Dr Jack A T Edmonds MB BS FRCGP

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COVID - Antigen Swab Test

Background - all COVID clinical syndromes are caused by a coronavirus identified as SARS-CoV-2.

Technical stuff - tests currently used for direct detection of SARS–CoV-2 identify viral RNA through nucleic acid amplification, usually using  a polymerase chain reaction ( PCR ).

Practical stuff - obviously tests that detect viral RNA depend on viral RNA being present in the sample collected. The most common sample types being tested are swabs taken from the nasopharynx and oropharynx (nose and throat). One swab is used to collect both samples. Following collection, swabs are placed into a liquid to release virus/viral RNA from the swabs into solution and sent to the laboratory. Then, viral RNA is extracted from that solution and the result reports whether SARS-CoV-2 RNA is detected or not. This result is sent to me and I relay a copy with an explanatory statement of health to the patient . If the test result is negative this message from me can be used as official proof that you do not have an acute COVID infection.

Turn around time - results from the labs we use are available the next day.

Cost of test is £199 which includes statement / certificate of health.  For more information contact Laura below.



Date posted: 01 September 2020

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