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Covid-19 PCR Swabs & Fitness to Travel Certificates (£139)

A number of airlines require passengers to produce evidence of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to flying. DocTap can provide PHE approved COVID-19 PCR tests with results within 70 hours or your money back. Our test shows a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%.  To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, we have 9 sites across central London where patients can take a Covid swab test.  Our own courier then takes them directly to the laboratory by Kings Cross for analysis.  A full list of locations is shown on booking.

Full instructions on taking your sample are included with your test kit. You will be emailed your results and fitness to travel certificate within 70 hours of receipt of your sample. The vast majority of results are in fact back within 48 hours.  The total cost of the test and fitness to travel certificate is £139.

Please note: in the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back within 70 hours, provided you followed the instructions on your test kit,  we would refund your test fee in full.  DocTap are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 Tests & Fitness to Fly & Certificates

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COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Antibody tests can detect if you have had the infection in the past. Your symptoms must have fully cleared up for at least 14 days before we can carry out this test. Antibody tests require a blood sample which will be taken by your doctor in the clinic. They will be able to advise on the most appropriate test for you also explain the implications of both a positive and negative result. We are pleased to offer the following Covid-19 antibody tests:

Abbott IgG Antibody Test (£45 + consultation fee)

Our gold standard antibody test is the Public Health England approved Abbott antibody test. This has demonstrated a specificity of 100% and sensitivity of 97.5% to SARS-CoV-2. Your sample will be sent to our partner laboratory in London for analysis by professional scientists. Results are typically available in 2-3 days.

SureScreen IgG / IgM Rapid Antibody Test (£18 + consultation fee)

Whilst no instant point of care antibody test has yet been endorsed by Public Health England, there is substantial evidence that point of care tests can be very effective at testing for COVID-19. DocTap has selected the SureScreen test which has been evaluated and publicly endorsed by St Thomas's Hospital in London, where Boris Johnson was treated. SureScreen is a UK company with nearly 25 years experience in medical diagnostics.

Your doctor will take a blood sample in your consultation and load it into the SureScreen cassette. Your results will be available within 10 minutes, during which time your doctor will be happy to discuss any other medical concerns you may have. You are welcome to take a photo of your test cassette for your records.

What do COVID-19 Antibody Test Results Mean?

A positive test result confirms that you have had COVID-19 in the past. It is not yet known whether the presence of antibodies confers immunity and if so, for how long. A negative test means that there are no detectable antibodies in your blood sample. This could be because you have not been infected, the infection was very mild or that your immune system had not produced antibodies to the virus at the time of testing.

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COVID-19 PCR Tests & Fitness to Travel Certificate - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a fit to fly test / certification cost?

DocTap charge £139 per person for Covid-19 PCR test and fitness to fly assessment from a doctor.

How does a Covid Fit to Fly Test work with DocTap?

Our priority is to provide you with the fastest possible results in a safe manner. Therefore, patients collect their self test kit from one of our 9 London sites.  Our in house courier then takes them directly to the laboratory by Kings Cross for analysis.  You will receive your results within 70 hours of returning your sample.  You will receive full details via email on booking.  Should you prefer a healthcare professional take your swab for you, this is available for a £15 fee payable at the clinic.  This service is not available at our Kings Cross and London Bridge sites, and not at weekends at Oxford Street. 

My airline requires a fitness to fly certificate or negative Covid-19 swab test within a specified time-frame of departure. How can I get this?

We would advise you take your test as early as possible, such that it is just within the time window required by your airline. For instance, if the test needs to be no more than 72 hours before your flight, then have your test exactly 72 hours before your flight.

Most patients take their test at the same time as they collect the sample kit.  Our courier will then take it straight to the lab for analysis.  Should you prefer absolute control over when your sample is tested, you are welcome to collect your sample kit in advance and then only take the sample and deliver it yourself to the lab at the exact time required. Samples can be dropped off at the laboratory by Kings Cross 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Full instructions on this option are included in your self collection test kit.

Can I get a fit to fly certificate at a weekend or evening?

We have a limited number of weekend appointments.  If you require a sample to be tested at a time when we have no appointments available, we recommend you book an appointment to collect your test kit during working hours any time prior to the weekend or evening.  Then you can take your sample at home any time you wish and drop it off directly at the laboratory by Kings Cross which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Full details of where to take your sample are on your test kit.

When will I get my results?

You will receive your results and fitness to fly assessment by email.  Your results will be back within 70 hours from receipt of your sample, although the vast majority are in fact back within 48 hours. The laboratory runs 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, so turnaround times are the same at weekends as midweek.  In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back within 70 hours, provided you followed the instructions on your test kit,  DocTap would refund your test fee in full.  We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.

Where can I collect by sample kits?

Sample kits can be collected at the collection points shown on the booking page.  These are by Oxford Street, Kings Cross, Victoria, Moorgate, Clapham, Earls Court, Hammersmith, Chelsea and London Bridge. You will find the address on the booking page and will be sent directions by email on booking.  Our in house couriers will take your sample directly to the laboratory on your behalf. Details of the lab site is included in your test kit.

How do I take my sample?

After you book your appointment you will go to one of our locations to collect your sample kit.  You will then be able to take your sample there and then if you wish.  All our fit to fly locations have a toilet or consultation room where you can take your sample.  The sample requires you take a swab from your nose and throat. Full instructions of how to do this are included in your test kit. If you would like your swab to be taken by a healthcare professional then this is available for a £15 fee, payable at the clinic.  This service is not available at our Kings Cross or London Bridge locations or at Oxford Street on weekends.

Where do I take my samples?

You can take your test in the consultation room or toilet where you collect the kit.  Our courier will then drop it off at the laboratory.  Should you wish to take your test at a later date, you can drop it off directly at the lab yourself. This is located by Kings Cross and is open 24/7.  Full details are contained within your test kit.

What type of test is it?

Our fitness to fly assessment test is a PHE approved SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab. We are not aware of any airlines which are requesting passengers have any other type of test.

What if I require tests for multiple people?

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. We will need to verify the identity of  every member of your party.  If you need to collect a test kit on behalf of someone else, please bring a photo of them holding their photo ID.  There is no need for everyone to be present at the laboratory if you choose to drop them off there.

Can my passport number or other information be included in my certificate?

Yes.  If you require other information such as your passport number on your certificate then please book a test as normal.  Then drop us an email stating what additional information you require on the certificate.  Please include a photo of your passport if you require your passport number on the certificate.

Do I need access to a printer to have the test?

It is essential that a printed copy of your test form is included with your sample.  If it is not then the laboratory will not know to send your results to DocTap.  If you have access to a printer then please print off your form and bring it with you.  This will save you time.  If you do not have access to a printer then there is one onsite at each test centre which you can use.

What information will be on my fitness to fly assessment?

You will be emailed a copy of your fitness to fly assessment, together with your lab results report.

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What dates will be shown on my fitness to fly assessment?

Your fitness to fly assessment will show the date and time at which the sample was taken.  It will also show the date at which DocTap reviewed your results and wrote your fitness to fly assessment. We are unable to modify lab report dates.  If you wish us not to prepare your report until a certain date then please let us know after submitting in your sample.  Should your results be positive we shall of course notify you right away as you would be required to self isolate immediately.

Can I collect my sample kit in advance and then drop the sample off directly at the lab myself?

Yes. Simply book an appointment for when you would like to pick up your test kit. You are welcome to actually take the sample and drop it off a the lab several days later. The laboratory by Kings Cross is open 24/7 which is useful if you wish to drop it off as soon as is permissible by your airline.  Full details are on your test kit.

What identification do I need?

Please bring your printed test form and photo identification with you when you collect your test kit. You ID needs to match the name on the form.  

Can I get a certificate without a test?

No. We are only able to issue you with a fitness to fly assessment if you have a Covid-19 PCR test booked with DocTap.

Please can you advise me on the Covid-19 policy for my particular airline?

Different airlines have different policies and they are changing frequently. Unfortunately we do not know the specific requirements of each airline. Please contact your airline for details of their particular requirements.

My airline requires my fitness to fly assessment to be stamped and/or signed.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and fitness to fly assessment will be emailed to you. These 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. However, this will add to the turnaround time. If you require this please let us know by replying to your booking confirmation email.

I don't live in London. Can you post me a kit?

Yes. If you would like us to post you a test kit please book an appointment for Covid Fit to Fly Certificate as normal, choosing any time and location.  Then drop us an email to ask us to instead post your sample to you.  This will be dispatched the following working day via Royal Mail first class post. Please be aware that the postal system is sometimes slower than normal at present.  Therefore, please allow up to 4 working days for receipt of your test kit.  Once you have collected  your sample, you can either drop it off directly at the laboratory by Kings Cross, or return it in the post.  If you choose to post it, then we will send you your results within 70 hours of receipt at the laboratory.  It may take 2-3 working days for Royal Mail to deliver your test to the lab. Therefore, we would advise against returning your sample in the post if you need your results urgently.

Important note: patients must complete the self swab as directed in the instructions inside the test kit.  Failure to take a swab as directed, or to take a swab on behalf of someone else is a gross breach of the terms of this service.

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