Covid-19 - March 09, 2021

5 tips to make sure your Covid-19 test goes smoothly.

Covid-19 - March 09, 2021

How do I take my Covid-19 test properly?

Getting tested for Covid-19 is no longer alien to us, but as it becomes more and more ingrained in our lives (at least for months to come), it's a good idea to get up to speed on how you can ensure your test is fast and accurate every time. Here's 5 quick tips.

Tip 1 - Familiarise yourself with the kit and instructions!

By now, most of us have likely taken a Covid-19 test! However, it's good practice to read through the instructions in case the process varies from what you've previously experienced. Doing so will ensure that you take an accurate sample. This is especially important if you're doing a lateral flow device test, as you'll be processing the result yourself.

Tip 2 - Eyes watery or feel the need to sneeze? This is correct!

Taking a nose and throat swab test is slightly unpleasant, but we want to make it clear that if you gag or your eyes start to water when swabbing your throat, then you're taking the test correctly! The same goes for your nose if you feel like you're going to sneeze.

Tip 3 - Make sure you know how to return your test.

Depending on what delivery method you've chosen, returning the test to our lab can differ. If you're returning using our free Royal Mail option (Standard Delivery), make sure you know where your nearest priority postbox is, as this service does not include at-home collection.

If you've booked our priority courier service, the courier will wait outside whilst you take the test. Note: we cannot arrange for the courier to collect the test at a different time to dropping it off.

Tip 4 - Getting your results.

Your results will be available within 24 hours after the lab receives your sample! Once they've finished processing, we'll send you an email asking you to log in to, where you can download them and any associated documentation.

Tip 5 - Travel certificate information.

If you've booked a 'Fit to Fly' test, we'll supply you with a travel certificate signed by a GP. Here's the information that you'll find on your certificate:

  • Test barcode number

  • Your full name, date of birth and passport number

  • The date you took the swab and the date the laboratory tested the swab

  • The laboratory name and any accreditations

  • Your result

  • Method of analysis - our lab uses a 'direct RT-PCR method'

  • Type of sample - officially, this is known as an 'upper respiratory nasopharyngeal swab specimen'

  • The virus tested for - SARS-CoV-2

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