Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Testing – Day 2 & Day 8 

  • Government approved
  • Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this and the UKAS accreditation are provided when you receive a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test certificate. 
  • It’s now a legal requirement for all international arrivals to have a PCR Swab Test on Day 2 & Day 8 of their arrival into the UK.

  • When booking please select the Covid-19 Swab Test – Day 2 & Covid-19 Swab Test – Day 8 so that that the correct documentation can be processed with your result. Book your appointment online here.

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    FAQs on The Whitehall Clinic Covid-19 testing services

    What are the different Covid-19 Tests?

    There are four types of tests for Covid-19 available at The Whitehall Clinic. 

    • Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (for travel)

    Testing for travel requirements. This test looks for the presence of virus in your nose (a nasopharyngeal swab). Please note, we do not test patients with symptoms. 

    • Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (test to release)

    Testing as part of the government test to release scheme to reduce the isolation period. This test looks for the presence of virus in your nose (a nasopharyngeal swab). Please note, we do not test patients with symptoms. 

    • Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (Day 2 & Day 8)

    Testing as part of the government Day 2 and Day 8 required testing for international travellers returning to the UK. This test looks for the presence of virus in your nose (a nasopharyngeal swab). Please note, we do not test patients with symptoms. 

    • Covid-19 IgG Antibody Blood Test

    An antibody blood test for previous infection. The venous blood (blood from a vein) sample is sent to the laboratory and results are available the next day. 

    • Covid-19 IgG & IgM Antibody Blood Test

    A finger-prick blood test for previous infection. The results for this test are available immediately. 

    Do you test patients with symptoms?

    We do not test patients with current Covid-19 symptoms. Please visit an NHS testing centre. 

    Is your laboratory ISO 15189 accredited?

    Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this and the UKAS accreditation are provided when you receive a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test certificate. 

    How do I get my booking reference number for my day 2 and day 8 travel tests?

    Once you have booked your day 2 and day 8 travel tests online, you will receive an email confirmation for each of your test appointments. Please reply to these emails and our team will send your booking reference numbers to complete your passenger locator form . Please note we do not issue reference numbers over the phone. We aim to reply to all emails within the hour.

    Do you provide a QR code on the results?

    Yes, all of our results have a QR Code on the certification which is valid for the day of the test. The QR code has been on our certificates from 05.03.2021.

    Do you arrange home visits or postal kits for Covid -19 testing?

    We do not offer home visits or postal kits for Covid-19 testing. Our clinic in central Leeds is where our trained staff will perform your swab 7 days a week. Our clinic has dedicated couriers to transport swab samples to our laboratory partners throughout the day. We would advise against postal kits due to well documented issues about receiving your testing kits and also the delay in getting your results. 

    We will email your results and documents the next day, with our aim to have all results and necessary documents shared by midday the day after your test. This service is the same on the weekend and holidays.

    For our larger corporate clients we can arrange workplace testing for both the swab and blood tests, in accordance with the latest infection control and PPE guidance.

    How reliable is the Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test?

    The swab tests for the presence of Coronavirus itself and can detect infection even if there are no obvious symptoms (78% of cases of Covid-19 are asymptomatic) It is the most reliable indicator of current infection.

    The scientific consensus is that the virus can stay in your nose and throat for 14 days but it can be shorter or longer in some people. Therefore, a negative result may also mean the virus was not in your nose and throat when the test was done, or the swab test was not correctly done. 

    If the nasopharyngeal swab is taken correctly you will get an accurate and reliable result. We have fully trained Health Care Practitioners to carry out tests at our clinic or your workplace under safe conditions to ensure the best sampling, resulting in more accurate tests. We have carried out over 10,000 Covid-19 PCR Swab Tests.

    • Interpreting the result of a test for Covid-19 depends on two things: the accuracy of the test, and the pre-test probability or estimated risk of disease before testing. Our clinic always screens our clients for symptoms prior to any antigen test.
    • A positive RT-PCR test for Covid-19 test has more weight than a negative test because of the test’s high specificity but moderate sensitivity
    • A single negative Covid-19 test should not be used as a rule-out in patients with strongly suggestive symptoms
    • At The Whitehall Clinic we always share information with patients about the accuracy of our Covid-19 tests
    • No test gives a 100% accurate result

    Specificity for detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection: Specificity is the proportion of patients without disease who have a negative test or true negative rate 100%

    Sensitivity for detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection: Sensitivity is the proportion of patients with disease who have a positive test or the true positive rate 98%

    Is the Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test safe for adults?

    The swab is soft-tipped and taken from the back of the nose. It is a routine test that is performed to diagnose other infections. This test is considered to be safe, regardless of your medical history. Click here for a video on how we obtain a nasopharyngeal swab specimen. You will spend less than 10 minutes in our clinic to have your test done.

    How do I find out my test results?

    We will email your results and a detailed explanation the day after your appointment. Please check your junk/spam folders before contacting us regarding your results.

    All positive swab results will also receive a phone call from a member of our medical team.

    As Covid-19 infection is a notifiable illness, the lab will also inform Public Health England if the result of your Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test is positive.

    Information for authorities & airlines
    Following the recent worrying issue with fraudulent Covid-19 Travel Tests and to ensure the integrity of documents along with the urgent need to control the pandemic, our IT and governance team at The Whitehall Clinic working in partnership with our laboratories, have put the following checks in place. We hope this results in safe travelling for all concerned.
    All our patients receive a password protected (their Date of Birth) certificate and lab results from and a text from the following number +44033228798 informing them that their results have been emailed. Please check this as proof in the first instance. If you need further assurance please ring our 24 hour Certificate verification line on 0113 833 4900.
    • All our certificates will have a QR code that is valid for the day of the test.  
    • We only do the RT-PCR swab test and use only accredited UKAS laboratories.
    • ID verification is done at the time of the swab test using a valid UK Driving Licence / Passport.
    • All of our swabs are administered by trained professionals, we do not do self swabs.
    • We do not offer a click and collect / postal swab service.
    What happens if my swab test is positive for Covid-19?

    If your test is confirmed as positive we will arrange a remote consultation with a member of our medical team. Our team have been working on the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic and are all GMC registered doctors.

    In the majority of cases you can self-manage your symptoms without complications, self-isolating at home and using

    What is your cancellation/refund policy?

    Please note following DHSC guidance, if an international arrival requests a refund for their Day 2 and 8 tests after they have entered England where there is no issue with the testing service, they may be committing a criminal offence by refusing to take the supplied tests in accordance with the law. Therefore, please note for Day 2 and Day 8 tests, The Whitehall Clinic, has no legal obligation to provide a refund. At The Whitehall Clinic as we do not offer a postal service we do not experience issues with our testing services.

    What if I need to reschedule my test?

    We can reschedule appointments only if there is capacity available in our booking system. Please email our bookings team – stating your name, email address and appointment date and time.

    Terms & Conditions


    Our testing is not taking vital resources away from the NHS and is fully in line with Public Health England’s (PHE) approach. The best way to overcome the coronavirus is to continue testing and surveillance hence our private programme. 

    The tests are approved by PHE & MHRA and are fully compliant with government guidelines. Swabs are analysed by our accredited laboratory partner. To contribute with PHE and national testing statistics, our diagnostic partner shares all Covid-19 Antigen test positive results.

    We privately courier all swabs to the laboratory in a timely manner 7 days a week. We always share results as soon as possible when they have been returned from the laboratory.
    There may be delays in the stated turnaround time due to laboratory issues. The Whitehall Clinic is not legally liable for any delay as a result. We do work closely with our laboratory partner to minimise delays, and always liaise with our patients on these occasions.
    The Whitehall Clinic can not be held responsible for any errors when booking your appointment that lead to a delay in processing your results and documentation . We ask when booking online to please take care to ensure your correct bio-data , contact details and appointment time/date  are entered.
    Please note that your swab can be  taken by any member of our team, all of whom are fully trained and experienced in nasopharyngeal swab testing. This ensures that there are minimal delays in appointment times and to ensure that our patients are not kept waiting.
    By completing a booking you accept all the above and our refund and cancellation policy.

    As a clinic we always take our staff and clients safety seriously. All our sample takers are fully trained and adhere to strict Personal Protective Equipment and Infection Control Guidance. We strive that your clinic appointment will be on time in order to minimize your time in the clinic.