Covid-19 Testing

If you have the typical symptoms, please self isolate and follow government advice – do not come in for a test if you have clear symptoms of COVID-19 as you will put other people at risk by travelling to the clinic.

If you are very sick, get medical attention immediately

  • Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19
  • Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home without medical care. They may not need to be tested
  • There is no treatment specifically approved for people who have COVID-19
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow the government advice on isolation. Do not come to the clinic for a test.

Who should have a test?

  • Companies who wish to start with key worker – have your key workers tested before opening up
  • People who have been in exposure environment and want to know they are not carriers
  • Frontline workers who want to make sure they are not contaminated
  • Frontline workers who are in touch with the general public
  • Food suppliers – both workers and people who provide delivery food and want to make sure they are not contaminating the public: chefs, supply drivers and other people who must deal with the general public
  • Anyone else who feels they may be putting other people at risk
  • Some countries may be asking for a test result before allowing entry

An antibody test can detect if a person has had coronavirus before and has since recovered. The test, carried out by a device that pricks your finger for blood, works this out by testing your blood for coronavirus antibodies to see if they have already beaten the virus and gained some immunity to it. It can do this in about 15 minutes. We have worked hard to source an approved supplier of this particular test with high accuracy.

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Get Test Results

If you’ve taken a test at the La Perla COVID-19 Testing Site and included an email address when you scheduled your appointment, you will receive an email with your test result certificate.

Negative Test Instructions

If you tested negative for COVID-19, the recommendation is to stay home and practice social distancing until 72 hours after your fever has ended without the use of fever reducing medications and other symptoms improve. After this time, you may resume regular activities. Make sure to follow state mandates: wear a mask, social distance; continue to wash your hands and have good cough etiquette.

If you test negative for COVID-19 but still have symptoms, it is likely you may have another respiratory virus. You should continue to self-isolate yourself from others, practice good hand hygiene and clean and disinfect surfaces in the home. If your symptoms worsen or don’t get better after several days, you should call your health care provider.

You should not return to work or school until 72 hours after your fever has ended without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved. (Make sure to follow state mandates: wear a mask, social distance; continue to wash your hands and have good cough etiquette.)

As long as the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading in your community, continue to practice social distancing, wash hands often and avoid touching your face, and clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks, phones).

Positive Test: Instructions

If you tested positive, you must stay at home and self-isolate. This means stay in a different bedroom from others in your home, and if possible, use a separate bathroom. You must self-isolate for at least 3 full days (or 72 hours) have passed since you had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms are greatly improved AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first started.

If you live with other people and they were not tested, they should keep their distance from you. This includes not eating meals together and not sitting around the house together. Practice social distancing as much as is possible (stay at least 6 feet from each other).

If they are symptomatic (sick; have COVID-19 symptoms), they should also self-isolate for 3 full days (or 72 hours) until they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms are greatly improved AND at least 7 days have passed since symptoms first started. If the symptoms are mild, they should recover at home. If the symptoms worsen and a medical evaluation is needed, call health care provider.

If they are asymptomatic (not sick; have no COVID-19 symptoms), they should self-quarantine for 14 days AFTER any sick person in the household’s self-isolation period ends. If the asymptomatic person develops symptoms, they should follow the self-isolation instructions above. Symptoms may take 2-14 days to appear. It is important to monitor their health long enough to ensure they do not develop symptoms.

Mild symptoms are when you feel unwell but can stay home and manage at home. Most people with mild symptoms can recover from home. See above for how long you should stay home/self-isolate.

Moderate symptoms are those where you may need a medical evaluation from your health care provider. If your symptoms worsen over time and do not get better, especially if you have trouble breathing, call your health care provider to determine next steps.

Those who have been closest to you for a prolonged period of time are going to be at highest risk. Household members and others with whom you spent a prolonged period of time (more than 10 minutes) within 6 feet of you, or shared a meal, would be at increased risk and should be advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days AFTER your, or any sick household members self-isolation period ends. If the asymptomatic person develops symptoms, they should follow the self-isolation instructions above.

People who you did not spend a prolonged period of time (less than 10 minutes) within 6 feet are at lower risk. This would include people that you may have been in an indoor space for a prolonged period of time. They should monitor their health; no restrictions about where they go. They should wash hands often and practice social distancing. If possible, you should notify individuals above regarding your illness. Work or school supervisors may be informed to help with this process.

People who you may have casually come into contact with (e.g., passed by in the hall, briefly spent time within a room, shared a short elevator ride), are not considered to be at risk and do not need to be contacted.

What is the cost and what happens if the test is positive?

Please note that we are not able to offer counselling if you test positive for COVID-19. The whole purpose of this service to provide alternative, reliable test results for people who cannot be tested by the government but do feel that they need testing. The cost of the test is £79. Please allow 45 minutes for the totality of your appointment. Please arrive on time for your appointment.

Please wait OUTSIDE the clinic until the operator unlocks the door and takes you inside. There will be forms that require filling. We do not test anyone younger than 18 years of age. We feel that exposing anyone older than 70 years of age to the potential risk of not staying home is not in his or her benefit.

Contact Us

info@laperlaclinic.co.uk