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Frequently asked questions

How do I carry out the coronavirus PCR test?

Within your kit you will find a nasal/throat swab which you use to perform the COVID-19 test. Full instructions of how to carry out the procedure are included in the kit.

When is the best time to take the COVID-19 PCR test?

It's advised that you get tested within 1-7 days of having symptoms.

How long do symptoms take to appear after being exposed to the virus?

Although everyone is different, medial guidance suggests that the incubation period could be 2-14 days before showing symptoms.

What is a COVID-19 rt PCR test?

COVID-19 rt-PCR test stands for (real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) also known as (rRT-PCR) We are testing for the presence of COVID-19 through qualitative detection of genetic material call RNA in upper and lower respiratory specimens (such as nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swabs). Should there is sufficient quanitiy, this will be analysed by scientists to determine a positive or negative result.

How accurate is the testing process and the test results?

RT PCR testing is the most accurate there is, with scientific analysis confirming with 100% certainty that the person tested has or has not been infected. Following scientific analysis a report will be produced to state if the virus was 'detected' or 'not detected. Unite Covid Test Limited works tirelessly to source the highest quality and partner with laboratories who are UKAS ISO 17025 accredited.

How long will it take to receive my results?

We source the quickest and most reliable lead times to ensure you receive your results next day after arriving at one of our approved laboratories. Results will be emailed or text depending on your preference.

What should I do if my COVID-19 PCR test result is positive?

If you are tested positive for COVID-19, you and everyone in your household must self-isolate. Please follow Government guidance via the link below:- https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

What if my COVID-19 result is negative and I start to feel unwell?

If start to feel unwell and begin to show COVID-19 symptoms, you should follow Government guidance: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/

What if I’ve already had Coronavirus Disease?

The rt PCR test would only detect current or active COVID-19 molecules. Which means that you may of had the Coronavirus in recent months but it is no longer active, In this case the results may report back as negative.

What is the ordering process?

Home delivery kit process Step 1 Order your testing kit online Step 2 Kit arrival at home and your take your own sample then send it back Step 3 We receive your kit via post and process your sample Step 4 Results sent to you via SMS or email. This process will take approximately 3/4 days (allowing for postage time) Example Order Monday night - order received Tuesday morning and sent out - Kit arrivals Wednesday and sent back to Lab - Lab receives kit Thursday - Results sent out Friday. Sample collector process
Step 1 Order you testing kit online and arrange appointment Step 2 Sample taken at appointment and delivered directly to our accredited laboratory Step 3 Results sent to you via SMS or email. This process will take approximately 1/2 days (depending on arranged appointment) Example Order Monday evening and set appointment providing its available - Appointment attended on Tuesday and results taken to Lab - Results sent out Wednesday