Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits

COVID-19 test confirm if you currently have the virus (swab test) or have previously had the virus (antibody blood test). Test kits contain CE-marked sampling equipment and are approved for sale in the UK. 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. 

COVID-19 test confirm if you currently have the virus (swab test) or have previously had the virus (antibody blood test). Test kits contain CE-marked sampling equipment and are approved for sale in the UK. 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. 

How the COVID-19 test kit service works

  1. Complete an online consultation and one of our clinicians will assess your suitability for the test

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

    Free delivery within 2 working days. 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

Types of COVID-19 test kit

  • COVID-19 antibody blood sampling kit

    A sample collected using this kit can be analysed to determine if you have previously had COVID-19. You will need to produce a blood sample using a small finger pricking device, contained within the kit. You will only need to produce a small amount of blood and it shouldn't hurt. Full instructions are contained within the test kit. This blood sample is then tested at our partner laboratory for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus), therefore testing if you have been exposed to and likely recovered from the virus. 

    There are 3 possible outcomes from the COVID-19 antibody blood test:

    • a positive result (you have been exposed to the virus)
    • a negative result (you have not been exposed to the virus)
    • an inconclusive result (there is not enough blood in the sample, or the swab has been damaged in some way)
  • COVID-19 swab test kit

    This test can be used at home to determine if you currently have COVID-19 which is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus (a type of coronavirus). The test involves running a swab around the inside of your mouth and nasal passage to collect a sample. Your sample is then tested at our approved partner laboratory for the presence of the virus.    

    There are 3 possible outcomes from the COVID-19 swab test:

    • a positive result (you currently have the virus)
    • a negative result (you currently do not have the virus)
    • an inconclusive result (the sample present on the swab is not strong enough, or the swab has been damaged in some way)

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COVID-19 test kit service

  • Test kits for key workers

    We want to support our key workers in getting the testing they need to look after themselves and their households, and so helping support your decision to return to work where appropriate.

  • Test kits for the general public

    We understand that you might be concerned that you have COVID-19 and might be putting those around you at risk or want to confirm if you’ve had the virus in the past. 

    If you think you might currently have COVID-19 you can purchase a swab test kit from us for £99. If you think you might have already had COVID-19 you can purchase an antibody blood test kit for £59. Complete our online consultation and if approved a test kit will be sent out to you. 

  • 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 support@lloydsonlinedoctor.com. 

  • COVID-19 test kit availability

    We currently have a limited number of test kits we can sell, dispatch and process each day. If our test kits sell out in the 24-hour period, you will be notified in the consultation and advised to return and complete the consultation the following day. Please note that test kits will arrive within 2 working days of your order being approved by our clinicians. 

  • Our COVID-19 sampling kits are fully regulated

    • Sampling kits include CE-marked equipment, meaning they conform to European standards for medical testing
    • Abbott antibody blood test
    • They are legal to supply in the UK
    • The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) provides UK-accredited pathology services globally.
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    About COVID-19

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      What is COVID-19?

      Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. It is a respiratory illness that, for most people, causes mild to moderate symptoms and they will recover without needing treatment. However, for some people it could cause serious illness, particularly those with underlying health conditions.

      What are the mild COVID-19 symptoms?

      Many people who have COVID-19 will be asymptomatic, meaning they have no symptoms at all. Those 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?

      Unfortunately, some people will experience severe symptoms of COVID-19. These usually include difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure. In some instances, COVID-19 can be a cause of death. 

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

      COVID-19 is primarily spread by breathing in droplets of saliva or nasal discharge from an infected person when they cough or sneeze or by touching infected surfaces and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

      How can I prevent catching COVID-19?

      Keeping your hands clean and regularly washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or cleaning them with a 70% alcohol-based sanitiser, is the best way of preventing the spread of the disease. You should also practice social distancing when you’re outside and self-isolate if you have symptoms. For more guidance 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 to avoid dehydration and taking paracetamol to lower your temperature. Find out more about treating COVID-19 at home. 

      If your symptoms worsen it’s important you seek medical advice. If necessary, you may be admitted to hospital to help you manage your condition. There is no specific treatment available for COVID-19, however the care you receive 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 various symptoms or even no symptoms at all, it's difficult to diagnose without testing. Testing can also help the government understand how far the virus has spread among the population. This can help inform the NHS and government's decisions on measures such as lockdown and social distancing.

      How to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic

      It’s important to look after yourself both physically and mentally. For guidance on how to reduce your risk of catching the illness and looking after yourself if you or someone in your household displays symptoms, you can either visit our COVID-19 advice pages, or the government guidance pages

      Your mental health is just as important as your physical health, especially when most of us are unable to see our friends and family on a regular basis because of lockdown or social distancing measures. We’ve provided 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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