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Covid 19 PCR Test

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is natural to have concerns about the virus and your safety.

To prevent infection risks from rising further, healthcare organizations have devised different methods to help citizens test for the virus. One of the most reliable is the COVID 19 PCR test, dubbed as the gold standard in detecting the virus accurately. With stricter health and safety protocols now in place, several airlines and countries now require a fit to fly PCR test to allow you to travel.

To help you with your testing needs, Anna Pharmacy offers PCR tests to ensure you are safe and fit to travel or do other activities. PCR stands for Polymerase Chain Reaction, a technique used to make several copies of a particular section of DNA. It can be used to check for genetic material that may point to the virus, or even traces that may still be lingering.

PCR Test for COVID-19 Detection

The COVID 19 PCR test can be done in three steps. First, we collect a sample through a nose swab test. This is performed by using a swab, which contains a flexible stick and soft tip, and taking a sample from inside your nasopharyngeal area. The sample will then be sent to the lab and examined by a laboratory technician, who will clean up the sample and extract the genetic material. After, a PCR machine is used to produce millions of copies of the virus’s genetic material, which is indicated by a glowing fluorescent light.

The PCR test essentially works by checking for the presence of antigens to know if you are infected. You can expect results to arrive within 24 hour after the test. If your test result returns positive, it is advisable to talk to a healthcare professional to devise a proper recovery plan. If your test result returns negative, you can use this to get a Fit to Fly certificate to prove that you are healthy to travel.

If you are interested in getting a fit to fly COVID test for an upcoming trip or need to get tested for work or personal concerns, we service the following locations in the UK:

  • Carshalton
  • Sutton
  • Hackbridge
  • Wallington
  • Croydon

To get in touch with us for your PCR test, call us at 020 8640 0404 or send us an email at info@annapharmacy.com. We will gladly answer any of your questions and help you schedule a test appointment.

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