COVID-19 Coronavirus testing-Fully Approved

We can offer two types of COVID 19 swab tests- please let us know which suits you and we can book you in:

1. Same day 15 minute Covid swab test-this is a throat and nose swab test for antigen. The cost of this test is £180. This is suitable for those who need to rule out current Covid infection or need this test to work or perform in the UK. This test correlates very well with the PCR test (see below)


2. PCR test for those travelling abroad – The turnaround time for results of the Covid PCR swab test is 2 days.
Most airlines and immigration services prefer PCR tests although the rapid test (above) is becoming more acceptable.
We advise that you have the PCR test 3 days prior to travelling, to be on the safe side. The cost of the PCR test is £250

If you are in a hurry to travel you may choose the 15 minute test but be aware that this is not a PCR test

Certificates and fit to fly letters can be issued by our doctors after either test if required. 

Home PCR tests are available for those with symptoms or recent contact with Covid19.




While samedaydoctor makes every effort to get results within 2-3 days of being received at the independent laboratory, sometimes this is not possible for operational reasons at the laboratory itself.  Samedaydoctor cannot be held responsible for any disrupted travel plans at this very challenging time.  Refunds are given for cancelled tests but we may charge a small administration fee.



Tests are done in our clinic which produces much faster results than using a postal system.

Our coronavirus antibody tests are available as an Abbott laboratory test with blood draw from the arm (not fingerprick) with a result in 24 hours. All tests used have a CE mark and are approved by Public Health England

For the Abbott laboratory test the specificity is 100% and sensitivity 97.7%.  This is the most accurate test currently available in the UK and it has been approved for use by the NHS.  The cost of the blood test including full consultation and certificate is £190.

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An independent review of our clinic testing programme was published in the Daily Mail see link




About Dr Gerlis

Dr Laurence Gerlis qualified with double First Class Honours from Clare College Cambridge where he was a scholar and William Butler prize winner - he was a Price scholar at the Royal London Hospital. He was responsible for the first-ever worldwide approval of human insulin for use in patients. Dr Gerlis is a Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and holds the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM).

Dr Gerlis

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