We at Newington Pharmacy now offer COVID-19 testing for patients. To understand more about how testing in Scotland works, please click here.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, the government have the power to instruct you into isolation, which you can’t get out of, even if you have/are tested “negative”. However, you can only get a test free if you have symptoms. This could mean individuals who feel fine (20% of SARS-CoV-2 infections are asymptomatic) still must self-isolate for 14 days.
However, private PCR testing will not automatically exempt someone from quarantine. For more info on this, please call our dedicated PCR Testing Hotline on 0800 7022638 SMS text us now for more information 07796766649.
People looking to travel to countries outside of the “air bridge” agreement with the UK, may be requested to have proof of a negative Covid 19 PCR test within a certain number of days upon arrival.
The Randox COVID-19 Home Test Kit uses Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) technologies.
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.
The sampling process is simple and takes just a few minutes. Each kit contains a swab and sample collection tube. PCR test results can be back within 12 – 36 hours in some circumstances.
— Holding the swab in your dominant hand, gently rub the swab over both tonsils and the back of the throat, taking care not to touch your tongue, teeth or gums.
— Remove the swab from your mouth and gently insert into the nostril about 1 inch (2.5cm) or until some resistance is met.
— Rotate the swab 5 times against the nasal walls and repeat in the other nostril.
— Remove the swab from the nose and immediately place the swab into the collection tube, taking care not to touch any other surfaces.
— Your sample should be posted following the instructions provided.
Upon receipt of your test kit, it is essential you register your URN (Unique Reference Number) on the Randox Health website. Your test results will be emailed to you, using the email address provided during the registration process. The test is extremely accurate.
The Randox COVID-19 test recently underwent evaluation from and has been accepted by Public Health England. In its evaluation of the test, Public Health England’s report noted that the assay correctly identified all positive and negative samples without exception.
The test is also being used within the UK Government’s national COVID-19 testing programme.
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.
Randox laboratories are based in Glasgow and Ireland and have been extremely helpful and fast with results, some which have been within 12h of receipt of the sample. Randox laboratories are globally recognised and the certificate they issue is accepted by all countries and airlines.