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At Gosforth Private Clinic, we provide a very comprehensive testing programme for individuals, businesses and organisations.

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At Gosforth Private Clinic, we provide a very comprehensive testing programme for individuals, businesses and organisations.

Appointment

Corona Virus Testing

Corona Virus Testing

Centre for Covid-19 Testing

At Gosforth Private Clinic, we provide a very comprehensive testing programme for individuals, businesses and organisations. You can have your Covid-19 status with our cost effective and highly accurate tests. This highly accurate PCR swab test can determine whether you have Covid-19 or not?

PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of antibodies which indicate body’s immune response. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can show whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

“PCR gives us a good indication of who is infected. They can be isolated and get in contact with people they have been in touch with so they can be quarantined too, That is the advantage of the current major diagnostic tests, you can break that transmission infection chain.
We are a Government approved centre for Covid-19 testing. Our laboratory partners are ISO 15189 accredited.

Covid testing for individuals

We provide high quality tests for individuals wishing to understand whether they are currently infected (presence of antigen), if they have been exposed to virus in the past (antibody test) and to measure exiting antibodies produced following natural infection and vaccination (immunity tracker).

Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (fit to fly)

Testing for travel requirements. This test looks for the presence of virus in your nose (a nasopharyngeal swab). Please note, we do not test patients with symptoms.

Why Choose Gosforth Private Clinic for your fit to fly test

Please arrange your appointments as close to the start of your testing window as stated by your destination country/airline as possible. For multiple bookings, please ensure that you make a separate booking for each individual/traveller and always take care when entering your details.

  • Results within 24-48 hours
  • Fit to fly certificate is included in the cost.
  • Approved by the government
  • Accredited by UKAS
  • Partner Laboratory- ISO 15189 accredited
  • Same day courier to our laboratory partner available
  • Safe and sterile environment
  • Easy, booking process.
  • Open 7 days a week
Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (test to release)

Testing as part of the government test to release scheme to reduce the isolation period. This test looks for the presence of virus in your nose (a nasopharyngeal swab). Please note, we do not test patients with symptoms.

Gosforth Private Clinic provides ‘test to release’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our testing facilities are based in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We provide results within 24 to 48 hours after the test.

  • Approved by the government
  • Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this and the UKAS accreditation are provided when you receive a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test certificate.
  • A negative test reduces your self-isolation period to 5 days from the required 10 days.
  • Please book your test and release appointment on the 5 th  day after your return
  • When booking please select the Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test (Test and Release) appointment in order that the correct documentation can be processed with your result.
Covid-19 IgG Antibody Blood Test

An antibody blood test for previous infection. The venous blood (blood from a vein) sample is sent to the laboratory and results are available the next day.

You can find out if you have had coronavirus (COVID-19), using a simple test. Our antibody tests are approved by The MHRA and Public Health England and carried out by either in the clinic or by individuals by themselves. The two Covid-19 Antibody Tests that we offer are the Covid-19 rapid In-clinic antibody test and the Covid-19 laboratory-based antibody testing. The results for the rapid in clinic antibody tests (IgM and IgG) are available immediately and are emailed to you on the same day. Our laboratory antibody test
results (IgG) are emailed to you the next day.

About our testing

  • Approved by the government
  • Our in-clinic antibody lateral flow tests we are manufactured by very
    renowned companies such as Siemens and Abbotts
  • Approved clinic for Covid-19 testing by UKAS
  • Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this and the UKAS accreditation are provided when you receive a negative Covid-19 PCR Swab Test certificate.
  • All our tests are analysed by our private UK-based, accredited Virology laboratory partner that provides services for the NHS. As a result our tests are highly sensitive and accurate.
  • Results are returned one day after your test, via email.
  • Testing available 7 days a week
Covid-19 IgG & IgM Antibody Blood Test

A finger-prick blood test for previous infection. The results for this test are available immediately.
Please contact our Covid-19 testing team for more information and to discuss your requirements further 0191 284 1355 or via email: info@gosforthprivateclinic.co.uk.

Immunity Tracker

We provide immunity tracker test by using a simple finger prick test. This can be used to measure the level of IgG antibodies to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 to get a better understanding of your immune response. This test measures immune response following both vaccination and natural infection. Our clinic uses the best possible test for immunity tracker with very high sensitivity and specificity.

Covid testing for Businesses/Organisations

The challenge of creating a secure Covid testing environment for large businesses is immense. Testing is a vital part of the solution both to keep the spread of the virus under control but also to improve employer sentiment.

As a business owner you want your business up and running again in way that is as safe as possible but also cost effective. Our cost price test can give you the reassurance you and your team need

Our testing program for Businesses includes:

Baseline PCR Swab Tests and Antibody Tests for your team to support a safe return to work, identifying individuals who may have current infection and also those who have had previous infection.

  • Business travellers swab testing, “fit to fly certificates” & test to release testing.
  • Proactive, weekly testing options.
  • Professionally administered tests, full medical support & corporate liaison
    manager.
  • Clinic based / on-site testing availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

DO you test patients with symptoms?

We do not test patients with current Covid-19 symptoms. Please visit an NHS testing centre.

Do you provide fit to fly certificates?

A ‘fit to fly certificate’ is included in the price of the Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test and is emailed to you with the negative result. The results will be emailed to you the day following your appointment. You can book your appointment via telephone 0191 2841355 or our website. You must ensure you take our laboratory turnaround time and your testing window requirements into account before booking the test. Our team are unable to advise on specific requirements for different countries/airlines.

Do you provide test to release certificate?

Gosforth Private Clinic provides ‘test to release’ during the Covid-19 pandemic. Our testing facilities are based in the centre of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. We provide results within 24 to 48 hours after the test.

Is your lab accredited by UKAS?

Our laboratory partner is ISO 15189 accredited, details of this and the UKAS accreditation are provided when you receive a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test certificate.

How accurate is PCR swab test?

The swab tests for the presence of Coronavirus itself and can detect infection even if there are no obvious symptoms (78% of cases of Covid-19 are asymptomatic) It is the most reliable indicator of current infection.
The scientific consensus is that the virus can stay in your nose and throat for 14 days but it can be present for shorter or longer duration in some people. Therefore, a negative result may also mean the virus was not in your nose and throat when the test was done, or the swab test was not correctly done. If the nasopharyngeal swab is taken correctly you will get an accurate and reliable result.

Interpreting the result of a test for covid-19 depends on two things: the accuracy of the test, and the pre-test probability or estimated risk of disease before testing. Our clinic always screens our clients for symptoms prior to any antigen test.

  • A positive RT-PCR test for covid-19 test has more weight than a negative test because of the test’s high specificity but moderate sensitivity
  • A single negative covid-19 test should not be used as a rule-out in patients with strongly suggestive symptoms
  • At The Gosforth Private Clinic, we always share information with patients about the accuracy of our Covid-19 tests
  • No test gives a 100% accurate result

Specificity for detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection: Specificity is the proportion of patients without disease who have a negative test or true negative rate 100% Sensitivity for detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection: Sensitivity is the proportion of patients with disease who have a positive test or the true positive rate 98%

Is the PCR swab test safe?

The swab is soft-tipped and taken from the back of the nose. It is a routine test that is performed to diagnose other infections. This test is considered to be safe.

How do I find out about my test result?

We will email your results within 24 TO 48 HOURS after your appointment on your provided email.

As Covid-19 infection is a notifiable illness, the lab0ratory will also inform Public Health England if the result of your Covid-19 RT-PCR Swab Test is positive.

What happens if my swab test is positive for covid-19

If you test positive for Covid-19, in the majority of cases you can self-manage your symptoms without complications, self-isolating at home and using https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/ guidelines.

How reliable are anti-body tests?
Covid-19 Lab-Based Antibody Blood Test

Our antibody tests are carried out in a UKAS accredited Virology laboratory. The test screens for the presence of IgG antibodies which indicates if an individual has previously had Covid-19. They can be detected normally 14 days following the infection.

Specificity for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2: Specificity is the proportion of patients without antibodies who have a negative test or true negative rate 100%

Sensitivity for antibodies against SARS-CoV-2: Sensitivity is the proportion of patients with antibodies who have a positive test or the true positive rate 97.5%

Covid-19 Rapid In-Clinic Antibody Test *NEW & APPROVED*
The manufacturer of our MHRA approved test states the following accuracy: based off a sample of 615 people (403 positive and 212 negative), the test is 95.12% accurate.

If I have Covid-19 antibodies does it make me immune?
This is the current information on Immunity – Does It exist with Covid-19?

Primary infection with SARS-CoV-2 provides at least 94% protection against symptomatic reinfection for at least 6 months. This suggests that natural infection provides short term protection against Covid-19 that is very similar to that conferred by vaccination.

Importantly, natural infection induces approx. 75% protection against asymptomatic reinfection, suggesting that people who have recovered from SARS-Cov-2 infection are much less likely to transmit the virus to others. This is good news in terms of the long-term trends of the pandemic. However, asymptomatic reinfections are not zero, so you cannot assume that just because you have had the virus before that you can
not be infectious.

These data reinforce the message that, for the time being, everyone should consider themselves to be a potential source of infection for others and should behave accordingly by wearing a mask, avoid crowded poorly ventilated spaces wherever possible and wash your hands.

These reported protective ‘efficacy’ results for natural SARS-COV-2 infection are comparable to the current COVID-19 vaccines.
Having the vaccine after recovering from COVID-19 is not an issue or contraindication – and will likely boost the natural immunity.  We also see this with the seasonal flu vaccine.

What is the refund policy?

At Gosforth Private Clinic we have transparent cancellation/refund policy. Appointments can be cancelled and refunded 24 hours prior to the appointment. Should you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment, then you will be entitled to a 50% refund. Please note that there is a £20 administrative fee for all cancellations.

Please note that we do not take cancellations over the phone. Please email our cancellations team at info@gosforthprivateclinic.co.uk stating your name, email address and appointment date and time.

What about if I need to reschedule my visit?

We can reschedule appointments only if there is capacity available in our booking system. Please email our bookings team – appointments@whitehallclinic.com stating your name, email address and appointment date and time.