Coronavirus testing - COVID-19 swab home test kit
  • Simple swab test, results withing 2-3 working days
  • CE-marked and approved for sale in the UK
  • Free delivery

Coronavirus (COVID-19) swab test kit

The coronavirus (COVID-19) swab test kit is a simple test that is CE-marked and approved for sale in the UK. It can be used at home to determine if you have COVID-19. 

These tests are the same as those used by the NHS. The test comes with everything you need to collect your sample and is delivered for free. You will also receive prepaid postage and packaging to send your sample back to our partner laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results within 2-3 working days.

Coronavirus testing - COVID-19 swab home test kit
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  • Simple swab test, results withing 2-3 working days
  • CE-marked and approved for sale in the UK
  • Free delivery

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

About the COVID-19 swab test

  • Our COVID-19 test kits are fully regulated

    • Test kits are CE-marked, meaning they conform to European standards for medical testing
    • They are legal to supply in the UK
    • The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) provides UK-accredited pathology services globally.
  • Do I need a COVID-19 swab test?

    If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature or new continuous cough) you may want to take the COVID-19 swab test to check if you currently have the virus. Similarly, if you have been in contact with someone who has had COVID-19 or experienced the symptoms, you may want to take the test. You do not have to have symptoms yourself to take our COVID-19 swab test.

    If you think you have had COVID-19 in the past, and do not currently have symptoms, it may be better that you use our COVID-19 antibody blood sampling kit. To determine fi you have already had the virus.

  • How does this COVID-19 test work?

    In your test kit you will be provided with a swab which you use to collect a sample from your mouth and nose. This sample is then sent to our partner laboratory, where signs of the virus’ genetic material can be detected. If the virus is present, the test will indicate you currently have COVID-19.

  • How do I take the COVID-19 swab test?

    You will need to insert the swab into your mouth and nasal passage, carefully following the instructions provided with your sample collection test kit. Place your sample back into the packaging and send it back to our partner laboratory in for analysis via prepaid postage. 

    We’ve created a handy step-by-step guide for using the COVID-19 swab test kit (see below).

Instructions for using COVID-19 swab test

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      Please note, when your test kit arrives, the swab may be labelled ‘vaginal swab’. They are exactly the same as nose and throat and there should be no cause for concern. Please proceed with your sample collection, following the instructions given.

      Does this COVID-19 test tell me if I have COVID-19 or if I've had it before?

      The COVID-19 swab test will tell you if you currently have COVID-19, not if you have been infected in the past. If you have had COVID-19 and recovered, the virus will have been eliminated by your body. This test cannot tell you if you’ve had the virus previously.

      If you would like to confirm if you have already had the virus, you can take the COVID-19 antibody blood test

      Who can use this COVID-19 swab test?

      These test kits are for personal use only. You can order a test kit from us if you are over 18, but you cannot order the test kit for somebody else. You will be limited to one test kit per person at one time. 

      When will my home testing kit arrive?

      Your test kit will arrive within 2 working days of your order being approved by our clinicians.

      How and when will I receive my COVID-19 test results?

      Once the lab has received your sample, it usually takes 2 working days for them to process your results. The lab will send your results to us and we will contact you by email (or SMS if you have opted in) to let you know your results are ready. You will need to log into your account and your results will be shown in your Patient Record.

      Can I get a paper copy of my results?

      Paper copies of results can be provided on request; please allow 3-5 working days for receipt. Please note this is not a travel service.

      What are the different possible results from the COVID-19 swab test?

      There are 3 possible outcomes from the COVID-19 swab test - a positive result, negative result or an inconclusive result. An inconclusive result is typically due to a poor sample present on the swab, or the swab has been damaged, so it’s very important to follow the instructions provided with your sample collection test kit carefully. In this instance we will send another test out to you free of charge.

      What happens if my COVID-19 results are positive?

      If your result is negative, this means the virus was not detected from your nose and throat swab. We will provide you with personalised advice and support on what this means for you.

      What happens if my COVID-19 results are negative?

      If your result is negative, you are a critical key worker and your test was taken within 3 days of symptoms developing, you may be able to return to work if you feel well enough. This must be discussed with your employing organisation.

      There is always the chance of a false negative result, so if you continue to experience symptoms you will be given advice on self-isolating.

      Can the COVID-19 test give a false negative or false positive result?

      There is the possibility of a false negative result. This means it is possible for a test result to come back as negative when a person is positive. This can be due to low levels of the virus at different stages of the disease. This test is more helpful to confirm the presence of the infection, rather than to give you the ‘all-clear’.

      It is currently not known how long the test will continue to give a positive result after recovery, therefore there is the chance of a false positive result. 

      Will I be able to speak to someone about my COVID-19 test results?

      If you have a query about the outcome of your COVID-19 test, please send us a message through your Patient Record.

      Will LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor report testing numbers and results to Public Health England?

      Our partner laboratory will be reporting the number of tests they perform and their outcomes to PHE. By doing this they will be contributing to the government's official statistics and monitoring of the virus. Your personal data will not be included in these reports. 

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