We are experiencing a significant increase in demand for our COVID-19 tests and our partner lab is working hard to send out test kits and process results as quickly as possible. If you are waiting for test results and have a question, please message our team in your patient record. Click here for info about COVID-19 swab tests. 

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    Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits

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      COVID-19 swab tests confirm if you currently have the virus. Test kits contain CE-marked sampling equipment, are approved for sale in the UK and are suitable for those aged 18 and over. They include clear instructions on how to collect your sample and are delivered for free. Your sample is then sent to our partner laboratory for analysis.

      • Test kits are suitable for adults aged 18 and over.
      • Unfortunately we cannot treat anyone under the age of 18.
      • Tests must be requested for yourself and not on behalf of anyone else.
      • Results will be available to view online in your secure Patient Record 48-72 hours after the lab has received your sample. 
      • You can request a paper copy of your results which you’ll receive up to 5 working days after your results become available.  Please request this in your patient record.
      • We do not currently offer a downloadable travel certificate, this is coming soon.

      How our COVID-19 test kit service works

      1. Go through an online consultation and one of our clinicians will check the test is right for you

      2. Receive your test kit by post, do the the test and send your sample back to the lab

        Free to send back to the lab ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

      3. View your results securely online once you receive an email or SMS notification from us

        2-3 working days after receiving your sample in the lab

      Our COVID-19 test kit service

      • Our COVID-19 sampling kits are fully regulated

        • Sampling kits include are CE-marked which means they conform to European standards for medical testing
        • They are legal to supply in the UK
        • The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) provides UK-accredited medical services globally
      • COVID-19 test kit availability

        There is a daily limit to the number of test kits we can process. If we meet our limit we’ll let you know during the consultation and advise you to come back the next day. 

      • Test kits for employers

        If you are an employer who would like to provide test kits for your staff, please contact us for more information at covid@lloydsonlinedoctor.com. 

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        Information about COVID-19

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          What is COVID-19?

          Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. For most people, it causes mild to moderate symptoms and they’ll recover without needing treatment. But some people may become seriously ill, especially those with underlying health conditions.

          What are the mild COVID-19 symptoms?

          Many people who have COVID-19 will have no symptoms at all (asymptomatic). People who experience mild symptoms are likely to have a fever, dry cough, lose their sense of taste or smell and feel tired. 

          Less common symptoms include aches and pains, blocked nose, sore throat and diarrhoea.

          What are the severe COVID-19 symptoms?

          Severe symptoms of COVID-19 include difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure. COVID-19 can also be a cause of death. 

          How does COVID-19 spread and how is it caught?

          COVID-19 is mainly caught by breathing in droplets an infected person spreads when they cough or sneeze. It can also be caught by touching infected surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

          How can I prevent catching COVID-19?

          The best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by keeping your hands clean. This means regularly washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaning them with a 70% alcohol-based sanitiser. 

          Social distancing from people outside of your household/bubble and self-isolating if you have symptoms will also help protect you and those around you. For more info please visit the​​​​​​ Government’s dedicated COVID-19 advice pages. 

          How is COVID-19 treated?

          If you have COVID-19 and are self-isolating you can ease your symptoms by:

          • getting lots of rest
          • drinking plenty of water
          • taking paracetamol to lower your temperature. 

          Find out more about treating COVID-19 at home. 

          If your symptoms get worse it’s important you get  medical advice, either by calling your GP or ringing NHS 111.There’s no specific treatment available for COVID-19. But care you receive in hospital will help relieve symptoms and support your body in its fight against the virus.

          Why is testing for COVID-19 important?

          Because COVID-19 can cause varied symptoms or even no symptoms at all, it's difficult to diagnose without testing. Testing can also help the government understand the levels of the virus around the country. 

          How to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

          It’s always important to look after yourself both physically and mentally, but even more so during a pandemic. For advice on how to prevent catching COVID-19, self isolation and what to do if you or anyone in your household/bubble displays symptoms, visit the government guidance pages

          Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, especially when seeing our family and friends isn’t as easy as it used to be. We’ve created some helpful advice on ​​​​​​​coping with stress in the pandemic or you can visit the NHS’ Every Mind Matters website for practical advice on looking after your mental health. 

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