Frequently asked questions

How much does a Covid-19 test cost?

Lord’s Pharmacy is pleased to offer a complete range of Covid-19 tests. The prices for each test are:

All our tests are taken by our trained staff on-site and are the gold standard PCR test. (Except for the rapid antigen test)

How do I book a Covid-19 test?

Tests can be booked online. Select the Covid-19 test you require from the Book 19 Covid tests tab. You are then able to select an appointment time to visit our pharmacy for your test to be performed.

Can I change or cancel my test?

Please provide at least 24 hours notice for a request to change or cancel a booking.
You can email our staff at info@lordspharmacy.net or call 020 7586 9668 to make any changes or to request a refund.

Day 2 (Green List)

Travelers arriving in the UK from the Government’s green list countries do not need to self-isolate but are required to take a Day 2 PCR test. This needs to be taken on or before day 2 following your arrival. (Day 0 is the day you arrive in the UK). If this test is positive you will be required to self-isolate for ten days and your test will be sent for genome testing to check for variants.

Results are issued within 48 hours of receipt at the laboratory. (Lord’s Pharmacy are reliant on the laboratory processing times which occasionally where there is unprecedented demand cannot be guaranteed)

Day 2 and 8 (Amber List)

Currently, all international arrivals to England on the Government’s amber list need to self isolate for ten days and take a Covid-19 PCR on or before Day 2 of arrival (Day 0 is the day you arrive in the UK) and another test on or after day 8 of arrival.

If your Day 2 PCR test is positive you will be required to self-isolate for 10 days and your test will be sent for genome testing for variants.

When should I have my Day 2 and Day 8 international arrival tests?

Your Day 2 test must be taken between Day 0 and Day 2 of your quarantine (day 0 is the day you arrive in England). Your second test must be taken on after day 8 of arrival in the UK.
Example: If you arrive on Monday, your Day 2 test can be done on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Your Day 8 can be done on or after the following Tuesday.

Results are issued within 48 hours of receipt at the laboratory. (Lord’s Pharmacy are reliant on the laboratory processing times which occasionally where there is unprecedented demand cannot be guaranteed).

What is the Test To Release Scheme?

Test To Release is a government scheme to enable people arriving in the UK to reduce the amount of time for which they must self isolate. Lord’s Pharmacy is a private provider of Test To Release.

All international arrivals not on the Government’s green list will need to self isolate for 10 days. Travelers can shorten this time by getting a test that is performed after 5 complete days of isolation. On receipt of a negative test, result self-isolation can be stopped immediately.

For instance, if you arrive in the UK on Monday then Tuesday is your first full day in the UK and you can take the test on Saturday. Please ensure you select the Test to Release option on the booking page or it will not be accepted by the Government.

Results are issued within 24 hours of receipt at the laboratory and are often received by midnight on the day of taking the test. (Lord’s Pharmacy are reliant on the laboratory processing time which occasional where there is unprecedented demand cannot be guaranteed).

Test details and timings

All our tests are taken by our trained staff. PCR test requires a swab to be taken off the back of your throat and nose. It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.

When should I be tested if I need a negative result for my flight?

Different airlines and countries have different requirements regarding when a test must be taken. Many require a negative PCR test to be carried out no more than 72 hours before a flight. We advise you check the government’s foreign advice for your destination to establish their exact requirements.

What if I have symptoms of Covid-19?

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should not attend our pharmacy and you are asked to confirm this at the time of booking your appointment. Please contact the NHS and book a PCR test.

What type of PCT test do you offer?

The PCR test is a PHE-approved gold standard test. It is a SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) real-time swab. We are not aware of any countries not accepting this test for border entry. Please check the exact requirements before booking.

What identification do I need?

When attending your appointment if is preferable if you bring your passport with you or some photo identification. Your ID needs to match the name given on the booking form.

What is the difference between a PCT test and an antigen test?

A PCR is the gold standard test to determine if you currently have Covid-19. This test used by most countries for entry purposes.

An Antigen test, also called a rapid flow test is also used to check current infection. This has the advantage of being quicker and cheaper than a PC R test but can be less accurate at lower viral loads.

Some countries do accept an antigen test as a condition of entry but it is advisable to check the requirements of the country you are traveling to.

Can my child have a Covid-19 test?

We do carry out PCR tests on children but some staff may not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by a stranger. If this is the case staff will be able to assist and guide parents to take a swab from the child.

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