COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing

As a Government approved provider of coronavirus testing, our COVID-19 testing solutions allow employers, universities and local authorities to check if employees and students currently have coronavirus. Antigen tests look for the presence of coronavirus. Regularly testing employees can mitigate outbreaks in your work environment, whilst also protecting your business operations.

Our testing solutions

We have access to the only CE approved rapid antigen tests, which can be conducted on-site, as well as a reputable PCR tests, with results returned within 48 hours from our laboratory partners.

Rapid antigen testing

Rapid antigen testing is a point-of-care nasal swab test which delivers an on the spot result when detecting the presence of live COVID-19 virus. It is carried out either on-site by a qualified healthcare professional, or remotely via video technology such as Zoom or Skype. One nurse can test around 10-15 people per hour. We supply the tests, the specialist trained staff to carry them out (either in person or remotely), and then if needed, an after-service to assist with any track and trace needs.

When to use rapid antigen testing?

Our rapid antigen testing solution can be used to test employees on a regular basis, giving them confidence that they are safe at work. It can also be used in response to a potential outbreak and to protect the wider workforce. Our nurses can be deployed on-site or remotely, at very short notice to test your staff and help avoid any closure to your operations.

PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test

The PCR test looks for evidence that the virus is currently in your body, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose/throat. A qualified healthcare professional will insert a swab into the nose and/or throat of an individual requiring testing. This swab will be inserted into a test tube and sent off to a laboratory on the day. Results are usually returned within 48 hours. We can provide a qualified healthcare professional to help interpret results once they are returned, and offer advice to anyone who is concerned about their result.

Rapid antigen testing v PCR testing

Our rapid antigen nasal-swab test has comparable sensitivity and accuracy, with a few percentage points less sensitivity than the PCR test. PCR is 99.3% accurate and a nasal-swab test is 97% accurate. Test accuracy is also heavily dependent on the test being conducted under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, be that in person or remotely.

However, the lower sensitivity level is mitigated by the fact that the nasal-swab test delivers results within 15 minutes. The PCR test can take up to 3 days to return once someone is able to get an appointment with the lab.

The cost of a PCR test is between £45 and £60 with the rapid antigen nasal-swab test costing between £15 and £40, dependent on clinical support needed, is easier to use and far less uncomfortable for the person being tested as it is not as invasive as previous swab tests.

Turnaround timeAccuracyCost per test
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)Up to 3 days to get results*99.3%£45-£60
Rapid antigen PoC nasal swab15 minutes97%£15-£40

Hear what our customers have to say

Acacium Group were indispensable in helping King’s College London deliver lateral flow testing to enable our students to safely return home prior to Christmas and subsequently to enable the ‘test to return’ and weekly test schedules in new year 2021 as we were required to do by the government.

Their advice and assistance in helping set our three testing sites up was invaluable, as was their flexibility in managing the staff resource as our needs changed, sometimes on a daily basis. King’s are proud of the service we were able to deliver to our students in these uncertain times but could not have managed it without Acacium Group.”

 – Richard Kent, Deputy Director of Facilities Management, Kings College London

“We’ve been really happy with the support Thornbury Nursing Services, part of Acacium Group, provided to us over several months to provide us with a personalised Covid testing service.

Not only have I had great feedback from students and staff about the care and professionalism they have experienced in our testing centre but the flexibility of support as the regulations and requirements changed was brilliant and very reassuring.”

 – Andrew Young, Chief Operating Officer, London School of Economics

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