Where can I get a coronavirus test?
Pall Mall Medical is now offering a private coronavirus testing service to help both individuals and businesses to forward plan and minimise COVID-19 risks.
We have two Coronavirus tests available - the Antibody test that can detect if you've had Coronavirus in the past and recovered and the PCR (swab) test that can identify if you've currently got the virus - both tests have been approved by Public Health England.
In clinic Covid-19 antibody testing
Our antibody test is undertaken in our clinics by healthcare professionals. You may have read about "at home" antibody tests, however the Government approved manufacturer - Abbot Labs - insists their kits are for clinic use.
In-clinic testing represents the maximum chance of a successful result. Unlike home tests, your blood sample will be drawn quickly, professionally and in the necessary volume to ensure the test integrity.
Plus, visiting a clinic will mean you get your results much faster as you'll not wait days receiving and returning your kit in the post, which can also compromise test results (meaning you may even have wasted your money altogether).
So whether you're looking for peace of mind for yourself or a family member, or you're a business that wants to give your staff the confidence to return to work, we're here to help.
Antibody Testing (£99)
The antibody test can detect if a person has had coronavirus in the past and has since recovered. It works by testing the blood for COVID-19 IgG antibodies to see if that person has already beaten the virus or had some previous exposure and therefore gained some immunity to it. Thus knowing there is a reasonable degree of safety for that person to return to work.
This is the most accurate antibody test currently available in the UK and it has recently been approved in May 2020 for use by Public Health England. Our Antibody tests are done at our clinics (Manchester or Liverpool city centre) for £99. You can book an appointment by calling us on 03300 58 44 55. You will be required to provide patient details for each test ordered.
If you're a business looking to book a large number of appointments, please call our bookings team who will be able to discuss our Corporate Testing Scheme with you in more detail.
Type: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Abbott IgG Antibody
Method: Blood test (in clinic)
Results: Within 24-hours when the lab receives the sample
Accuracy: 100% Specificity & 97.5% Sensitivity
When: 14 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms
PCR (Swab) Testing
This test will identify people with the coronavirus now. The throat swab tests for the active virus - an essential step to identifying staff who may not be showing symptoms, but need to be quarantined from the workplace. It is also useful to distinguish between the virus and similar e.g. cold/flu symptoms for those choosing self-isolation. It can be used to rule out a current infection for people who are returning to work from sick-leave with the virus and for screening employees who have worked closely with others who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Our PCR tests can only be done at home and are available for £149. You can order single or multiple home test kits online or by calling us on 03300 58 44 55. You will be required to provide patient details for each test ordered.
Type: COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing by PCR assay
Method: Nasal/Throat Swab
Kit: Postal pack to complete at home
Results: Typically in 4-6 days from order placement
Accuracy: 100% Specificity & 98% Sensitivity
When: following onset of symptoms
Coronavirus testing in-clinic
We will be offering our Manchester and Liverpool city centre clinics for patients who wish to complete their Antibody test with our Nurse/HCA. The clinic is prepared with safety precautions and for social distancing. This is a rapid result service. Pall Mall Medical will be using private couriers for same-day delivery of samples to the laboratory.
You must be a minimum of 10 days post symptoms to be able to attend the clinic. A temperature check will also be taken on arrival.
For medical advice relating to symptoms, which test is appropriate, what your results mean or for general advice, we offer private GP appointments by telephone/video for £40. Click here for more about our GP services.
Coronavirus testing for business
The return to work presents a major challenge for employers and protecting staff and their families from the risk of coronavirus needs to be a top priority.
Businesses are having to deal with the physical risks and emotional concerns of their staff returning to work and those who have continued to perform their duties. This is having a significant impact in the workplace, often resulting in staff absences and reduced productivity.
Our Coronavirus tests will:
- Give staff the confidence to return to work safely
- Screen workers who are unable to work from home
- Identify employees who need to be isolated or quarantined
- Create a protected environment in the workplace
- Facilitate a faster recovery with fewer interruptions
If you're a business that requires multiple tests for your staff you can order online or call us on 03300 58 44 55. You will be required to provide patient details for each test ordered. For a callback, please complete our online enquiry form.
How to complete a PCR swab test at home
Why use Pall Mall Medical?
- Give your staff reassurance
- No waiting lists or delays
- Only UK approved tests
- Easy to do at home
- Fast result service
- Available to anybody
How much does a private coronavirus test cost?
|Coronavirus Antibody Test (Abbott)
(taken in-clinic in Manchester & Liverpool)
|Coronavirus PCR (Swab) Test||£149**|
*This cost is broken down into £74 for the test and £25 for the phlebotomy appointment which is non-refundable if the patient cancels within 48hours before the appointment.
**£149 includes an administration & postage fee of £25 which is non-refundable if the patient chooses to cancel their request after the home-testing kit is sent in the post.