COVID-19 Coronavirus Testing & Fit to Fly Certificates

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Covid-19 PCR Swabs & Fitness to Travel Certificates (from £134)

DocTap currently offers 2 different COVID-19 PCR tests. They are both nose and throat RT-PCR swabs used to detect the presence of SARS CoV-2 RNA. They are provided as a self-swab test kit, but for an extra £15 (payable at the time of booking) you can have a healthcare professional perform the test for you.

Your test will include a pdf copy of your laboratory results.  Should you also require a doctor's certificate (for instance to certify your fitness to fly) then this is available for a £5 supplement.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, we have multiple sites across central London where patients can take a Covid swab test. Our courier then takes them to the laboratory for analysis.  A full list of locations is shown on booking.

Please note: in the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not ready within the timeframe stated below then we would refund your £134 PCR test fee.  DocTap are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.

COVID-19 PCR Swab (2 Days)

DocTap provides PHE approved COVID-19 PCR tests from this UKAS accredited laboratory with results in 2 days, or your money back. Our test shows a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%.  

COVID-19 PCR Swab (Next day)

DocTap also now provides an Express COVID-19 PCR test for the same price.  You will receive your results by 6pm the next day, including weekends and holiday periods. 

Whilst the laboratory which provides this test operates according to the ISO 17025 standard and has been validated against a UKAS-accredited method, it is still awaiting formal UKAS accreditation.  It is considered the gold standard in terms of accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and limit of detection. The test has been extensively validated in-house and is independently assessed through an External Quality Assurance program.

Should your travel destination require a UKAS accreditation, please use one of our 2 day turnaround tests instead.

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. We are pleased to offer the following Covid-19 antibody tests, either performed by a doctor during a GP consultation or performed by a healthcare professional at one of our partner pharmacies:

Laboratory Testing

If you want a COVID-19 antibody test which will be analysed in a laboratory you will need to have your test performed by one of our GPs. You just book an in-person appointment at any of our GP clinics across London, and then the test will be paid for during the appointment once you have discussed it with your doctor.

IgG Antibody Test (£45 + GP consultation fee)

Our antibody test 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.

Point of Care Testing

On 11 November 2020, Public Health England declared that extensive clinical evaluation shows lateral flow tests (point of care tests) are accurate and sensitive enough to be used in the community, including for asymptomatic people. If you do not need to see a doctor for a consultation we also provide point of care testing at a number of pharmacies across London. You simply book and pay for the test online, at which point you will receive an email with full instructions and details of where to go.

Orient Gene Covid-19 IgM/IgG antibody test (£59)

This antibody test was used by Imperial College London in the largest Covid-19 seroprevalence population study in the world. It has a sensitivity of 96% at day 10 and 100% at day 21. Specificity is 100%. A healthcare professional will take a blood sample from your finger and carry out the point of care test. You will receive your results by email within 2 hours.

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.

COVID-19 Antigen Testing

An antigen test is used to aid with the rapid diagnosis of COVID-19 by detecting the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein antigen. This is different to the lab molecular test which uses RT-PCR (in simple terms, RT-PCR looks for the genetic part of the virus (RNA), while antigen testing looks for a protein particle of the virus).

Doctap have carefully selected an antigen test which is public health assessed. Compared to PCR, our test shows a sensitivity of 97% and a specificity of greater than 99%. We have carefully followed research and government advice in our testing processes. Please note that no current Covid 19 tests are 100% accurate. 

According to Public Health England’s own independent evaluation, antigen test specificity is 99.68% – the overall false positive rate was 0.32%. The overall sensitivity was 76.8% for all PCR-positive individuals but detected over 95% of individuals with high viral loads. There were minimal differences between the ability of the test to pick up viral antigens in symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals.

We are currently providing Antigen testing in partnership with multiple pharmacies across London. You simply book and pay for the test online, at which point you will receive an email with full instructions and details of where to go.

We are pleased to offer the following COVID-19 Antigen test:

Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test (£59)

Our Orient Gene Covid-19 antigen test is one of the 3 UK Public Health assessed antigen tests. It has a sensitivity of 96% compared with PCR. A healthcare professional will take a swab from your nose and carry out the point of care test. You will receive your results by email within 2 hours.

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COVID-19 PCR Tests - Frequently Asked Questions

How much does a COVID-19 PCR test cost?

DocTap charge £134 per person for Covid-19 PCR test.  Should you also require a doctor's letter (for instance, to certify fitness to fly), then this is available for an additional charge of £5. If you require a healthcare professional to perform the test for you, then this is available for an additional charge of £15.

How does a Covid PCR Test work with DocTap?

Our priority is to provide you with the fastest possible results in a safe manner. Therefore, patients take their self swab test at one of our several London sites.  Our in house courier then takes them to the laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results (and certificate if you've ordered one) via email within the stated timeframe. You will receive full details via email on booking.  

I require a negative Covid-19 swab test within a specified time-frame. How can I get this?

We would advise you take your test as early as possible, such that it is just within your required time window. For instance, if you require a test no more than 72 hours before taking a flight, then have your test exactly 72 hours before your flight.

When will I get my results?

You will receive your results certificate by email.  If you take the 2 Day test your results will be back by 6pm, 2 days after taking your test, including over weekends. If you take the Express test you will receive your results by 6pm the next day, including weekends and holiday periods. In the exceptionally unlikely event that your results are not back by this time, provided you followed the instructions on your test kit, DocTap would refund your £134 PCR test fee. We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.

Where can I take my test?

Test can be taken at any of the London locations shown on the booking page for a Covid test.  These are not the same as our GP clinic locations. 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 to the laboratory on your behalf.

How do I take my sample?

After you book your appointment you will go to one of our locations to take your test.  All our PCR testing locations have a toilet or consultation room where you can take your sample.  The sample requires you take a swab from your throat and nose. Full instructions of how to do this are included in your test kit.  Alternatively, you can book for a healthcare professional to take your swab for you.

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 take it to the laboratory. 

What type of test is it?

The 2 Day test is a PHE approved SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab, carried out at a UKAS accredited laboratory.  This is widely gold standard test for COVID-19.

The Express test is a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab. Whilst the laboratory which provides this test operates according to the ISO 17025 standard and has been validated against a UKAS-accredited method, it is still awaiting formal UKAS accreditation.  It is considered the gold standard in terms of accuracy, sensitivity, specificity, and limit of detection. 

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.  Each member of your party will need to be present to take the test.

Can my passport number or other information included in a doctor's letter?

Yes. Please book your test as normal and select to add a doctor's letter.  When you go for your test, just let the member of staff know and they can add it for you there and then.  Please bring your passport with you if you would like your passport number included.

What information will be on my test results or doctor's letter?

You will be emailed a copy of your lab results report, plus doctor's letter if requested.

View sample laboratory results.pdf

View a sample fitness to fly certificate.pdf

What dates will be shown on my results?

Your lab results will show the date when your sample was collected.  It will also show the date that the test was completed and your report generated.  These cannot be changed.

Should you also require a doctor's letter then this shall include the date and time your sample was collected, plus the date when the letter was written.  If you would like us not to write the letter until a certain date then please let us know by replying to your booking confirmation email. 

Can I collect my sample kit in advance to have it tested later?

Yes. Simply go to your chosen location and collect your test kit.  Please clearly tell the member of staff that you intend to take it away to test later and ensure that they record on your account the date and time when you plan to actually take the test.  If you do not do this then the laboratory will likely refuse to test your sample as they will think it was taken at your appointment time and is too old to test.  You can drop your sample back at the same pharmacy any time Monday - Friday between 9am and 4:30pm.  Alternatively, you can take it to Pharmacentre on Edgware Road any time between 9am and 11pm, 7 days per week.  Please note that if you deposit it after 6pm (or 5:30pm on Sundays) then it will not be dispatched to the laboratory for testing until the following evening.

What identification do I need?

Please bring an electronic copy of your test form and photo identification. Your 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 doctor's letter assessing your fitness to fly 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 or country?

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.

I need my my doctor's letter to be stamped and/or signed.

To ensure the fastest possible turnaround, your results and letter (if requested) 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. However, this will add to the turnaround time. If you require this please let us know by replying to your booking confirmation email.

Which countries / airlines accept a DocTap Covid-19 Test with an accompanying doctor's letter?

Each country has different requirements and these are changing rapidly.  Please check double check that they will accept our RT-PCR Covid-19 PCR swab test which is carried out in a UKAS accredited laboratory.  The only country we are aware of which does is Fiji, since they have a very small list of accepted laboratories.

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

At present we don't offer a postal service, but we shall be adding this shortly.

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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