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Covid-19 pre-departure fitness to travel – Frequently asked questions and information

Newcastle & Edinburgh Occupational Health Provider

Covid-19 testing for employees

This article was originally posted in September 2020. As of January 2022, we will no loner be offering PCR testing services for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Pre-Departure Fitness to Travel – Frequently Asked Questions and Information

Our coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is designed for those that do not at present meet the criteria for NHS testing services, such as those travelling abroad to work.

Do you need to book your covid-19 PCR test straight away? If so follow the link here to arrange your coronavirus test appointment.

What type of test is it?

Our pre-departure fitness to fly assessment test / employment test is a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) reverse transcriptase real-time PCR swab.

How much does a pre-departure fit to fly test / certification cost?

OH3 provide three different types of our coronavirus covid-19 PCR tests, next day result – £175, 48 hour result – £125 per person, same day covid-19 PCR test result – £250.

Please be aware that if you book an appointment and then cancel your covid-19 test there will be a £30 appointment cancellation charge applied to any refund. 

These are PCR swab tests conducted by trained health professionals at the OH3 occupational health clinic in Newcastle upon Tyne.

What is the turnaround for the test results and certificates?

We aim to provide you with your results as soon as is possible. The tests are collected from our clinic by tracked courier and taken to the accredited Randox Laboratory.

The results come directly to OH3 and your certificate is issued within the time frame outlined for the type of test that you book.

When can I get a PCR swab or Pre-Departure Fit to Fly certificate?

We can offer appointments Monday to Friday before 3.30pm to ensure same day courier collection.

How will I get my results?

You will receive your covid-19 test pre-departure fitness to fly assessment by secure email. The passcode will be sent by text to your phone.

Your results will be back within the time frame specified for taking your test. In the very unlikely event that your results are not back within the proposed timeframe for your appointment OH3 would refund your test fee in full. We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.

How is the sample taken?

The health professional will need to take a swab from your throat and nose, it is slightly uncomfortable but does not hurt. The staff will be wearing PPE and you should also arrive with a face mask to wear whilst in the clinic, you will be issued with gloves to wear.

What dates will be shown on my pre-departure fitness to fly assessment?

Your pre-departure fitness to fly assessment will show the date which the sample was taken was reported on.

What if my result is positive?

Should your results be positive we shall of course notify you right away as you would be required to self isolate immediately and following the current Government Track and Trace re-porting process.

What identification do I need?

You must bring your travelling passport I.D. with you for our pre-departure fit to fly test to be carried out.

Booking Details

To make an appointment at the clinic in Newcastle follow the link here to arrange your coronavirus test appointment.

The address is: OH3, 172 New Bridge St, Newcastle, NE1 2TE

Clinic safety details during Covid-19

Please do not attend earlier than your allocated appointment slot as we can not allow you entry.

Do not attend if you or any of your household have any symptoms suggestive of Covid-19 persistent new cough, fever, loss of taste or smell, please advise the clinic and a full refund will be issued.

Please wear face coverings when attending.

Please note you will not be allowed to bring a companion to the appointment, chaperones are available if requested.

Follow the link here to see our COVID-19 occupational health at work advice. You can also see our COVID-19 occupational health testing, to book other covid-19 testing services designed for employees and employers during the current coronavirus pandemic.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Please note that this post was first published on September 23rd, 2020 and due to the ongoing nature of the pandemic this information is changing all of the time. Please call us on 0191 640 9395 or email us on enquiries@oh3.co.uk, should you have any questions. Every effort has been made to keep this information up to date.