Private

COVID-19 Swab Testing for non-symptomatic patients.

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Online booking instructions

I have private medical insurance:

To book an appointment using private medical insurance please contact our administrative team on 0113 539 4646. Please ensure you have your medical insurance registration details to hand. Within 48 hours you will be offered a suitable appointment. 

COVID-19

Day 2/Day 2 & Day 8 tesing.

LivingCare are an official Day 2 & 8 testing provider in England. We work to make your return to the UK as easy as possible with our postal day 2 & 8 kits.

You can only buy click and collect kits on our website - So please don't call us to purchase as our team cannot accept bookings over the phone.

In line with the UK Government guidance, it is compulsory to perform Day 2/Day 2 & 8 Covid-19 tests after international travel based on the traffic light system for travel.

Day 2 testing is required upon return from green list countries, and Day 2 & 8 testing is required for amber/red countries.

There are specific requirements for these tests, and they aren’t just a normal PCR. You must book from an approved provider such as LivingCare. The tests are:

 

Day 2: On or before day 2 - Variant surveillance PCR test including genomic sequencing on any positive results

Day 8: On or after day 8 – A PCR test to check if you have coronavirus.

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You must book your test online HERE. Booking online is the only option for this service and you must not call our team as they cannot advise you or book over the phone.

The process

  1. You will book and pay for your day 2 test (Green list) or day 2 and day 8 tests (Amber list) on our website here

  2. Find the right day test based on the coloured labels on the kit outer bag.

  3. Perform your own swab and put the swab into the sample tube. Write the details on the tube that are included in your instructions. ​

  4. You must log the date/time that you performed the swab on our online system. This is mandatory and your sample cannot be tested without it.

  5. Place the sample tube into the biobag provided within the swabbing kit.​

  6. Place the biobag into the correct outer postage bag (ensuring that you post back your day 2 sample in the day 2 bag and day 8 in day 8)

  7. Please post your sample back to us using your nearest priority postbox with Royal Mail. You are allowed to leave quarantine to do this but please do not go anywhere else on your way/way home.

  8. Your sample will be received by the lab and tested.

  9. Your results will be uploaded to your online account within 24 hours of arrival at the lab.

Why choose LivingCare for your COVID-19 testing?

There are many reasons why you should choose LivingCare for your private COVID-19 testing in Leeds and Yorkshire.

  • We offer fast and easy access to appointments that suit you and your schedule. 

  • We offer swift access to results, with most being within 48 hours. 

  • You can jump the queue, we aren't part of the national testing system, and we offer a fast, efficient service.

  • Our services are available at competitive prices, we aren't a large corporate organisation and offer services that our communities require at a reasonable price.

Have a question? Here's our FAQ.

Frequently asked questions

What do I do if I’m travelling from a ‘red list’ country?


LivingCare do not offer testing for travellers returning from red list countries, please visit the government website to book through the red list travel testing provider.




What do I need to do before I travel to England?


If you’re travelling from a green or amber country and haven’t visited or transited through a country on the UK government red list in the 10 days before returning to England, you must:

  • Take a COVID-19 test and have a certificate of negative result during the 3 days before you travel – This allows you to enter the UK.
  • Book a day 2 or day 2 and 8 test package (Day 2 only for green list countries, day 2 and 8 package for amber list countries) with LivingCare. This includes the relevant tests required and also return postage for both tests. We will post the kits out to your address with tracked 24 hour postage.
  • You must complete a passenger locator form which includes details of the location of your quarantine address in the UK, and the day 2/ day 2 and 8 test package booking reference number. This number can be found on your online account with LivingCare.




How long will my results take?


We will process your sample and issue results to your online account within 24 hours of recepit at the lab.




What happens if I provide incorrect information or don’t quarantine?


You can receive substantial fines. Please check the government website for further information.




Where can I book a day 2 and 8 testing or day 2 testing package?


LivingCare are a government approved provider of general COVID-19 testing, as well as day 2 and day 8 testing packages.




Is testing on day 2 and 8 following returning to England compulsory?


Yes, before travelling to England from an amber list country, everyone who hasn’t visited or passed through a country on the red list in the 10 days before arriving must book and pay for a Travel Test Package, which will includes COVID-19 tests to be taken on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of your quarantine. If you have travelled through a red list country or visited one in the 10 days prior to travel, you must book a government quarantine hotel package. Day 2 testing is compulsory for anyone returning from a green list country.




When can I leave quarantine?


Upon arrival in England, it is important that you go directly to your quarantine location and self isolate for 10 days. You are not permitted to leave quarantine for work or leisure.

You must not leave quarantine until you have received a negative day 8 test result AND quarantined for the full 10 day quarantine period. Please see further information on the government website.

You can leave quarantine early if you receive a negative test result on or after day 5 through the Test to Release programme. You can book a Test to Release test through the LivingCare website.

Even if you test negative through Test to Release and finish your quarantine early, you still need to take your day 8 test.




What is your cancellation policy?


We do not offer refunds against COVID-19 day 2 & day 8 tests once your sample ID has been linked. This is non-negotiable. You may however cancel up until the time that we link your sample ID number.




Can I leave quarantine early if my day 8 test is negative?


No, even if your day 8 test is negative, you must stay in quarantine until day 10.




When do I do my day 2 and 8 tests?


You can perform your day 2 test any time on or before day 2 after arriving in England. You can take your day 8 test on or after day 8.




Does Test to Release day 5 allow me to leave quarantine early?


Day 5 test to release is an optional extra swab for those travelling from amber countries to be able to break quarantine early following a negative result for day 5. Test to release is available from LivingCare, and is a PCR test on top of day 2 & 8.

You may leave quarantine early as soon as you get a negative result for day 5 (our results are issued within 24 hours of receipt at the lab). It is important however that if you get any symptoms of COVID-19 at any time after leaving quarantine that you follow government advice for symptoms of COVID-19 including booking a symptomatic COVID-19 test.




Is it still mandatory to take a day 8 test if I test negative for COVID-19 with Test to Release on day 5?


Yes, although you may receive a negative result on day 5, this is an additional test to day 2 & 8, not a replacement. So it is still mandatory to swab on day 8 in line with government guidance.




What is day 2/8 testing?


In line with the UK Government guidance, it is compulsory to perform Day 2/Day 2 & 8 Covid-19 tests after international travel based on the traffic light system for travel.

Day 2 testing is required upon return from green list countries, and Day 2 & 8 testing is required for amber/red countries.

There are specific requirements for these tests, and they aren’t just a normal PCR. You must book from an approved provider such as LivingCare. The tests are:

Day 2: On or before day 2 - Variant surveillance PCR test including genomic sequencing on any positive results.

Day 8: On or after day 8 – A PCR test to check if you have coronavirus.




What if I test positive for COVID-19 for the day 2 or 8 tests?


In the rare circumstance that your day 2 or 8 test results are returned as positive, you must treat this as you would any other positive result for COVID-19 and quarantine for a further 10 days from the date of the test.

The requirements for this are set out on any results certificates for positive results.

We will automatically report your positive result to Public Health England and if your infection shows that you have a variant of coronavirus known as a ‘variant of concern’ you will get an additional call and anyone you have been in contact with will be asked to be tested.

By booking our tests you agree that we can share your data with Public Health England.




Does the day 2 test include “genomic sequencing”?


The minimum requirements for day 2 testing include the need to sequence any positive tests to identify the strain of infection. This is mandatory for all day 2 tests, and all day 2 tests from LivingCare include this at no extra charge.




Can I leave my quarantine location to collect or conduct my COVID-19 test?


Yes, you are permitted to leave your quarantine location to collect or conduct your COVID-19 test but you are required to return to your quarantine location as soon as this is complete.

As all of our day 2 & day 8 tests are postal, this should only be to return your kits by the post. Please do not attend any of our sites if you are still quarantining.




Can I just take a day 2 test?


Yes, for green list countries, you may take a day 2 test only. For amber countries, both day 2 and 8 are compulsory.




What is the new traffic light system for international travel?


From 17th May, the UK government introduced the traffic light system for travel to foreign countries.

Returning from green countries require you to take a test on day 2 upon returning to the UK and you don’t need to quarantine, however travellers returning from amber list countries must quarantine for 10 days and take a test on day 2 and day 8.

There is the option of an extra test on day 5 that will allow the traveller to exit quarantine if this is negative. If performing the day 5 test, the traveller must also complete day 8 testing as this is still mandatory.




What happens if I don’t quarantine or provide incorrect information?


You can receive substantial fines. Please check the government website for further information.





All our private services are held at Thorpe Park Clinic; our purpose built modern facility based in Colton, Leeds.

 

Patients access the service from across the whole of West Yorkshire to come to our facility.  The clinic hosts a range of services that are available on the NHS and through our Private Patient Pathway.  The facility has a state of the art 3T Wide Bore MRI Scanner, X Ray and Ultrasound provision. It hosts fantastic services across many NHS Pathways. 

Thorpe Park Clinic is fully accessible, has transport routes from all over Leeds.  We welcome all referrals into Thorpe Park Clinic from across West Yorkshire.

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