Have you been dreaming of lying on the beach or swimming in salty water? Exploring historic sights or going on a safari through a beautiful African national park but you are unsure of travelling during these times? We have got you covered! Newington Pharmacy are now providing COVID-19 Saliva PCR Testing in Edinburgh!
COVID-19 has dramatically changed the way that we live, the way that we interact and the way that we travel. Since mid March the travel industry has been almost non existent, with millions of people worldwide having to cancel their travel plans. A couple of months later and things are beginning to look somewhat normal again. Airlines are opening up routes and people are beginning to go on their long awaited holidays! There are however certain restrictions and measures that we need to adhere to before we go on our next adventure!
Travel restrictions are changing everyday with many airlines and countries asking their passengers and visitors for proof that they have had a negative COVID-19 test result in the 72 hours prior to their travel. Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the importance of reliable, accessible testing to screen for the Coronavirus disease has become increasingly apparent and that is why we at Newington Pharmacy are now offering COVID-19 Saliva PCR testing in Edinburugh!
What is a PCR Test?
PCR tests are designed to diagnose individuals with an active infection i.e. those currently infected with SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Unlike antibody-based tests which detect the presence of antibodies produced by the body’s immune system in response to the virus and indicate previous infection, PCR tests detect the virus’s genetic material – specifically RNA fragments – and are used to diagnose a current infection that may not be presenting symptoms yet. PCR tests give us a good indication of who is infected and who is not.
Who is the test for?
The COVID PCR tests are for people of all ages who are planning a holiday or need to travel abroad. Most travellers are now required to have a certificate/document to prove to airlines and countries they are visiting that they do not have an active COVID-19 infection. The test is not suitable for those who have COVID-19 like symptoms or for those who have had symptoms up to 28 days prior to the test – these people should follow all government guidance regarding self-isolation and testing.
As regulations might differ, depending on the destination or airline, please make sure that you check for the most up to date travel information. You can do this by speaking to your airline directly. To understand more about how testing in Scotland works simply click here.
Why take the Saliva PCR Test?
The COVID-19 Saliva PCR Test is now available to purchase from our pharmacy. Unlike the nasal swab test, the saliva specimen test is simple and more comfortable to take. All you have to do is spit in a sample tube, thus making the test a lot faster, easier and more comfortable to perform. The current process for this test can be found in the image below!
The Scottish Government Test and Protect scheme means we cannot conduct the PCR test in the clinic at the moment.
What we are doing, very successfully, is providing the test kit to the patient, and instructing them when to do the test, how to do the test properly, and how to get their results within the requirements of the country they may be travelling to if it is for travel. We have done this for 1000’s of patients over the past few weeks. Therefore you can be confident in doing the test at home!
Fill out our PCR Consultation Form to purchase and collect your COVID-19 Saliva PCR Testing in Edinburgh!
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