Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Testing – Day 2 & Day 8
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- Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this 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 on arrival, some arrivals also may need a Day 8 Test.
- When booking please select the Covid-19 Swab Test – (Day 2 & 8 Bundle). Book the Date & Time for your Day 2 Test and then call/email us to book your Day 8 Test. so that that the correct documentation can be processed with your result. Book your appointment online here.
From 17.05.2021 onwards, the rules for passengers entering the UK from abroad are changing. What you need to do depends on the country you have been in 10 days prior to your arrival. If you have been in a country on the:
- Green List – You must take a Covid-19 Swab Test on Day 2
- Amber List – You must quarantine in the place you are staying, taking a Covid-19 Swab Test on Day 2 & Day 8. You can finish quarantine early if you have a Test to Release on Day 5.
- Red List – you must quarantine in a hotel and take two Covid-19 Swab Tests, on Day 2 & Day 8.
FAQs on The Whitehall Clinic Covid-19 testing services
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.
We do not test patients with current Covid-19 symptoms. Please visit an NHS testing centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes according to the government guidance you may leave the house for your test. Please follow the advice on how to travel when quarantining.
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%
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.
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.
- 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.
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 https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
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.
We can reschedule appointments only if there is capacity available in our booking system. Please email our bookings team – email@example.com stating your name, email address and appointment date and time.
The team gave us a lot of assistance and on the day the reporting and testing was done very professionally. I can definitely recommend Whitehall Clinic.
The medic was very professional and caring and the test was carried out relatively painlessly and I had my results back within 23 hours. Very good service and i would recommend
This clinic is definitely five star service my husband travels a great deal with his work and has had many PCR tests. This clinic is absolutely the best professional the staff are friendly informative and the test is done by a professional I would highly recommend this clinic 100% my husband has nothing but praise for them.
Very accommodating regarding times. Arrived early but only waited 3 minutes before being shown in. Dr. Khan managed to be both efficient and proficient at the same time as being very convivial. He was also very informative and helpful.
I had my whole wedding party of 20+ come here for our pcr test and fit to fly certificate for Cyprus September 2020. I can not recommend them enough, they were absolutely fantastic very efficient very helpful and we will be certainly using them again in the future. Thank you so much 😊
Excellent service from making the appointment to attending. Results were emailed to me the same day. The staff were efficient and friendly and Dr Khan was extremely helpful in advising us of the correct test we needed. After hearing about other test centres that failed to submit the tests on time I would not hesitate to recommend this clinic.
I have received one of the best customer service ever. Great team that understand your circumstans and they will try to help you as much as they can. 5 star service even on the weekends. I highly recommend this clinic.
We booked our COVID test to obtain a fly safe certificate. We arrived a few minutes before the appointment and were seen at our appointment time. The doctor who performed the test was very reassuring and confident. I received my results back 25 hours after the test, however there was a bit of stress as my husband didn't get his for another 3 hours after me. However we both got our results back in plenty of time to get the fly safe certificate and we are now very much looking forward to our holiday
Excellent service from start to finish. Very flexible times for appointment had my Covid test on Wednesday evening at 6pm got my results 10pm Thursday. Very impressed. All staff were welcoming very professional and Efficient would highly recommend.
Needed a RT-PCR Covid -19 Test and lab results, along with a Fit-to-Fly certificate at the last minute. Spoke with one of the Clinic Partners, Practice Manager, Reception and of course the Doctor - throughout the whole process from start to finish. Everyone was fantastic, knew the answers and gave me the assurances I needed. Having already spoken to several other clinics, it was clear Whitehall were at the top of their game. Truly excellent throughout, would highly recommend and thank you once again.
Whitehall Clinic is professional, efficient, personal and friendly. The treatment provided for myself and my wife was nothing short of excellent and we are extremely grateful to the chief medical director for his selfless dedication to our problems. There was a happy outcome for us only because of his efforts, over and beyond the call of duty.
Really fantastic service here. I can’t recommend them enough. Staff were brilliant. Test results took less than 24 hours.
Brilliant service, super easy and friendly. Got my PCR test done and got my results after exactly 24 hours. It might be slightly on the expensive side, but it's definitely worth it. Would recommend 👌
Went for a COVID-19 antibody test. Excellent experience. Seen on time, test done efficiently and results received the next day as promised. Highly recommended.
During the test, the doctor explained the process well and did it efficiently and was very kind as I was nervous. Really good experience.
The premises are excellent. The test was performed on time and the results were received by email the next day.
Amazing turnaround times! Literally dropped in 24 hours ago for a swab test (PCR) and received my results along with a fit to fly test the next day! Fantastic service.
Absolutely a first class experience. Brilliant communication and customer service. Took all the drama out of Fit to Fly requirements. Exceeded their promise and timescales. Highly recommend and thank you.
Fantastic service, I was early and they saw me right away, everyone was very friendly and efficient. I had a covid pcr test, it was quick and easy and I got my results back literally after midnight that same day and considering I got my test done on a Sunday that's pretty impressive. Can't recommend them enough. Thanks so much.
Quick, efficient and a most brilliant and helpful and kind lady on the phone. More expensive than other some tests, but your receptionist is wonderful. It is so reassuring to speak to a human being.... plus I was sent my results in under 24 hours.
Excellent Customer Services. Professional & State of the Art Medical Clinic with Amazing Turnround Times - Good Job Thank You.
My covid testing for international travel was hassle free at Whitehall! Got my results in less than 24 hours. Clinic is easily accessible from the train station and top notch service.
A thoroughly professional and friendly clinic. Everything felt right about it. And test results which were promised within 48 hours came through in 7 hours. I would definitely use Whitehall clinic again.
Straight forward online booking system. Central leeds, easy to find with nearby parking. Really friendly & helpful staff. Very professional set up. Results emailed within 24hrs. Couldn’t recommend Whitehall clinic enough.
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.
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.