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Covid19 PCR Test , Rapid Antigen test (LFD test), Antibody test and Vaccines

Covid PCR Test

£95

Next day result

Covid Antigen Test

£60

10 min result

Covid Antibody Test

£100

Next day result

Covid Vaccine

Not available


Frequently Asked Questions


Covid19 Antigen Test
The results /Fit to Travel certificate for the Antigen test are available 10 minutes after the appointment. 

Covid19 PCR Test and Antibody Test
The results for the PCR and Antibody tests are available the next day.

Whilst every effort will be made, unfortunately we cannot offer a guarantee that the results will be back by a specific time, as the lab is a 3rd party business and we have no control over their schedule.

Having said that, so far this year our Lab has always been able to provide us with the results the next day. 100% success rate.

We will email you the results together with the fit to travel certificate.


Covid PCR test - SAMPLE RESULT  

Covid Antigen Result /  Fit to Fly certificate - SAMPLE RESULT

Up to date guidance can be found for each destination, including entry requirements by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully aware of the COVID-19 requirements of the country or region you are travelling to.

Yes.
We use TDL (The London Laboratory).
This lab process is accredited by UKAS and is ISO 17025 compliant.

Covid 19 PCR Test - £95
Covid 19 Antigen Test - £60
Covid 19 Antibody Test - £100
Covid19 Vaccine - Not available

• This service is not suitable for anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 or anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19. If you have any symptoms, please stay at home and follow UK government guidance

• Customers must bring their passport to the appointment to verify their identity, without this, the test will not be able to go ahead.

• If using this service to travel, the customer is responsible for checking the COVID-19 test requirements in accordance with the destination of travel.

• Whilst every effort will be made, we cannot guarantee results will be received the next day.
The lab is a 3rd party business and we have no control over their schedule.

• Due to the sensitivity of these tests, there is a very small chance the test result could be inconclusive. If your test result is inconclusive a full refund will be provided, and you will be invited to book another test within the time frame to suit you but this cannot be guaranteed. As you have been refunded for the first inconclusive test, you will be required to pay for the retest

• GP Matters will not be held liable for losses, costs, damage that you suffer or incur as a result of any delays in receiving the Covid19 test results or as a result of inconclusive test results

• GP Matters will also not be liable to you for any losses, costs or damages that you suffer or incur as a result of receiving a positive Covid19 test result (including, if you are unable to travel as a result of testing positive)

PCR Test Glasgow

Covid PCR Test Price

£95

Turnaround Time

Next day

Additional Information

PCR testing can detect whether a person has an active (current) Covid-19 infection.

The assay
Nasal/Throat swabs showing a minimum sensitivity of 98% and a specificity of 100%.

The Lab
We use TDL (The London Laboratory).
This lab process is accredited by UKAS and is ISO 15189 compliant.

Covid Antigen Test Price

£60

Turnaround Time

10 minutes

Additional Information

Rapid Lateral Flow test (LFD test) for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen in a Nasal Swab.

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PERFORMANCE CHARACTERISTICS
Relative Sensitivity: 96.1% (95%CI*:91.2%-98.7%)* Relative Specificity: 99.0% (95%CI*:97.5%-99.7%)* Relative accuracy: 98.3% (95%CI*:96.9%-99.2%)*
* Confidence Intervals

Covid Antibody Test Price

£100

Turnaround Time

Next Day

Additional Information

Antibody testing can detect whether a person has been infected previously or has a vaccine-induced immune response.

Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure, onset of symptoms or post-vaccination. The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 14 days, with the majority of cases manifesting with symptoms at 3–5 days.

For further information please visit our Laboratoty webpage (TDL):
https://www.tdlpathology.com/covid-19/covid-19-antibody-testing/


Covid Vaccine Price

N/A

Availability

The COVID vaccine is only available through the NHS.

For further information visit the NHS coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine webpage

Covid Vaccine

Not available

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Covid19 Information

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is an enveloped, positive-stranded RNA virus. Coronaviruses have a characteristic crown-like appearance under the electron microscope, so are named after the Latin word corona, meaning 'crown' or 'halo').

Several coronaviruses cause respiratory diseases in humans. These range from the common cold to serious diseases with high mortality rates such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), first detected in 2003, and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), first detected in 2003.

All SARS-CoV-2 isolated from humans to date are closely related genetically to coronaviruses isolated from bat populations; SARS-CoV, the cause of the SARS outbreak in 2003, is also closely related to coronaviruses isolated from bats. The published genetic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 isolated from human cases are, to date, all very similar. This suggests that the start of the outbreak resulted from a single point introduction in the human population around the time that the virus was first reported in humans in Wuhan, China.

The genome of COVID-19 is contained within the nucleocapsid which is surrounded by a envelope. The envelope is derived from the host cell's membrane and embedded within that membrane are glycoprotein spikes, known as S-proteins (surface proteins). It is these S-protein spikes that allow the cell to attach to a new cell and infect it.

The S-proteins allow the virus particles to bind to the cell by attachment to the ACE2 receptor. S-proteins contain an S1/S2 activation cleavage site that is activated by the serine endoprotease, furin. Furin autocleavage helps the S-protein's subunits to separate and allow for the virus to infect the host cell. The ACE2 receptor is present along multiple cell organs such as the heart, kidney, lungs, and is also being found in both the central and peripheral nervous system.

The physiochemical and thermal properties of the SARS-CoV-2 virion have been determined. SARS-CoV-2 can be inactivated by UV light or at a temperature of 56°C for 30 min. Disinfectants such as diethyl ether, 75% ethanol, chlorine, peracetic acid, and chloroform can inactivate the virion. The virus has the longest viability on stainless steel and plastic surfaces and can be detected up to 72 h after initial contact to these surfaces.


References
Fiani B, Covarrubias C, Desai A, Sekhon M, Jarrah R. A Contemporary Review of Neurological Sequelae of COVID-19. Front Neurol. 2020 Jun 23;11:640. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00640. PMID: 32655489; PMCID: PMC7324652. [Full text]

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronaviruses: General background.

WHO: Naming the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the virus that causes it.

WHO: Origin of SARS-CoV-2. 26 March 2020. [PDF]

The estimated reproduction number (R0) for SARS-CoV-2 ranges from 2.2 to 5.5, meaning one person can potentially transmit the disease to 5–6 people, making it highly transmissible.

Three main routes of transmission have been proposed:

The 'fomite' path, through touching a surface that contains the SARS-CoV-2 virus. That can transfer the virus onto your hand, and then you can infect yourself by touching your mouth, nostrils, or eyes.
The ‘large droplet’ or ‘ballistic droplet’ path. Droplets are particles of saliva or respiratory fluid (larger than about 100 μm, with 1 μm = a millionth of a meter) that are expelled from infected individuals when coughing, sneezing, and to a lesser extent, talking. They infect by impacting on the mouth, nostrils, or eyes. If they don’t hit someone, they fall to the ground in 1-2 m (3-6 ft).
The ‘aerosol’ path. Aerosols are smaller (less about 100 μm) particles of saliva or respiratory fluid. They can linger more in the air, from tens of seconds to hours, and can travel longer distances. They infect by being inhaled through the nose or mouth, or (less likely) by deposition on the eyes.
The relative importance of these modes of transmission is uncertain and open to debate

It is likely that some individuals are more contagious than others. This may be due to a higher viral load at the onset of symptoms, to higher emissions of respiratory particles, or (likely) to both. Viral RNA shedding is higher at the time of symptom onset and declines after days or weeks. The RNA of the virus has been identified in respiratory tract specimens 1-2 days before the onset of symptoms and it can persist for up to eight days in mild cases and for longer periods in more severe cases, peaking in the second week after infection.

Prolonged viral RNA shedding has been reported from nasopharyngeal swabs (up to 67 days among adult patients) and in faeces (more than one month after infection in paediatric patients). Infectious virus has been detected up to day eight post disease onset using cell culture based systems.

Late viral RNA clearance (≥15 days after illness onset), is associated with male sex, old age, hypertension, delayed admission to hospital, severe illness at admission, invasive mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroid treatment.

Seasonality
Human coronavirus infection rates show peaks in the winter months, similar to influenza and human respiratory syncytial viruses (RSV) and are therefore, according to their seasonality, classified as winter viruses. Low temperature and dry air impair and disrupt the integrity of the epithelial layer of the lungs, which might explain the winter seasonality of respiratory viruses.

Other factors that might contribute to transmission are increased indoor activities during the winter months, which increases susceptible host proximity. Such behavioural factors have been implicated in other winter viruses such as influenza. Whether SARS-CoV-2 will show similar seasonality remains to be seen.


References
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronaviruses: General background.

He, X., Lau, E.H.Y., Wu, P. et al. Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19. Nat Med 26, 672–675 (2020). [Abstract]

Marr L, et al. FAQs on Protecting Yourself from Aerosol Transmission. Version: 1.78, 1-Oct-2020.

Ma J, et al. COVID-19 patients in earlier stages exhaled millions of SARS-CoV-2 per hour, Clinical Infectious Diseases, , ciaa1283.

CDC. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). People with Certain Medical Conditions. Accessed 5 October 2020.

Current estimates suggest a median incubation period from five to six days for COVID-19, with a range from two to up to 14 days. Modelling studies suggest that the incubation period can be from 2.3 days (95% CI, 0.8–3.0 days) before symptom onset and up to 14 days, although incubation periods beyond 10 days are thought to be rare.

In terms of viral load profile, SARS-CoV-2 is similar to that of influenza, which peaks at around the time of symptom onset, but contrasts with that of SARS-CoV, which peaks at around 10 days after symptom onset, and that of MERS-CoV which peaks at the second week after symptom onset. Older age has also been associated with higher viral loads. The high viral load close to symptom onset suggests that SARS-CoV-2 can be easily transmissible at an early stage of infection.

A study from China that clearly and appropriately defined asymptomatic infections suggests that the proportion of infected people who never developed symptoms was 23%.

Presenting signs and symptoms of COVID-19 vary. Most people experience:

fever (83–99%),
cough (59–82%),
fatigue (44–70%),
anorexia (40–84%),
shortness of breath (31–40%),
myalgias (11–35%).
Other non-specific symptoms, such as sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, have also been reported. Loss of smell (anosmia) or loss of taste (ageusia) preceding the onset of respiratory symptoms has also been reported.

Older people and immunosuppressed patients in particular may present with atypical
symptoms such as fatigue, reduced alertness, reduced mobility, diarrhoea, loss of appetite,
delirium, and absence of fever.

Symptoms such as dyspnoea, fever, gastrointestinal symptoms or fatigue due to
physiologic adaptations in pregnant women, adverse pregnancy events, or other diseases
such as malaria, may overlap with symptoms of COVID-19.


Children
COVID-19, like SARS and MERS, is observed less frequently in children, who tend to present with milder symptoms and have a better overall outcome than adults. The most commonly reported symptoms in children are fever and cough. Other symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms, sore throat/pharyngitis, shortness of breath, myalgia, rhinorrhoea/nasal congestion and headache, with varying prevalence among different studies. Asymptomatic infections in children have been reported.

Severe or critical illness has been reported among 2.5% to 5% of paediatric cases from China. Pre-existing medical conditions have been suggested as a risk factor for severe disease and ICU admission in children and adolescents


Pregnant women and neonates
Clinical manifestations in pregnant women are predominantly mild, with few reports of severe disease and fatal outcomes.

Underlying health conditions among severe cases
Underlying health conditions reported among patients with COVID-19 and admitted to ICU include hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, immune compromised status, cancer and obesity.

Elderly residents of long-term care facilities and nursing homes
A high proportion of long-term care facilities (LTCF) and nursing homes across Europe and the world have been severely affected by COVID-19. High morbidity and mortality in residents as well as high rates of staff absence due to SARS-CoV-2 infections have been observed.

Healthcare workers
Healthcare workers (HCW) are at high risk of COVID-19 infection because of more frequent exposure to COVID-19 cases and may contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in healthcare institutions. A recent study in the United Kingdom and the US estimated that frontline healthcare workers had a 3.4-fold higher risk than people living in the general community for reporting a positive test, adjusting for the likelihood of receiving a test. In addition, exposure to higher virus concentrations, especially from severely ill patients, may influence disease severity.


References
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronavirus: Epidemiology of COVID-19.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronavirus: Infection. Accessed 6 October 2020.

Wang Y, Tong J, Qin Y, Xie T, Li J, Li J, et al. Characterization of an asymptomatic cohort of SARS-COV-2 infected individuals outside of Wuhan, China. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa629.

World Health Organisation. Clinical management of COVID-19. May 2020. https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/clinical-management-of-covid-19

Nguyen LH, Drew DA, Joshi AD, Guo C-G, Ma W, Mehta RS, et al. Risk of COVID-19 among frontline healthcare workers and the general community: a prospective cohort study. medRxiv. 2020:2020.04.29.20084111.



The immune response to SARS-CoV-2 involves both cell-mediated immunity and antibody production.


Cell-mediated immune response

T-cell responses against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein have been characterised and correlate well with IgG and IgA antibody titres in COVID-19 patients. It is currently unknown whether antibody responses or T-cell responses in infected people confer protective immunity, and if so, how strong a response is needed for this to occur.

CD8+ T cells are the main inflammatory cells and play a vital role in virus clearance. Total lymphocytes, CD4+ T cells, CD8+ T cells, B cells, and natural killer cells show a significant association with inflammatory status in COVID-19, especially CD8+ T cells and CD4+/CD8+ ratio. Decreased absolute numbers of T lymphocytes, CD4+ T cells, and CD8+ T cells were observed in both mild cases and severe cases, but accentuated in the severe cases. In multivariate analysis, post-treatment decrease in CD8+ T cells and B cells and increase in CD4+/CD8+ ratio were indicated as independent predictors of poor treatment outcome. The expression of IFN-γ by CD4+ T cells also tends to be lower in severe cases than in moderate cases.


Antibody-mediated immune response and protective immunity

The detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 does not indicate directly protective immunity and correlates of protection for COVID-19 have not yet been established.

Most people infected with SARS-CoV-2 display an antibody response between day 10 and day 21 after infection. Detection in mild cases can take longer (four weeks or more) and, in a small number of cases, antibodies (IgM, IgG) are not detected at all (at least during the studies’ time scale).

Based on the currently available data, the IgM and IgG antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 develop between 6–15 days post disease onset. A study in China showed a median seroconversion time for total antibodies, IgM and then IgG of day-11, day-12 and day-14 post symptom onset, respectively. The presence of antibodies was detected in <40% among patients within 1 week from onset, and rapidly increased to 100% (total antibodies), 94.3% (IgM) and 79.8% (IgG) from day-15 after onset.

The longevity of the antibody response is still unknown.


References
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronavirus: Immune responses and immunity to SARS-CoV-2. Accessed 6 October 2020.
Zhao J, et al. Antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 in patients of novel coronavirus disease 2019. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 28:ciaa344. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciaa344. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32221519; PMCID: PMC7184337.
Wang F, Nie J, Wang H, Zhao Q, Xiong Y, Deng L, et al. Characteristics of Peripheral Lymphocyte Subset Alteration in COVID-19 Pneumonia. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2020.
Chen G, Wu D, Guo W, Cao Y, Huang D, Wang H, et al. Clinical and immunological features of severe and moderate coronavirus disease 2019. The Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2020 04/13/;130(5).

Standard confirmation of acute SARS-CoV-2 infections is based on the detection of unique viral sequences by nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The assays’ targets include regions of the E, RdRP, N and S genes. PCR is the current “Gold Standard” test for the detection of SARS-Cov-2.

Using nasal/throat swabs, samples are collected from symptomatic patients between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms. Respiratory secretions may be quite variable in composition, however, and the adequacy of sampling efforts may also vary. This can occasionally result in negative PCR results. In patients for whom SARS-CoV-2 infection is strongly suspected and upper respiratory tract swabs are negative, viral RNA may be detected in lower respiratory tract secretions, such as sputum or bronchoalveolar lavage.

Detection of viral RNA by PCR may not equate with infectivity. Infectious virus particles have been detected using cell culture systems but the relationship between the infectivity of a sample and the contagiousness of the patient is unclear. Viral load can, however, be a potentially useful marker for assessing disease severity and prognosis: a study indicated that viral loads in severe cases were up to 60 times higher than in mild cases.

Lateral flow devices for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen in respiratory samples have been developed and are being used for large scale testing. These have limited value due to their ease of use, but they have significantly reduced sensitivity compared to PCR and the quality control is deficient with a high test failure rate.


References
European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Coronavirus: Infection. Accessed 6 October 2020.

Grant P, et al. Extraction-free COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) diagnosis by RT-PCR to increase capacity for national testing programmes during a pandemic. BioXriv 8 April 2020.

Wölfel R, et al. Virological assessment of hospitalized patients with COVID-2019. Nature. 2020 May;581(7809):465-469. doi: 10.1038/s41586-020-2196-x. Epub 2020 Apr 1. PMID: 32235945.

Preliminary report from the Joint PHE Porton Down & University of Oxford. SARS-CoV-2 test development and validation cell: Rapid evaluation of Lateral Flow Viral Antigen detection devices (LFDs) for mass community testing. [PDF]

The long-term sequelae of COVID-19 are unknown. However, a range of complaints have been observed in COVID-19 convalescents – not only those recovering from the severe form of the acute disease (ie, post intensive care syndrome), but also those who had mild and moderate disease.

These long-term complaints include:

Extreme fatigue
Muscle weakness
Low grade fever
Inability to concentrate
Memory lapses
Changes in mood
Sleep difficulties
Headaches
Needle pains in arms and legs
Diarrhea and bouts of vomiting
Loss of taste and smell
Sore throat and difficulties to swallow
New onset of diabetes and hypertension
Skin rash
Shortness of breath
Chest pains
Palpitations
The term ‘Long COVID’ has recently emerged as a description of the clinical ‘syndrome’ associated with chronic, but not yet describable as long-term, sequelae of COVID-19. The nature and causation, as well as remediable options and social implications, of Long Covid are yet to be established.

Long-term impacts on pulmonary function, exercise capacity and health status, as well as psychiatric morbidities and chronic fatigue, have been observed in survivors of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). However, it is not known whether lessons from SARS are applicable to COVID-19.


References
Yelin D, et al. Long-term consequences of COVID-19: research needs. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020 Oct;20(10):1115-1117. [Full text]

Ngai JC, et al. The long-term impact of severe acute respiratory syndrome on pulmonary function, exercise capacity and health status. Respirology. 2010 Apr;15(3):543-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1843.2010.01720.x. Epub 2010 Mar 19. [Full text]

Lam MH, et al. Mental morbidities and chronic fatigue in severe acute respiratory syndrome survivors: long-term follow-up. Arch Intern Med. 2009 Dec 14;169(22):2142-7. [Abstract]




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