Covid-19 PCR Home Testing
Testing of COVID-19 (coronavirus) Antigen for the detection of active infections, Maidstone, Kent.
Illuminate Skin Clinic are working in partnership with The Doctors Laboratory, a UKAS approved laboratory, to offer virtual COVID-19 PCR home testing for the detection of active infections of COVID-19. The PCR swab tests are also available in clinic for those who are non-symptomatic but require proof for work purposes.
Our PCR test checks for the presence of coronavirus in your system. The PCR test is most appropriate during the earliest stages of exposure to the virus, approximately 1-11 days, and should be undertaken when someone suspects they have Covid-19, or if they believe they have been recently exposed to it.
How does home testing work?
After placing your order, we will dispatch the test on the same day to arrive with you the following morning. If you live locally, we can also provide a contact-free collection point where the test may be collected by a friend or family member of another household.
At the time of order, we will set up a video consultation between yourself and our clinical nurse who will talk you through the process while you’re performing the test to ensure you obtain an adequate sample. After you’ve completed the test, you will then need to post it to the laboratory using the pre-paid envelope included in the test kit.
How long does it take to receive the results?
Once the laboratory has received your sample they will aim to turn around the results within 48 hours. The entire process including the time it takes for you to receive the sample from us takes approximately 3-5 days. If you need your result back urgently, we recommend using our contact-free collection service if possible.
Not for profit
At Illuminate Skin Clinic, we have made the decision to offer all our COVID-related services as ‘not for profit’ to help support the community during this time.
If you have any questions about our COVID-19 PCR tests or if you’d like to make a booking, click here to get in touch.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that results and benefits may vary from patient to patient taking into consideration factors such as age, lifestyle and medical history.
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If you have further questions about this treatment, please call us on
0330 1331 272
How reliable is this Covid-19 testing kit?
Our PCR tests are provided through a UKAS accredited laboratory. We also offer virtual consultations with all of our at-home tests to ensure an adequate sample is obtained.
How long will it take to receive my results?
Once the laboratory has received the test, they aim to turn around the results within 48 hours. The entire process usually takes 3-5 days from the point of order through to receiving the results.
Expedited delivery options are available at an additional cost.
How will the test and results be delivered?
The home testing kit will be delivered by Royal Mail in discreet packaging. Your results are sent by email.
If I’m non-symptomatic, can I come into the clinic?
If you’re non-symptomatic and require a PCR swab test for work, you may visit the clinic to have the test carried out by a clinician. Appointments are usually available on the same day* and the process will be slightly quicker than taking the test at home. Click here to read more about our Fitness to Travel service.
*subject to availability
What happens if I test positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, you must immediately self-isolate for 14 days to prevent spreading the virus to others. You should then contact the NHS on 111 who will advise you of the next steps.
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