COVID-19 Antigen Tests

Covid-19 Coronavirus Antigen Testing

Following extensive research, DocTap has selected the Zhejiang Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test for rapid, affordable point of care Covid-19 testing.  The Orient Gene test is one of the few UK Public Health assessed antigen lateral flow tests. It has a sensitivity of 98.3% and specificity of 99.6% compared with PCR.  The price of the test is £79 or can be taken alongside an antibody test (IgM & IgG) for an additional £40.

Antigen lateral flow testing is available at over 20 DocTap locations across London.  Find your nearest clinic and book an appointment here. A healthcare professional if full PPE will take a swab from your nose and then load the lateral flow test cassette in front of you. To minimise social interaction, patients are then requested to leave the premise whilst the test is run.  You will receive an email with your results and doctor's certificate in under 3 hours.

Whilst some countries will accept a negative antigen or lateral flow test result as a condition of entry, the majority still require a PCR test. Travel rules are frequently changing, so please check the current requirements for your destination country before booking.

Please note: the Orient Gene Covid-19 Antigen test has been confirmed to detect the novel UK variant of the virus with the same accuracy as the pre-existing strain.

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Covid-19 Antigen Tests

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Antigen Test from £79 3 hours

Our Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test is one of only a few UK Public Health assessed antigen tests. A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. NB. Many countries require a PCR test for entry.  Please check the latest travel advice. This is not suitable for children under 5, who should have a PCR test.

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Antigen Test FAQ

bookings

We are pleased to have the widest range and best priced Covid-19 tests of any London clinic.  Please visit the booking page for a full list of tests, prices and availability.  Some of our most popular tests are:

  • PCR Test (next day) - from £139
  • PCR Test (3 hours / same day) - £199
  • Antigen Test - from £79
  • Antibody Test - from £59

All tests are booked online here. Simply select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Then choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the clinic locations and times you can book. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you. PCR tests cost from £139 and point of care tests from £59.

All our tests are carried out at one of our 30+ London clinics, staffed by healthcare professionals.  To select a location, simply visit the booking page and select Covid-19 Coronavirus Test / Fit to Fly.  Choose the type of test which you require and it will show you all the available clinic locations and times. Different clinics offer different types of test, so you may wish to select a couple of different test types to find the most convenient location for you.

You can change your test free of charge or cancel for a full refund so long as you have not yet taken the test.  We are not able to make changes or refunds after you have taken the test.  To change or cancel your test please log into your DocTap account. 

Simply book a test for the first member of your party.  Then repeat the process for another test, but on the payment screen enter the details of the second person.  Repeat for any other members of your party.

If you have accidentally booked multiple tests for the same person then don't worry, you will receive an automated email checking that this is what you wanted.  To make a change simply reply to the email with the second person's details. Please ensure we have the correct details before you take your test.

test details and timings

PCR tests require a swab to be taken from the back of your throat and nose.  It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.  This can either be a guided self swab or taken by a healthcare professional. Our same day and 3 hour tests only require a sample from the back of your throat, which some people may prefer. You can choose which you prefer when booking your test.

Antibody and Antigen tests will always be carried out by a healthcare professional.

The majority of countries require a PCR test. We offer PCR tests with both same day and next day results. This is the gold standard of Covid-19 testing. A few countries will accept antigen lateral flow tests, but please check the requirements for your destination country.

No. We are only able to offer tests for patient who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. You will be asked to confirm this on booking.  If you have symptoms please book an NHS test.

When attending your appointment, please bring your booking reference number (in your confirmation email) and some photo identification.  Your ID needs to match the name that the booking is under.

A PCR is the gold standard test to determine whether you currently have Covid-19.  This is the test which most countries require for entry purposes.

An antigen test, also called a lateral flow test is also used to check for current infection.  This has the advantage of being quicker and cheaper than a PCR test, but can be less accurate at lower viral loads.

An antibody test looks to see whether you have had the virus in the past. Antibodies are believed to confer a degree of immunity to the re-infection by the virus.  

If you require your test for travel purposes, please check the latest requirements for your destination country before booking.

Different countires and airlines have different policies and they are changing frequently.  To ensure that you have the most up to date information, please contact your airline or review the latest government's travel advice.

DocTap have selected the Zhejiang Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test.  This is available from £79 and is one of the 3 UK Public Health assessed antigen tests with a sensitivity of 96% and a specificity of 99% compared with PCR. Some countries will accept this test as a condition for entry, in which case it is significantly cheaper and quicker than PCR.  However, the majority of places still stipulate PCR so check the requirements for your country before booking as a fit to fly certificate.

A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose and carry out the point of care test. You will receive your results and doctor's certificate by email within 3 hours. Please note that this test is not suitable for children under 5, who should have a PCR test instead.

We can carry out PCR tests on young children. Some healthcare professionals will not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by someone they do not know.  If this is the case they will be able to assist and guide the parent to take a swab from the child.

We are unable to carry out antigen tests on children under 5 years old. Children under 5 should have a PCR test.

Yes, all our test partners have confirmed that their sensitivity and specificity is unchanged with regards to the new Covid-19 strain in the UK.  They will not however differentiate between whether you have the "pre-existing" or novel strain.

results and certificates

You will receive your doctor's certificate as soon as your results are ready. This will include:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Address
  • Passport / ID (if provided)
  • The test type. For PCR this will be: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) RT-PCR Test
  • The date and time that the swab sample was collected
  • The result and date
  • Guidance from a doctor advising on your suitability to travel, based on the result of this test.
  • Doctor's signature and GMC number
  • DocTap contract details and logo

For PCR tests you will also receive a separate results certificate produced by the laboratory themselves. This includes:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Passport / ID (if provided)
  • Test type & methodology
  • Sample reference
  • Sample collected date
  • Reported date
  • Results
  • Details of the laboratory

Yes. Many countries require your passport number to be present on your test results certificate. You will be invited to enter your passport number or ID number on booking.  Alternatively, you can enter it at any time in your DocTap portal. It will then be shown on your test results certificate.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and doctor's certificate will be emailed to you.  Our doctor's letters are on a DocTap headed document and include the signature and GMC number of our medical director. We have had very few requests for paper copies or stamps.

Should you require one of these then we can arrange it to be stamped or signed at one of our London clinics at no extra charge. If you require this please let us know once you have received your results.  Please allow an additional 24 hours to arrange printing and signing of your certificate.  We only have a limited number of London locations where you can collect a certificate from.  We will be able to advise you on your options depending on the day your results are available.

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