 PCR Test for Travel: 24-36H turnaround
£199 PCR Test for Travel: 12-18H turnaround (late night results and certification)
£349 PCR Test for Urgent Travel: 3-6H turnaround (daytime results and certification)
£199 PCR Test2Release: 24-36H turnaround.
What if I Need a Test Today?
We don't take online bookings within 4 hours of the test time, however we can often fit you in. We suggest:
If our phone lines are open: call us on 03330069610.
If our phone lines are closed: Email us marked ‘Urgent’ with information about your requirements. We often check out of normal hours and can respond or call you back.
We will do the best we can to fit you in last minute, or alternatively for an added cost we can make a bespoke plan for you
Unforeseen Laboratory Delays
Thankfully we have great laboratory partnerships, and it is incredibly rare for us not to meet our deadlines. However we are sure you are aware of the evolving and unpredictable nature of the COVID crisis, and demand levels for tests can suddenly surge. Our timings match the pre-agreed turnaround deadlines we have reached with each laboratory we use. We cannot take responsibility for unforeseen delays that may arise in the lab, however, we will seek to claim money back for the test should the result take longer than our laboratory agreements to process.
When required for flying, we recommend the sample is taken as early as possible in the time window provided to you to avoid disappointment. Feel free to contact us by phone to discuss your requirements.
How do we send your results?
Avante Health will contact you once we receive the result, and if it is negative, we will provide you with a medical certificate to travel (PDF Copy). For an additional fee, you can collect a hard copy.
Arranging your test
You can book directly into our clinic using the online form below. If the time and location doesn't suit, call us or fill out an enquiry form. For an additional fee we can visit you (if you are in our catchment area) or meet at our clinic at other times.