Covid-19 PCR tests for travel EdgbastonRAPID PCR COVID 19 TESTS FOR TRAVEL
UNFORTUNATELY THIS VENUE IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. THE CLOSEST VENUES ARE BRIDGNORTH OR KIDDERMINSTER. WE CAN STILL OFFER HOME SELF-TEST LATERAL FLOW ANTIGEN TESTS
raPID PCR COVID-19 TESTS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Edgbaston
The Guildhall practice in Edgbaston, Birmingham is a well-established clinic offering rapid PCR Covid-19 PCR tests for travel in Edgbaston and the fit-to-fly travel certificate.
Our certificates are valid for international travel and immigration.
It looks encouraging that international travel will soon be opening up again. However, most countries are now requiring people arriving from the UK to have a COVID-19 PCR test certificate. We are happy to offer you several options for certified COVID-19 testing.
The Guildhall Practice also has venues in Kings Heath and Birmingham city centre. Where we can offer the same-day results, providing that you book a morning appointment.
Importantly, you should check the regulations for the country you wish to travel to. Unfortunately, the rules change frequently and often without much warning. We will do everything we can to ensure that choose the right test and receive your test results in good time.
Please either call The Practice and speak to one of our reception staff or book online.
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The Guildhall Practice. 51 / 52 Calthorpe Rd,
Birmingham. B15 1TH
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UKAS APPROVED LABORATORY
RT-PCR Tests (We offer RT-PCR tests)
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests are the gold standard in Covid-19 testing. It is a laboratory method that detects the specific viral genetic material called RNA. PCR tests are very accurate, however, they take time to process.
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a guildhall staff member will meet you at the venue in one of our testing vans
they will guide you through the testing process and DELIVER your sample TO THE LAB
RESULTS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU ON THE SAME DAY OR NEXT DAY
ABOUT THE COVID PCR TEST FOR TRAVEL
If you are planning a trip abroad, you will likely require a PCR test for travel as proof that you are fit to fly.
The PCR swab test takes samples from the back of your throat and nose to detect any Covid-19 virus.
The laboratory test then identifies the presence of the RNA genetic material of Covid-19. It is highly sensitive and will identify if you have an active infection even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Importantly, we use a UKAS approved and accredited laboratories. We determine from your booking questionnaire where you are travelling to, and we will use an appropriate laboratory for you. Our certificates are recognised worldwide.
What is UKAS?
What does the laboratory process for covid-19 rt-pcr testing involve?
The RT-PCR test is a highly sensitive technique that can be used to detect the messenger RNA (mRNA), genetic material, that is unique to the covid-19 virus.
It takes about 4 hours for the laboratory to process each sample. It is an incredibly sensitive test which is why it is regarded as being the 'Gold-Standard' in Covid-19 testing.
The sample load from your throat and nose contains only a very tiny amount of viral genetic material. Unfortunately, not enough to reliably test for.
The RT-PCR process amplifies the amount genetic material to a much larger volume; which can then be detected.
the two-stage lab process.
- Reverse transcription, the 'RT' part. This is where the RNA we have retrieved from the throat and nose is synthesised to form complementary DNA, (cDNA).
- Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). This is where the specific cDNA goes through a series of amplifications, eventually creating a quantity of viral load that can be reliably detected.
RT-PCR is a technique that had previously been successfully used to measure the viral load with HIV patients and other RNA viruses such as mumps and measles.
We hand deliver all of our samples to the laboratory in order to ensure that your results are returned to you on time.
are your covid-19 pcr tests approved?
Yes. The PCR tests that we use have been accredited with UKAS, the regulatory body for laboratories in the UK.
They are the gold-standard in Covid testing.
Your certificate will be recognised worldwide.
There are particular regulations for some countries. We always request the details of where you are flying to, and we will inform you whenever we are aware of particular requirements for us to use certain labs.
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 yourself.
Your insurance company might cover the cost of canceling your trip. A Which survey found that 50% of travel insurance covers the costs of a canceled trip in the event that you are diagnosed with Covid-19.
Do you offer PCR Test for Travel Near Me?
We have many PCR test centres across several counties including the West Midlands, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, East Midlands, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire, Monmouthshire, Somerset, Cheshire and Cardiff. If you cannot find a test centre close to your location on our booking page please still get in touch as we can often call in to make a home visit if travelling through.
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fit-to-fly Covid-19 PCR tests for travel Edgbaston
How do I arrange my Covid-19 PCR test for fit-to-fly?
Firstly, you should check the latest guidelines regarding the travel restrictions for your destination country. Be aware that the regulations are constantly changing.
Secondly, you should ensure that the RT-PCR Covid-19 test is appropriate for your trip.
Finally, book your test with us within the allotted timeframe. Currently, the normal guidelines are that the test should be conducted within 72 hours of your travel date. However, this varies.
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.
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 within 24 hours of your appointment.
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 next day option, where you will receive your certificate within 24 hours of your appointment time.
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 certificate will be recognised worldwide.
We advise that you arrange an appointment for as early in the timeframe as you can:
- Firstly, it gives you time to repeat the test in the very occasional event that the result is inconclusive.
- Secondly, it gives you time to organise things in the unfortunate event of a positive test result.
- Finally, it means you can relax and look forward to your holiday once you’ve received your negative result and travel certificate.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): TEST TO RELEASE FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL Edgbaston
Test-To-Release is a UK Government scheme that allows international arrivals to stop self-isolating after just five days in quarantine.
Firstly, you need to complete a Passenger Locator Form to opt-in to the scheme. Arrivals can do this up to two days before landing in the UK. Secondly, you need to book an appointment for a Covid-19 PCR test.
The Guildhall Practice uses Government accredited UKAS laboratories. Therefore, we can arrange for your Test-To-Release From Quarantine Certificate. You are allowed to leave quarantine to a have Covid-19 test. However, government advice is that you should avoid public transport if at all possible.
We offer Same-Day and Next-Day Covid-19 PCR test result options. Book your appointment online for the Edgbaston Venue. Alternatively, please call the practice on 01214412626 and one of the team will be happy to help.
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What are the current rules for international arrivals to the UK?
Firstly, you must have a valid Covid-19 test within the three days before your arrival.
Secondly, you must book a travel test package through the UK Government website.
This package includes tests on day 2 and day 8 of your quarantine. These tests are compulsory, regardless of whether you are opting in for the Test-To-Release scheme.
What is Test To Release?
It’s the UK government test to release from quarantine scheme for international travellers. Allows International arrivals to stop self-isolating after just five days with a negative PCR Covid-19 test result.
The Guildhall Practice uses UKAS accredited laboratories Therefore, we can sign your Test-To-Release From Quarantine.
How Does Test To Release Scheme Work?
International arrivals to the UK are currently required to quarantine for ten days. However, the UK government created the test to release scheme in December 2020. The scheme allows people who have travelled abroad to reduce their time in quarantine to five days. Firstly, you need to opt-in to the scheme by completing a passenger locator form to take this option. Secondly, you need to book your Covid-19 PCR test with an approved private test provider. The Guildhall Practice uses UKAS accredited laboratories and is authorised to provide the test to release certificates. We offer same-day and next-day Covid-19 PCR results options. Finally, with a negative PCR test result, you will receive your test to release certificate. Importantly you will be able to stop self-isolating.
When can I complete the passenger locator form?
When can I take the Test To Release Covid-19 PCR test?
The wording is often a little ambiguous. However, on the morning of your fifth full day since arriving in the UK, you can be tested. You don’t count the day you arrived in the UK.
For example, if you arrive in the UK on Monday afternoon, Tuesday is counted as your first day. Therefore, Saturday morning is the earliest that you can have your test.
With our same-day option, you would be free to stop self-isolating on Saturday evening. Otherwise, if you choose the next-day option, it will be on Sunday.
What should I do if I’m travelling with other people?
Every adult arriving in the UK must complete an individual Test-To-Release form.
However, you can add a child if they are under 18 years old, providing that they arrive with you and quarantine with you.
What information do I need to provide to opt into the scheme?
Your passport details
The details of the counties that you have travelled from, including dates and times
The booking reference number for your CoVid-19 PCR test at the guildhall practice
Finally, if required, the booking reference number for the hotel is where you are spending your quarantine.
Can I leave my house for my Covid-19 PCR test?
Yes, you can travel directly to one of our testing sites.
However, you should avoid public transport if at all possible.
What are the red list countries?
However, you can still return to the UK from one of these countries with certain conditions.
Firstly, you can return to the UK if you are a UK or Irish National.
Secondly, you can also arrive in the UK if you have residency rights in the UK.
Finally, you must quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to take advantage of the Test To Release scheme.
The list changes frequently. However, you will find the details of the current rules on the UK Government website.
What happens if I test positive for Covid-19?
What if the test is inconclusive?
Unfortunately, if your covid-19 test is inconclusive, then you will need to continue self-isolating.
A member of our team will call you in the event of an inconclusive test result to discuss your options regarding re-testing.
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If you cannot find an appointment available on your preferred date and time in Edgbaston, please see below for more local areas or visit our main Birmingham Covid Test Centre.