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Private COVID-19 testing for test and release purposes reduces your mandatory self-isolation period on return to the UK.
Summerfield Healthcare is an accredited healthcare provider offering Test to Release COVID tests for only £149.
Anyone arriving in England from outside the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man is required to self-isolate for 10 days before returning to work or other everyday activities outside the home. This is to reduce the chance of infection from other countries but can be difficult for people who need to return to work or who live alone and need to be able to leave the house for various reasons.
The COVID-19 Test to Release scheme allows you to pay for a private COVID-19 test to release test after only 5 days of self-isolation instead of 10. If the test result is negative, you are then able to stop self-isolating.
The scheme is voluntary, but if you choose to take advantage of it, you need to use an approved test kit through an approved private healthcare provider. These tests are not available through the NHS or at walk-in test centres. You will also need to opt into the scheme on your passenger locator form.
*isolation ends early subject to ‘negative’ result.
Please note Royal Mail have advised of postal delays due to increased volumes, by ordering your kit you acknowledge that we cannot be held responsible for this. We instead recommend booking a slot at our drive in clinics and choosing the courier option.
*isolation ends early subject to ‘negative’ result.
PCR testing detects whether you have the COVID-19 coronavirus and allows you to be exempt from self isolation subject to a ‘negative’ result. Test to Release requires you to have a PCR test and not a lateral flow test as the PCR test is more reliable. PCR tests cannot be completed at home, however, and your results will need to be processed by laboratory technicians.
The simple to administer, and accurate, test can be posted to you or undertaken at our clinics in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton and we courier your test to the lab the same day.
There is no symptom questionnaire to complete and you may self-refer for a test.
The test itself is a swab test and if you choose to use a postal test you will need to take the swab yourself, fill in your details, and return the swab to us for testing. Return postage is included in the price.
Tests purchased from us have no impact on the availability to NHS workers. All costs associated with providing this service are fairly reflected in our fees and is in no way funded by the government.
Yes- Summerfield Healthcare and the UKAS accredited laboratory we use for testing are included on the ‘test to release’ scheme which means if you have a test on the 5th day after you have returned to UK from a country not on the travel corridor list, and return a negative result, you no longer need to self isolate. You can see the list here:
You can book an appointment for a COVID-19 test at our Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton clinics or get a kit posted to you.
It is important that you only use accredited Healthcare providers for your test to release covid test. If your test is not from a provider on the “test to release” scheme then your result, even a negative one, will not be valid towards ending isolation early.
Your result will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your sample being analysed at the laboratory (lab is closed on Sundays).
Depending on how you choose to take and send the test, the actual date of return may vary. We can organise same day courier service for all patients using the drive through option for £50. This service is only available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
Please also be aware that you are only allowed to take the test after 5 days of self-isolation, so you cannot anticipate how long the test results will take in order to stop self-isolating on day 5. You must wait the full 5 days before taking your test. For example, if you arrive back in England on a Monday, you will only be able to take the test on the Saturday once you have been back in the country for a full 5 days.
Or order a kit by post and send your swab to the lab.
3. Receive your results by email within 24 hours of receipt at the lab.
4. Print your test result, if ‘negative’ you can end your self isolation period.
Although self-isolating requires you to stay at home, the government has put exceptions in place to allow you to travel to post your test results or to travel directly to and from a clinic for testing.
All instructions are included in your kit and are clear and easy to follow. The test is a swab test and you will need to take this swab yourself, either in your car or at home.
Summerfield Healthcare is regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is permitted to provide this testing under its registered services.
Testing for the active virus is 100% accurate, on correct collection of the sample.
If a test is done incorrectly then you may get an invalid result. You should make sure you follow the instructions with the kit as carefully as possible to avoid an invalid result. If your results are invalid you will still need to self-isolate for the full 10 days unless you take another PCR test to release covid test and receive a negative result.
For further advice for what to do if you are infected, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/. If you are feeling unwell please visit: https://111.nhs.uk/service/COVID-19/
If you receive a negative result, that means you do not have the active virus, if you are currently self-isolating you no longer need to isolate.
Summerfield Healthcare use a lab included in the ‘Test and Release’ scheme, so from 15th December 2020 if you return from a country not on the travel corridor list, you can have a test from the 5th day after you return to the UK and no longer self-isolate if you have a negative test result. You should print your result certificate as proof and in case you need to present it at work or to any authorities.
If you receive a positive result then it means you are currently infected with the Coronavirus. You should:
If your test returns an “unclear” result it means that the result is invalid and there may have been a problem with your sample. You will need to continue isolating for the full 10 days if you receive an “unclear” result.
We are specialists in assisting companies facilitate large volume testing either for entire workforces or for projects/teams.
If you would like to discuss discounts and how we can assist your company with your testing needs, please contact us at [email protected]
Although Summerfield Healthcare is a private practice our fees are low cost and structured with you in mind. Initial consultation fees are listed below:
Available in Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton
Couriered straight to laboratory same day.
Dr Sundeep Sidhu is a GP with professional interests in all aspects of women’s health. She completed her GP training at the Oxford Deanery and also gained a diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
General Practitioner / Medical Director
Dr Vivake Roddah is a GP with professional interests in Dermatology, Minor surgery and Occupational Medicine. He completed his GP training in the Oxford Deanery and has had the opportunity of working with patients from many different backgrounds.