COVID-19 Coronavirus London Laboratory PCR

Order by 1pm for Same Day Despatch (m-f)
Next Working Day Delivery
Hand in at London Lab personally for speed
Private GP Referral Included
Doctor's Comments Included
Turnaround Time 2-3 days from Lab Receipt
Results Sent via Email

London based Covid-19 PCR Swabs - Overview

If you have been asked to provide a COVID-19 PCR Swab sample, and can easily drop your completed sample at the London Laboratory, then this is the option we advise for you, due to not having to "waste" a day couriering/posting your sample back to a laboratory before analysis can start. Turnaround time is officially advised at 2-3 days, but recently we are seeing samples turned around within 1-2 working days.

However, if you cannot drop your sample to the laboratory then we advise you look at the other options we provide - namely the Express Courier COVID-19 PCR Swab, or the Pre-flight COVID 19 PCR Swab - these are both the same tests but have different guidance notes.

Example of typical process.

These are sent to you in post using Royal Mail's Guaranteed Next Day by 1pm delivery and will be dispatched same day if ordered by 1pm. Once you have your kit, you just need to easily collect a swab sample using the instructions provided and then drop it back to the TDL pathology Laboratory itself at the Halo Building, 1 Mabledon Place, London WC1H 9AX. Alternatively a return envelope to the lab is provided if your plans change and are not quite so tight, but please do remember that the laboratory cannot start testing your sample until they receive it. A typical example would be...

  1. Order your kit online before 1pm on MONDAY - it will be dispatched to you on MONDAY
  2. Receive your kit on TUESDAY before 1pm. Collect your swab sample, drop back to the Laboratory by hand on TUESDAY
  3. Laboratory will provide results on THURSDAY - but may be a day earlier or later, depending on workload.

Now possible to obtain a COVID-19 PCR Swab test in London TODAY

It is now possible to obtain a COVID-19 PCR Swab test in London TODAY, by ordering your coronavirus swab kit online and then walking into patient reception to collect.

You need to go OFF-SITE to collect your sample, such as your car, home or hotel room, then return the sealed kit back at patient reception. Regular motorcycle couriers take samples to the laboratory for analysis, which has a turnaround time of 1-2 working days.