Covid-19 RT-PCR Home Test Kit in partnership with HCA Laboratories
WHAT IS THE COVID-19 TEST KIT AND WHY DO I NEED ONE
The coronavirus (COVID-19) swab test kit is a simple test that can be used at home to determine if you have COVID-19. These tests are the same as those used by the NHS. The test comes with everything you need to collect your sample. In your test kit, you will be provided with a swab that you'll use to collect a sample from your mouth and nose. This sample is then sent to our partner laboratory, where signs of the virus’ genetic material can be detected.
- 1 plastic tube with patient details
- 1 dry swab
- 1 sealable plastic bag
- 1 biohazard bag with silver seal
- Royal mail pre-paid return box to the Laboratories
HOW TO TAKE THE TEST
1. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds using soap and water, and unpack your kit on a clean and dry surface.
2. Blow your nose gently and cough into a tissue, then throw the tissue away in a bin.
3. Open the swab package and remove the swab. Be careful not to touch the soft end of the swab on anything except for your tonsils or nose when completing the test.
4. Complete the throat swab. Holding the swab in your hand, open your mouth and gently rub the swab over your tonsils and back of your throat for 10 seconds.
5. Complete the nasal swab. Place the same end of the same swab gently into your nostril approximately 1 inch (2.5cm), or until you feel resistance. Rotate the swab for 15 seconds and slowly remove it
6. Place the swab in the plastic vial with the fabric tip facing down. Snap off the other end of the swab so that it fits into the vial.
RETURNING THE SAMPLE
1. Please check that a laboratory barcode label is stuck to your test vial.
2. Place the plastic vial into the sealable plastic bag.
3. Place the plastic bag inside of the biohazard bag.
4. Seal the biohazard bag.
5. Place the sealed biohazard bag into the return box and close it securely. If you have any available, wipe the box down with an antiseptic wipe.
6. As soon as possible, place your sample in the nearest post box.
It can help you to isolate infected people and contain the outbreak, and prevent it spreading amongst your workforce. Ongoing regular RT-PCR testing can help to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 and ensure people self isolate if they test positive, and can ensure the ongoing health of your staff.