You are ordering a Coronavirus PCR Testing Home Sample Collection Kit and the PCR analysis of this sample. We are listed on the governmental website as a private provider of Covid-19 testing. Our Covid-19 PCR home test is used for General, Fit to Fly and Test to Release testing. You simply spit in the collection tube and send the tube to our lab in the return packaging provided. You can also come to our laboratory at the Southampton Science Park to do an on-site testing. Please contact us if you want to do so. We do NOT offer the Day 2 and Day 8 testing (Arrival in the UK) which you will need for your passenger locator form.
After the sample arrives at the laboratory we perform a RNA-extraction. As well as RNA from you the RNA of bacteria and viruses in your sample is extracted. We then take the RNA mixture and specifically amplify only two parts of RNA that are highly specific to Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2), along with a gene present in your RNA to confirm there is indeed sample in the tube. While we are amplifying these RNA pieces an instrument is monitoring this process. It’s like counting the number of pieces of this RNA in your sample. If you don’t have the coronavirus in your saliva the machine cannot count it and therefore your result is negative. We make sure that your sample was extracted correctly by adding controls to the PCR. We must ensure that everything worked perfectly and we can provide you an accurate, correct result. Our method is validated.
What is the difference between General, Fit To Fly, Day 2/Day 8, and Test to Release PCR testing?
Essentially nothing. The test is exactly the same, they just have slightly different reporting requirements.
- General testing will provide you with a report with the results of the test.
- Fit to Fly tests come with a Travel Certificate if you test negative which means you are able to leave the country and must show the certificate at departure.
- Day 2/Day 8 testing – A legal requirement upon your return to England from abroad from a country on the Amber/Red list. These tests must be purchased before you leave England and proof of purchase with associated booking reference numbers shown at departure. You will then take the test on day 2 after arrival back in England from wherever you are self-isolating. You will take the day 8 test 8 days after your return. Even if your day 2 was negative, you must remain in self-isolation and continue to take the day 8 test. If this test is negative you may leave self-isolation on day 10.
- Test to Release – a voluntary test done on day 5 after your arrival back into England to see if you can end your self-isolation period earlier. The day 2 and day 8 tests are mandatory. This test is not and means you are able to end the self-isolation period after you receive a negative report. You must keep this report and you must still take the day 8 test in order to remain out of isolation.