Information on our Covid-19 PCR testing
You can see details of our four different covid-19 PCR testing services below, with links to read additional information on these services if you require this.
The links to book each of our covid-19 testing services can be found at the top of this page, please familiarise yourself with the information on our services before completing your booking, paying particular attention to the listed timescales for the return of your test result.
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.
Covid-19 coronavirus PCR testing services Newcastle
OH3 is a UK Government approved provider of both covid-19 test to release and covid-19 general pre-departure fit to fly PCR testing services. Our trained healthcare professionals have been carrying out coronavirus covid-19 tests using PCR throat and nose swab appointments since the start of the current pandemic. This is at our SEQOHS accredited Newcastle occupational health clinic.
We have availability and approval to carry out test to release, general & pre-departure fit to fly PCR testing and same day result appointments. Our same day service has now been launched and brought into our other covid-19 testing services and we are working hard to bring our postal covid-19 PCR testing service live. At present our covid-19 PCR testing results are guaranteed within 48 hours as standard with an option for a same day result appointment.
Please be aware that none of our PCR testing services are for those who are presenting symptoms of covid-19 coronavirus, which include a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
More information on our covid-19 testing services
You can find more information on our covid-19 PCR testing services using the links below.
If you need to contact us to discuss your PCR covid-19 appointment, then please do so on: 0191 640 9395
Pre-Departure Fit To Fly Covid-19 PCR Testing
Our general covid-19 testing service is for general travel, pre-departure fit to fly and employment requirements. The PCR test is used to determine that an employee is currently showing as negative for coronavirus covid-19 at the time of testing. Our service is designed for those that do not at present meet the criteria for NHS testing services, such as those required to fly to other countries from the UK during the time of the coronavirus pandemic for work purposes.
We are offering PCR tests for general employment and travel purposes, such as for those who require to go abroad to work. The PCR throat and nose swab test can be used in order to demonstrate that an employee is currently showing as negative for covid-19 at the time of testing. This appointment that we are carrying out at OH3 is useful for some offshore workers, seafarers, or other workers requiring to fly to other countries. Results typically in 48 hours unless next day is selected, standard tests are always within 72 hours to allow fitness to fly.
Test To Release PCR Covid-19 PCR Testing
During the current pandemic, if you arrive in the UK from a country that is not on the UK Government travel corridor list, then you will be required to self-isolate. This requires you to stay at home for a period of ten full days. However with an approved test to release service provider, which OH3 is, you can reduce this period of self-isolation following a negative test result.
Our covid-19 test to release service has been approved by the UK Government and will be carried out at our Newcastle clinic by one of our trained healthcare professionals. A swab sample will be taken from the throat and nose and will then be sent to our laboratory for analysis, with results in 24 to 48 hours from arrival at the laboratory. The appointment will take around 15mins approximately and is designed to be used in conjunction with the UK Government test to release programme for international travellers returning to the UK.
Same Day Test Result Covid-19 PCR Testing
Our same day service test result is designed to speed up the standard approximate time for our general and test to release coronavirus result, by allowing a quicker result and positive/negative confirmation to be received. We have launched this service which will allow a test result to be returned same day for early morning appointments.
If you book this test and choose an appointment time at or before 11.45am from our Newcastle clinic, your sample will go on our lunchtime courier service to the laboratory for analysis. It will be tested and the result reported to you on the same day.
This service can be used for both test to release or general and fit to fly covid-19 testing requirements and guarantees a much faster result. Our same day testing service is for those requiring a prompt result from their covid-19 test.
Postal PCR Testing Covid-19 PCR Testing
Our postal covid-19 tests are suitable for those who require a test for employment or travel purposes and who do not meet NHS testing criteria. These tests are transported by post so understandably this takes longer to receive your result than an in person test, with the test carried out at home yourself. Full instructions for taking the sample and return postage is provided. Due to the length of time that these tests take to receive a result it makes them unsuitable for ‘test to release’ appointments. If your result is not returned to you 48-72 hours after the time of return postage then you can choose to forgo receiving the result and instead choose a refund of the initial cost, or opt to take another test if preferrable.
OH3 postal covid-19 PCR tests are suitable for use either for employment or travel purposes. This service is designed for those who require a covid-19 test but are not eligible for NHS testing services. If your test is not required to be urgently undertaken then our postal method could be suitable as it is carried out yourself at home and posted at your own leisure. Full instructions on how to take the test and return postage will be sent with the consignment. Generally this will arrive at your address 1-2 working days after the order is placed on our website, with the sample needing to be taken on the day it is posted and importantly posted by no later than 3.30pm in a Royal Mail Priority Post Box the same day. This will then arrive with OH3 the next working day and be processed in our laboratory that day, with a result reported to you by 4pm the following day.
There are many factors in postal covid-19 testing that are out of OH3’s control and we recommend this service in cases that are not urgent time-wise. We thank those who choose this service for their understanding in advance.