Test kits are suitable for adults aged 18 and over only. LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor test kits are for personal use only, and must not be ordered for anyone else.
How our COVID-19 test kit service works
Go through an online consultation and one of our clinicians will check the test is right for you
Receive your test kit by post, do the the test and send your sample back to the lab
Free to send back to the lab
View or download your results from your Patient Record. We’ll let you know as soon as they are ready by email or text
Up to an estimated 3 working days from when you receive a message from us confirming we have received your sample for processing. This timeline is an estimate and it could take our lab longer to process your results.
How does the test work?
When your test kit arrives you’ll find a swab which you can use to collect a sample from your mouth and nose. Your sample is sent to our partner lab with prepaid postage and packing, where it will be tested for signs of the virus.
If the result is positive, the test will indicate you currently have COVID-19.
Who can use the test?
You can use a COVID-19 at-home swab test if:
- You think you have COVID-19
- You're an adult aged 18 and over only
- You're ordering the test kit for yourself
How much is the COVID-19 swab test kit?
£119.00, including free delivery.
When will I get my results?
You’ll receive your results within an estimated 3 working days after our partner lab receives your sample, but it could take longer.
|Order approved by||Receive test kit by||Return to lab prior to postal cut off||Results received within|
|Before 1pm Mon - Fri||Next day, inc. Sat||Next day, inc. Sat||Up to 3 working days*|
|After 1pm Mon - Thur||Two days, inc. Sat||Next day, inc. Sat||Up to 3 working days*|
|After 1pm Fri||Next working Tues||Next day, inc. Sat||Up to 3 working days*|
|Sat||Next working Tues||Mon||Up to 3 working days*|
|Sun||Next working Tues||Tues||Up to 3 working days*|
*After you receive your sample processing notification
Frequently asked questions
Do I need a COVID-19 swab test?
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss/change to your sense of taste and/or smell) you might want to get tested for the virus. The same goes for you if you’ve been in contact with someone who’s got the virus or has symptoms. You don’t have to have symptoms yourself to get a test.
Are your COVID-19 sampling kits fully regulated?
Yes. Our sampling kits include are CE-marked which means they conform to European standards for medical testing. The Roche antibody tests are legal to supply in the UK. Plus, the Doctors Laboratory (TDL) provides UK-accredited medical services globally.
Can I get a downloadable copy of my results?
Once your results are ready you can view and download your results from the ‘Documents’ section of your Patient Record.
Advice for travellers
Our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor service is suitable for travellers who have returned from overseas. It will determine whether or not you currently have the virus. It may help in shortening the time you have to quarantine on your return.
We do not recommend you use our LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor service for outbound travel purposes. We cannot guarantee you will receive your results within 72 hours. The downloadable copy of your results does not include personal information such as your passport number.
How does this COVID-19 test work?
When your test kit arrives, you’ll find a swab which you can use to collect a sample from your mouth and nose. Your sample is sent to our partner lab, where it will be tested for signs of the virus. If the result is positive, the test will indicate you currently have COVID-19.
How do I take the COVID-19 swab test?
You will need to insert the swab into your mouth and nose, carefully following the instructions we’ve provided in your test kit. Place your sample into the packaging provided and send it back to our partner lab using the prepaid postage that comes with your kit.
Your sample can only be posted in Royal Mail priority post boxes in the UK. This makes sure your sample will be handled with care and get to our partner lab as a priority. Find out more about priority post boxes and where your local one is.