Are you looking to head off on your holidays? As the weather drops colder, you may be looking for a tropical winter escape. Nowadays, as well as thinking about vaccinations, you also need to consider Covid testing in your holiday prep. However, there is no need to worry – Croyland Pharmacy is here for you every step of the way. We offer all the Covid tests you need so you don’t get caught out, including day 2 testing in Northampton. You may be wondering – “what is a rapid antigen test and why do I need one?”. Keep reading for our ultimate guide to day 2 antigen testing.
What is a rapid antigen test & how is a PCR test different?
A rapid antigen test is a Covid test that produces results within a matter of minutes. The process is incredibly simple; in the case of our test, it only requires a nasal swab.
There is also the option to do a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test, which is more detailed and produces a more reliable result. It does this through analysing the viral RNA (ribonucleic acid) that is found in your cells. How quickly the results come back depends on the laboratory and where you have it done.
We offer PCR testing with 24-48 hour results; you can find out more here:
Why do I need rapid antigen day 2 testing in Northampton when I return to the UK?
Day 2 testing in Northampton is included within the Government’s travel guidance for coming back to England. If you are fully vaccinated, you must take a test on day 2 after returning to the UK. You are also required to fill out a passenger locator form. However, you do not need to isolate unless your result is positive. If your result is positive, you should follow up-to-date guidance with regards to self-isolation and testing. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must take a day 2 and day 8 test upon your return.
Some countries also now accept rapid antigen tests as proof of a negative result on entry.
We offer Fit to Fly Rapid Antigen Tests; you can find out more here:
Book your rapid antigen day 2 testing in Northampton today
You can get your rapid antigen test with us ahead of time using the following steps:
1. Buy your kit from the pharmacy prior to your trip.
2. Register the kit, following the instructions on the Agilis Health website.
3. Wait for your passenger locator form reference number (usually takes 15-20 minutes after you register the kit).
4. Fill out your form within 48 hours before your return to the UK.
5. Once you get back, book your appointment to have your test supervised at the pharmacy.
6. When you’ve done your test, your results and certificate will be issued within 15 minutes.
If you are looking to head off on your holidays, don’t get caught out on your return.
You can find out more about our rapid antigen testing procedure here:
Visit us to get your testing kit today!