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Covid-19 PCR Test

When you are worried you have Covid-19

You want trustworthy results as soon as possible. In the UK, there are two reliable tests to choose from, PCR Tests and Rapid Antigen Tests. The PCR Covid Screening test is the more sensitive of the two and is regarded as the gold standard in coronavirus testing.

Our Covid-19 PCR tests are carried out by

One of our experienced pharmacists. We aim to provide as comfortable an experience as possible, and to get your results back to you in a timely manner.

What is a PCR Test?

The PCR, or Polymerase Chain Reaction, test is an accurate and reliable test for detecting whether a person is currently infected with Covid-19. It’s the test that is used to record the number of cases in the UK.

During a PCR test, a healthcare professional will use a long flexible stick with a cotton bud swab at the end to collect a nasal or nasopharyngeal sample. This sample is then tested for the presence of the genetic material of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.

Unlike Rapid Antigen tests, you don’t need to have a high viral count for the test to determine if you have Covid-19 or not. The test is sensitive enough that in some cases it can detect trace amounts of the genetic material, indicating a previous Covid-19 infection within the prior 90 days. Also unlike Rapid Antigen tests, you generally don’t need to worry about receiving a false negative test result.

How to protect yourself and other

Book an appointment with one of our vaccine specialists.

Covid-19 PCR Tests Near Me

You are no longer able to get free at-home PCR tests via the NHS unless you meet certain criteria. The NHS may provide in-person Covid screening free of charge if you are a resident of the UK who is currently experiencing Covid-19 symptoms. To use this service, you will need to book the test directly with your GP or through an urgent appointment at the A&E. NHS 111 may also be able to point you in the right direction for getting Covid-19 tests.

When you book a private PCR Covid Test at one of Pearl Chemist’s locations like Tooting, Streatham, and Earlsfield, you will be able to pick a time that works for you. There are no waiting lists and you won’t need to spend hours on the phone trying to get an appointment. You also won’t be exposed to high traffic areas like GP surgery waiting rooms and busy A&E departments. This limits your exposure to others who may be sick and will help prevent the spread of the virus if you are infected.

Your Covid-19 test will take place in a private consultation room where we will perform the test and answer any of your questions. The process is simple, straightforward, and hassle-free with fast results. PCR tests from Pearl Chemist Group can be booked online through our website or over the phone.

Please note, it is not always necessary for you to book an appointment to have a Covid-19 test. If you are worried you are infected and do not want to book an appointment, simply visit your closest Pearl Chemist Group location and ask for a test. We will do our best to accommodate you as soon as we are able.

Fit to Fly

Many airlines and countries require that you provide proof of a negative PCR test before you are allowed onto the plane or before you are allowed into the country. Called a Fit to Fly certificate, this document shows airlines and border agents that you have recently tested negative via the most accurate Covid-19 test available.

Pearl Chemist can help you obtain a Fit-to-Fly certificate through our accredited PCR testing. Book an appointment online or contact us to arrange your test so that you won’t get caught out and end up missing your much anticipated travel.

PCR Covid-19 tests are ideal for those who need the most accurate results so that they can travel, return to work, or visit vulnerable relatives with peace of mind. Pearl Chemist Group offers fast and reliable Covid-19 PCR Tests in the UK. With several locations throughout South West London, it couldn’t be easier to get a test at a time and place to suit your busy schedule. Visit our website, book an appointment online, or contact us to find out more about Covid-19 testing from Pearl Chemist Group.

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