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 a CE approved rapid antigen test, which can be conducted on-site, as well as a reputable PCR test, 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 on-site by a qualified healthcare professional. One nurse can test around 10-15 people per hour. We supply the tests, the specialist trained staff to carry them out, 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 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

  Turnaround time Accuracy Cost
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)Up to 3 days to get results*99.3% (would miss 1/100)Over £100
Rapid antigen PoC nasal swab15 minutes97% (would miss 3/100)Nearer £20

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 (it would miss 1 person in 100). A nasal-swab test is 97% accurate: 3 in every 100 would be missed. Test accuracy is also heavily dependent on the test being conducted by a qualified medical professional.

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 over £100 with the rapid antigen nasal-swab test costing nearer £20, and it’s easier to use – arguably less uncomfortable for the person being tested.

Find out how we can support you and your employees to get back to work safely