COVID-19 (also known as the “Coronavirus”) is caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and is detected by swabs taken from the throat of the patient.
To reliably detect an ongoing infection the laboratory will perform a molecular test to detect the presence or absence of the virus using a method called “real-time reverse- transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction” commonly known as RT-PCR. This method is currently the only reliable way to detect an ongoing infection.
Since Coronaviruses are RNA viruses a conversion step is required to first convert the viral RNA into DNA. The DNA is then copied many times and detected using fluorescent substances.
Our tests are performed in an accredited laboratory and are different from the rapid tests offered which provide instant results.
The tests that offer instant results are not recommended by the UK authorities.