Covid-19 Testing

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Need to travel overseas?
Looking to return to work?
A negative antigen PCR test might be a requirement for both.
A fit to fly or fit to work medical certificate
is available for no extra charge when requested.
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PHE approved COVID-19 PCR tests
Our test shows a minimum sensitivity of 98%
and a specificity of 100%. To ensure the fastest possible turnaround,
we have several sites across UK where patients can take a
Covid swab test.
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Covid-19 PCR Swabs & Fitness to Travel Certificates

We have been commissioned by Mediscan Diagnostics Services, who has been providing covid testing services through their brand name “thefasttest”, to support the reporting of the results through our clinical team.

Need to travel overseas? Looking to return to work? A negative antigen PCR test might be a requirement for both. A fit to fly or fit to work medical certificate is available for no extra charge when requested.

Mediscan provides PHE approved COVID-19 PCR tests from a UKAS accredited laboratory with same day result. Our test shows a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%. To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, we have several sites across UK where patients can take a Covid swab test.

Your test will include a copy of your laboratory results and a doctor’s certificate to certify your fitness to fly.

THE COVID-19 TEST

Antigen PCR test

  • Minimum sensitivity of 98%
  • Specificity of 100%

Turnaround time

  • Same Day Result
  • 24 hr Result
  • 48 hr Result

COVID-19 PCR Tests - Frequently Asked Questions

TURNAROUND: How long does it take to get the results?

For samples tested in the lab, test results and certificates are provided within 24 hours when you see one of our team in clinic or on a home visit.
We also perform an instant tests, results should be available in about 15-minutes.

Where can I have the test?

We have clinics in Greater Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Bradford and Lincoln. We also have a Visiting Service in Manchester.

Do I get a certificate?

We provide a copy of the laboratory results and a physician-signed certificate on letterheaded paper stating the name of the test, the accredited laboratory and the result. You will need to bring photographic ID to show at your appointment.

Can I get my results over the weekend?

Yes we have staff working from 8am-4pm on the weekend who will be able to provide results and certificates on request.

Can I come for a test if I have been asked to quarantine?

No, unfortunately you must not leave home to attend a clinic if you have been asked to self-isolate or quarantine. You should also not attend a clinic if you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has. However if you live in the Manchester area you can have a doctor to carry out the test at home.

How can I book?

To book for an individual, the easiest way is to book online. To book for a large group, please contact us on ….. or email us ….

Can children have a PCR swab test?

Yes, we can test children, although younger children may find the test a little distressing

How much does a COVID-19 PCR test?

Mediscan charge £95 per person for Covid-19 PCR test.

How does a Covid PCR Test work with Mediscan?

Our priority is to provide you with the fastest possible results in a safe manner.

I require a negative Covid-19 swab test within a specified time-frame. How can I get this?

We would advise you take your test as early as possible, such that it is just within your required time window. For instance, if you require a test no more than 72 hours before taking a flight, then have your test exactly 72 hours before your flight.

When will I get my results?

You will receive your results certificate by email.

Where can I take my test? How do I take my sample?

After you book your appointment you will go to one of our locations to take your test. All our PCR testing locations have a toilet or consultation room where you can take your sample. The sample requires you take a swab from your throat and nose. Full instructions of how to do this are included in your test kit. If you would like your swab to be taken by a healthcare professional then this is available

Where do I take my samples?

You can take your test in the consultation room or toilet where you collect the kit. Our courier will then take it to the laboratory.

What type of test is it?

It is a PHE approved SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab, carried out at a UKAS accredited laboratory. This is widely gold standard test for COVID-19.

Can my passport number or other information included in a doctor's letter?

Yes. Please book your test as normal and select to add a doctor's letter. When you go for your test, just let the member of staff know and they can add it for you there and then. Please bring your passport with you if you would like your passport number included.

What information will be on my test results or doctor's letter?

You will be emailed a copy of your lab results report, plus doctor's letter

What dates will be shown on my results?

You lab results will show the date and time which your sample was collected. It will also show the date that the test was completed and your report generated. These cannot be changed.
Should you also require a doctor's letter then this shall include the date and time your sample was collected, plus the date when the letter was written. If you would like us not to write the letter until a certain date then please let us know by replying to your booking confirmation email.

What identification do I need?

Please bring photo identification. You ID needs to match the name on the form.

Please can you advise me on the Covid-19 policy for my particular airline or country?

Different airlines have different policies and they are changing frequently. Unfortunately we do not know the specific requirements of each airline. Please contact your airline for details of their particular requirements.

I need my my doctor's letter to be stamped and/or signed.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and letter (if requested) will be emailed to you. Our doctor's letters are on a Arlington Medical Consultancy headed document and include the signature and GMC number of our medical director. We have had very few requests for paper copies or stamps. Should you require one of these then we can arrange it to be stamped or signed at one of our clinics at no extra charge.

Which countries / airlines accept a Mediscan Covid-19 Test with an accompanying doctor's letter?

Each country has different requirements and these are changing rapidly. Most of the airlines accepts our test results and certificate. However Please double check that they will accept our RT-PCR Covid-19 PCR swab test which is carried out in a UKAS accredited laboratory.