HCA STAFF COVID-19 RT PCR TESTING
‣ Home test kit to detect the presence of the Covid-19 virus
‣ Simple and gentle lower nasal and throat swab
‣ Convenient Royal Mail pre-paid return included
‣ Results typically within 48 hours after receiving the swab at the lab
‣ 1 plastic tube (vial) with patient detail label attached‣ 1 dry swab
‣ 1 sealable plastic bag
‣ 1 biohazard bag with silver seal
‣ 1 absorbent sheet
‣ 1 box and security seal
‣ 1 patient details form
‣ 1 booklet
‣ 1 Royal Mail pre-paid return envelope to HCA 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, then remove from the back of your throat. Looking in a mirror to help you do this. This may be uncomfortable and make you feel like gagging, but should not hurt. Do not touch your tongue, teeth, gums, or any household surfaces with the swab.
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. Using the same swab, repeat for the second nostril, trying not to touch anything but the inside of the nose. This may be uncomfortable. Do not insert the swab further if you feel strong resistance or pain.
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. Place the lid back on the vial and ensure it is fastened.
RETURNING THE SAMPLE
1. Please check that the patient details label is stuck to your test vial, and it has the correct full name and date of birth.
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. Please complete the patient details form, amend the date of collection, and sign it.
6. Place the sealed biohazard bag and the signed patient details form inside the box and seal it using the security seal. Place the box in the return envelope. If you have any available, wipedown the envelope with an antiseptic wipe.
As soon as possible, on the same day, place your sample in the nearest Royal Mail post box, for collection that day.