Rapid Antigen and PCR swab tests for travel and peace of mind

If you require a swab for travel purposes or peace of mind, please read the information below regarding the two types of swab test available.

Please note that we only carry out tests Monday to Friday, but results will still be emailed out at weekends.

Testing is carried out at our private drive through testing site near Bournemouth Airport at Unit 106, Viscount Road, Aviation Park West, Christchurch BH23 6NW. You can find directions to the site here.

Rapid Antigen swab test: £99

Some countries and airlines are now accepting the Rapid Antigen swab test for travel. (Please check with the airline and the destination country before requesting this type of test.)

The swab is carried out by a swab practitioner and the testing process is carried out on site. We then email you the result certificate the same day. Our rapid tests are made by the company SDbiosensor. They are WHO and Government recommended and have a specificity of 99.7% and sensitivity of 96.5%.

To make a booking, please fill in the form at the bottom of this page. A trained advisor will call you within 24 hours to work out the best time and date for you to have your swab. If you require an urgent booking, please call 01202 583920. (PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE BEFORE YOU CALL) as this will ensure a speedy and accurate booking process. Alternatively, please feel free to email us with any enquiries at admin@dorsetprivategp.co.uk

Standard PCR  swab test: £149 (or £179 for Friday tests)

Fast Track PCR swab test: £169 (or £199 for Friday tests)

We use the laboratory called Cellmark to process our swab tests from Mondays through to Fridays. The swab test is manufactured by VIASURE and these tests have been approved for use by the Department of Health. The test is CE IVD marked and certified to ISO 13485.

Once your swab is carried out by the swab practitioner at our drive through, the swab is then picked up at 6pm by a courier and driven to the laboratory. Your result’s document will then be emailed to our clinic between 24 and 48 hours later and we will email the results document to you as soon as possible.

Your result’s document will show the following;  The laboratory logo, name and contact details, our clinic name and address, your name and date of birth, the date and time the swab is taken, the date the laboratory finished processing the results, a unique lab reference number and a “Negative” or “Positive” result.

Result Turnaround Times for the Standard PCR test:

For standard swab tests carried out between Monday and Friday the results document will be emailed out between 24 and 48 hours later.  Results are normally emailed the next day in the late afternoon/evening, but they could be sent the morning after that. For example, if you have a test on a Wednesday, your results will be emailed the Thursday afternoon/evening or the Friday morning. (Please read the section on ‘Inconclusive/Invalid results’ as in rare circumstances this could cause a delay in receiving your results).

Result Turnaround Times for the Fast Track PCR Test:

If you only have a 48 hour window in which your results are valid, or you have an early morning flight, please request the Fast Track PCR Test. You will have an appointment between 8am and 11am (Monday to Friday) and your results are guaranteed to be emailed to you by midday the next day.

If you need to upload your results document to an organisation within 24 hours of a flight, or need to apply for a flight pass no less than 12 hours before a flight, we would also recommend you use the fast track service.

Tuesday Flights: If you only have a 48 or 72 hour window for the results, then we may not be able to get your results back to you in time for a Tuesday flight, especially if it is a morning or early afternoon flight. Please contact us with your flight time to see if we can help.

Friday Swabs: If you need to attend our drive through on a Friday for a swab test the cost is unfortunately higher. The laboratory arrange for staff to come in on a Saturday to process the results and this out of hours service increases the cost of the test.

Inconclusive or Invalid PCR results:

INCONCLUSIVE RESULT – If your swab test is analysed and comes out as inconclusive, then the laboratory will automatically carry out a re-test. A re-test will normally produce a successful result, but it could mean that you do not receive your results as quickly as you normally would.

INVALID RESULT – On very rare occasions, a person’s swab test will be tested twice and still have an inconclusive result. This is then classed as an invalid result and the only option is to have another swab test. Our nurses have carried out thousands of tests and there is an invalid rate of 0.2%.

Please do not eat anything or chew gum immediately before having your swab taken.

Before booking a PCR appointment, please ensure that you are happy with the following statements:

– I am aware of the results timescales as outlined above

– I am aware that Dorset Private GP uses a third-party company called Cellmark to analyse the swab samples. Cellmark are a reputable and long-standing laboratory, however, Dorset Private GP has no control over their turnaround time of the results if there was to be a disruption to the laboratory’s analytical hardware/software or staffing.

– I am aware there is a possibility I could get an inconclusive result (which will delay the result turnaround time) or an invalid result.

I am aware that any of the above statements could result in a delay in receiving my results and could disrupt my travel plans. I accept that Dorset Private GP will not be responsible or liable for any loss of money due to the change or cancellation of travel arrangements as a direct result of the Covid testing.

To make a booking, please fill in the form below. A trained advisor will call you within 24 hours to work out the best time and date for you to have your swab. If you require an urgent booking, please call 01202 583920. (PLEASE FILL IN THE FORM BELOW BEFORE YOU CALL) and this will ensure a speedy and accurate booking process. Alternatively, please feel free to email us with any enquiries at admin@dorsetprivategp.co.uk

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