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0191 640 9395

COVID-19 Testing Services

Newcastle & Edinburgh Occupational Health Provider

Travel and employment Covid-19 PCR tests

The timescales below for PCR testing services are indicative only and not guaranteed. They are results achieved in over 95% of cases, but occasionally labs need to rerun tests which can mean “same day” results being reported after midnight or the following morning, or “next day” results being reported the day after. OH3 will not be responsible for delays or disruption to travel plans if results are delayed. These are almost invariably out of our control once the sample reaches the lab and operates on a “best endeavours” basis.

Next day result


PCR Test

Result by 11:59pm next day

  • Covid-19 test for travel use, fit to fly or test to release
  • Can be used for employment or general purposes
  • Carried out by trained Healthcare Professional
  • UK Government approved covid-19 test provider
  • UKAS Accredited PCR swab tests
  • Experienced covid-19 PCR test provider
Book your COVID-19 PCR test

Important information:

Our next day result test is available from our Newcastle and Edinburgh clinic

£30 appointment cancellation charge applied to any refund for a cancelled covid-19 test

You must bring your travelling passport I.D. with you to the test for this to be carried out, or other photo I.D. for non-travel tests

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.

 On June 25th 2021 OH3 successfully received recommendation from UKAS for ISO15189 accreditation for PCR swab collection services.

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. 

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

For all other tests, you must bring your passport or other photo I.D. with you for these to be carried out.

Please note at the current time OH3 has not applied for registration to provide day 2 or day 8 samples for people travelling to the UK. If you require either of these, please apply to other providers. OH3 can provide PCR testing for other requirements, e.g. day 5 test to release testing, fit to fly and general purpose.

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 and pre-departure fit to fly PCR testing. At present our covid-19 PCR testing results are guaranteed within 48 hours as standard.

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.

More info on our general & fit to fly PCR testing services

5 day 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 if performed a full 5 days after leaving your country of origin to come to the UK. 

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.

More info on our test to release PCR services