Knowing the most suitable COVID-19 test for you and your situation can be unclear at times. We want to make this process as seamless as possible so you can feel confident to travel, socialise and go about business as usual. At Superdrug, we offer a range of testing services that give you quick and reliable results, starting from £1.99.
What are the most common COVID-19 tests and how do they work?
Lateral flow tests are a quick and convenient way to detect the presence of COVID-19 antigens. They can be conducted at a test centre, or you can order lateral flows online to test yourself at home. Lateral flow tests are to be taken by those who are not displaying any COVID-19 symptoms but want to take it as a precautionary measure. This form of test will require a swab of the throat and nose or nose only. Your result will then be displayed usually within 15-30 minutes; however, it is best to consult the instructions for test specific advice. As with all tests, if you do receive a positive result, please consult the government guidelines* for the next steps to take.
PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing and is to be taken by those with symptoms of the virus. PCR tests look for genetic material of the virus that causes COVID-19, requiring a swab of the nose and throat. Unlike lateral flows, the results conducted either with a home testing kit or at a testing site will need to be sent off to a lab to be processed. You can expect to receive your results from 24 hours onwards; however, this may vary from one test centre to another.
The tests available at Superdrug
From at-home lateral flow tests to PCR tests with next day results, Superdrug stock a range of CE marked self-testing kits as well as an in-clinic testing option.
Healgen Antigen Rapid
At £1.99, the Healgen Antigen Rapid Test is a quick and competitively priced lateral flow test that has been evaluated and validated by the MHRA. It is a nasal only swab test with 98.73% accuracy, that displays your easy-to-read result in 15 minutes. Whether you want to pick up the test in-store, or prefer to order lateral flows online, the Healgen Antigen Rapid is available whatever your preference.
Medicspot Lateral Flow Day 2/ Fit to Fly Travel
The Medicspot Lateral Flow Test is an at-home self-test kit suitable for outbound travel to 25+ countries and Day 2 fully vaccinated UK arrivals. If your result is negative, you will be issued your Fit to Fly certificate (subject to change, correct of October ‘22). To select the right test for your needs, please refer to the current requirements issued by your destination country.
Chronomics COVID-19 PCR Test
With 99.9% specificity, the Chronomics COVID-19 PCR Test is a home-testing kit that requires a saliva sample only. This PCR test can be used for international travel where a Fit to Fly certificate is necessary. After sending off the sample, results can be expected within 24-36 hours.
Want to book a PCR test with us?
Superdrug Health Clinic offers a PCR Supervised Swab Testing Service, available Monday – Thursday before 3pm for those who are non-symptomatic and want to confirm a negative presence of the virus. This in-clinic test requires a nose and throat swab undertaken by a trained nurse. Results are usually available within 72 hours of taking the test. If your result is negative, you will then be issued your Fit to Fly certificate. For more information on this service, click here. Available in selected nurse clinics only.
For more information on any of the COVID-19 testing products mentioned in this article, please head to its product page on our main site or click the link below for all COVID-19 products and services at Superdrug.
*All information correct as of 28.10.22. Please check government guidelines or Superdrug website for the latest updates.