Regulated PCR Testing
Have I got Covid-19 Coronavirus?
Data last updated: 23 Sept 2020
Have I got Covid?
Testing is critical to controlling coronavirus and eventually easing restrictions that have halted daily life for many people.
About Covid-19 home-testing
There are currently two types of Covid-19 test:
- PCR: Tells you if you have an active coronavirus infection, whether you have symptoms or not. It is called a PCR Test.
- Antibody: Checks to see if you were previously infected at some point and fought it off.
We are currently only able to offer the home PCR ("Do I have it?") test kits in the UK.
Vala partner with The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) to offer our PCR tests. TDL is a medically-led laboratory that was established in 1987. It is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK.
Please read the following information carefully
- We cannot, and will not issue a test for asymptomatic people, or non-work related travel unless urgent.
- Under new guidelines we will only issue a test for people needing a surgical procedure, or you are a key-worker.
- Our team are not obligated to sign-off on a test if we do not believe you meet the criteria above.
- The PCR tests whether you have Covid-19 or not, at the time of taking the test.
- This is a swab test, not a blood test.
- Results will be returned within 2-3 working days after the lab has received your sample.
- Your test will be sent by Royal Mail and will take between 1 and 2 days to arrive. This may take longer during busy periods.
- Tests ordered at the weekend will not be dispatched until the next working day (i.e. Monday).
- Our tests do not interfere with the NHS stock levels.
- For households a form must be completed for each member of the household.
- We cannot supply tests for under 5-year-olds. Tests for under 5-year-olds must be conducted by your GP.
- You must be over 16 to order a PCR test.
Order your test kit
In order to send you a test, we'll need some details to confirm if you qualify for a test.
After you have filled out the details below you will be asked for a one-off payment of £130.00 to cover the cost of the kit, shipping and lab-processing.
Please note, if you require a test as an emergency, please consider your options. Our tests are dispatched from our lab on the next working day, but Royal Mail delivery times will vary from one to three days.
The test is better done by someone who has experience in swabbing throats and noses but in the current extraordinary times this may not be possible. If you have to do it yourself this is what you need to do. First carefully read the introduction letter and instructions, and register your kit. There is more detail than this but simply put, twist open the swab and remove it without touching the soft tip. While standing in front of a mirror, insert the swab into the back of your throat and firmly swab your tonsils and either side of the throat, avoiding your tongue. Then put the swab into one nostril and twirl for a few seconds. Put the swab back into the tube it came in a press it closed. Place the closed swab, along with your completed test request form into the prepaid envelope provided, seal and post as soon as possible from any royal mail postal point.
Terms and Conditions
- Tests are performed in a London-based laboratory and in no way affects the supply chain of PCR tests for the NHS.
- As per the government guidance; if you do think you might have Coronavirus, please keep yourself isolated until test results come back to discuss.
- Test kits usually arrive within 1-3 working days after you have placed the order and are delivered by Royal Mail. However, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays so it may take longer for your test kit to arrive.
- All coronavirus tests are non-refundable.
- If a test result comes back as void because of a patient collection error, the price of the test is non-refundable.
- If you test negative for the virus, this means they are at low risk of having COVID-19 at that moment in time. It does not mean they are definitely negative for COVID-19 nor that you are no longer at risk of catching it in future. You do not need to self-isolate if their test is negative, as long as:
1) no other member of their household has symptoms or has tested positive
2) no one in their support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive 3)
the NHS Test and Trace has not told them to self-isolate.
4) they feel well – if they feel unwell, they should stay at home until they feel better.
- You should continue to follow the latest government guidelines even if you test negative. A negative test does NOT mean you are immune (protected against the virus) and there is a possibility that you may contract it later down the line. You may wish to consider further testing if you develop new symptoms or are concerned.
- This Covid-19 PCR test is highly accurate at 99.9%. However, if the swab is taken inaccurately, it may return an negative result even if you have the virus.
- A positive result does not tell you whether you are safe to return to work.
- A positive result won't tell you that you can't get it again or that you won't be infecting others.
- Only c5% of people with mild infections are developing an immune response. The other c95% of people have had the infection but it won't show up on some tests. The tests are only c100% accurate for c5% of people.
- Vala does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the results provided by the laboratory.