RAPID PCR COVID-19 TESTS FOR TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE RELEASESAME DAY RESULTS AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK.
PCR TESTS FOR TRAVEL
The Guildhall practice is the go-to clinic for Covid-19 testing. We are experienced and passionate about providing the very best levels of service.
We have conducted tens of thousands of tests since we began Covid-19 testing in March 2021. As a result, our services have evolved over the past nine months. However, rest assured that our commitment to deliver your test results on time continues to form the bedrock of our business.
Currently, we have 18 Venues where we collect PCR samples seven days a week, offering results by midnight for the Same-Day bookings or by 20.00 for the Next-Day results.
Importantly, each country has its particular travel regulations and restrictions; additionally, these are constantly changing. Therefore, please ensure that you check the current rules before you book your test with us.
All of our Day 2 , 5 and Day 8 PCR tests are offered in partnership with LabMedExpert.
The best resource is the UK Government website, https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
BOOK APPOINTMENT AT YOUR NEAREST TEST VENUE
YOUR SAMPLE WILL BE TAKEN AT THE TEST VENUE
YOUR SAMPLE WITH BE DELIVERED BY US TO THE LAB
RESULTS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON THE SAME DAY OR NEXT DAY
Same day results available seven days a week
ABOUT THE PCR COVID-19 TEST FOR TRAVEL
Are you planning to travel abroad?
Currently, most countries require you to have a Covid-19 PCR test and a Fit-To-Fly certificate. For the Test To Release scheme you must have the PCR Covid-19 test. Therefore, you should book this test if you are planning release early from quarantine when returning to the U.K.
The Guildhall Practice uses UKAS approved and accredited laboratories. Hence, you can rest assured that our certificates are recognised worldwide.
The PCR Covid-19 test is the gold standard in Covid-19 testing. The PCR swab test takes samples from the back of your throat and nose to detect any Covid-19 virus.
Importantly, the test identifies the presence of the RNA genetic material of Covid-19. It is, therefore, highly sensitive; and will identify if you have an active infection even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
What is UKAS?
Firstly, UKAS stands for The United Kingdom Accreditation Service and they act on behalf of the U.K Government.
First and Foremost, they are an organisation responsible for maintaining high clinical standards in laboratories.
Importantly, UKAS have also accredited the laboratory we use
It means that your Covid-19 PCR test and certificate will be recognised world-wide.
What does the laboratory process for covid-19 rt-pcr testing involve?
The PCR test is the 'Gold-Standard' in Covid-19 testing.
The RT-PCR test is a highly sensitive laboratory technique. It can be used to detect the messenger RNA (mRNA), genetic material, that is unique to the covid-19 virus.
It takes at least 4 hours for the laboratory to process each sample.
However, the process can take much longer. As the test may have to be repeated a number of times in order to obtain a result.
The sample load from your throat and nose contains only a very tiny amount of viral genetic material. Therefore, there is not enough to reliably test without further processing.
The RT-PCR process amplifies the amount genetic material to a much larger volume.
Therefore, testing can then detect any Covid-19 genetic material.
It is a two-stage process that requires a laboratory:
- Reverse transcription, the 'RT' part. Firstly, synthesis of the retrieved RNA from the throat and nose forms complementary DNA, (cDNA).
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Secondly, the specific cDNA goes through a series of amplifications. Eventually creating a quantity of viral load that can be reliably detected.
It is the viral load that RT-PCR measures. Therefore, it has previously been successfully with other conditions. For example, in HIV patients and other RNA viruses such as mumps and measles.
are your covid-19 pcr tests approved?
Yes. UKAS is the regulatory body for laboratories in the UK.
The laboratory that we use is also UKAS accredited.
The PCR Covid-19 test is the gold-standard in Covid testing.
Regardless of where you are flying to, you can rest assured that our fit-to-fly certificates are recognised world-wide.
what happens if i test positive for covid-19
We will inform you in the unfortunate event that you test positive for COVID-19. The laboratory will also inform Public Health England's track and trace.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to travel, and you will have to self isolate.
Your insurance company might cover the cost of cancelling your trip.
A Which survey found that 50% of travel insurance covers the costs of a cancelled trip when a customer tests positive for Covid-19.
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COVID 19 TEST TO RELEASE
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Holiday travel can be challenging at the best of times, why add the stress of waiting for your test results? Have peace of mind with our Express Same-Day or Next-Day Service. Hence, you can then relax and look forward to your holiday knowing that everything has been sorted
how do i arrange a covid pcr test and travel certificate at the guildhall practice?
Step 1. Search our online portal for an appointment or call the practice to speak with one of our reception staff. Remember, that we offer same-day and, next-day, and 48 hour PCR covid-19 testing options.
Step 2. Choose a convenient time at one of our Collection Venues. Additionally, you will receive a confirmation email and our online questionnaire.
Step 3. Complete the questionnaire and enter your passport details.
Step 4. Follow the instructions and take a swab sample from the back of your throat and your nose.
Step 5. Attend your appointment at one of our collection venues and we will transport the sample to the UKAS registered laboratory. Afterwards, the sample will undergo the PCR test for the Covid-19 antigen.
Step 6. You will receive the test results via email. Firstly, we can also provide you with a ‘fit-to-fly’ certificate. Alternately, we are able to issue a test-to-release from quarantine certificate.
In the unfortunate event that you test positive, the lab will notify Public Health England. Unfortunately, you will need to self-isolate.
If you have any questions about the fit to fly test at our Shrewsbury test centre please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
how reliable is your service?
We take our responsibility very seriously.
We know how stressful travelling can be at the best of times.
Therefore, we will do all that we can to make the process of testing as easy as possible.
There are some elements of the process which we have no control over. For example the testing process at the laboratory.
However, you can rest assured that we will do everything we can to ensure that we deliver your fit to fly certificate on time.
When should i book my covid-19 pcr test?
Most countries require you to take a PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of your flight. However, you should check the current regulations for your destination.
We can arrange test results with a fit to fly certificate for either the same day by midnight or the next day by 20.00.
Holiday travel can be challenging at the best of times, why add the stress and uncertainty of waiting for your test for travel results? Our professional team will ensure that your sample is delivered directly to the laboratory.
SAME-DAY PCR COVID-19 TEST FOR TRAVEL
Our Express Same-Day Service gives you the peace of mind that everything is sorted. You can then relax and look forward to your holiday!
We are eager to do everything that we can to support you. Therefore, if you are struggling to find an appropriate appointment time please let us know. We are often able to juggle things around to accommodate your needs.
when will i recieve my fit-to-fly certificate?
Firstly, it depends upon which option you choose.
With the Standard option, your fit-to-fly certificate will arrive within 24 hours of your appointment. However, we also offer same-day results with the Express option where you'll receive your result by midnight on the day of the test. We also offer a 48-hour option if you do not need the fit to fly test certificate as fast and would prefer to save some money.
Our trained clinicians will check your identification then guide you through the test. The sample will then be taken to the laboratory for testing.
You will receive your full and comprehensive Covid-19 RT-PCR certificate with QR code via email as a PDF attachment.
UKAS, the UK Government regulatory body, regulates the activities of the laboratories that we use. Therefore, your fit-to-fly and test-to-release certificates will be recognised worldwide.