Test to Release
The Walcote Practice is a UK Government approved provider of the “Test to Release” scheme for international travel, as well as general COVID-19 testing. This scheme allows that those arriving/ returning from a country not on the government’s travel corridor list can reduce quarantine requirement from ten days on the basis of a negative approved SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) test at five days.
Why use The Walcote Practice for Test to Release?
We are a small independent practice serving the needs of patients in Winchester, Hampshire and beyond. We elected to become part of the Test to Release provision in order to ensure that a comprehensive suite of services are available to existing and prospective clients during the pandemic period. Each test request is approved, tracked and results returned by one of our GPs, who are directly accountable for quality and outcomes. We pride ourselves on our efficiency and responsiveness. We envisage that those most likely to benefit from our Test to Release service would be local clients who could deliver their samples into reception on a weekday morning to take advantage of our laboratory courier service for a next day result, potentially reducing their quarantine period to a minimum of six days.
How does the “Test to Release” process work?
You can order your test kit from The Walcote Practice by entering your details in the form below. The test kit should be requested and paid for 24hrs before arrival in the UK. Please also remember to fill in the passenger locator form at this point.
On arrival, you should proceed directly to your place of quarantine and start self isolating as per government instructions.
On Day 5 after arrival you will receive your sample kit by post (unless Day 5 is a Sunday/ Bank Holiday). Please follow the clear instructions to take a nasal and throat sample. Return in the registered envelope provided, in a priority post box prior to the last post. Alternatively, the sample can be dropped at our reception in Winchester on a weekday morning for same day courier service to the laboratory. Once the sample arrives, our laboratory will conduct Gold Standard RT PCR testing within 24hrs.
When will I receive my result?
As soon as we receive your result from our laboratory (Day 6 for couriered samples or Day 7/8 for posted samples), we will forward the result/ certificate to you. A negative result allows that you can legally cease self isolation. If the result is positive you and your household must continue to self isolate for a further ten days from the date of the sampling, as per government advice.
The fee for this service is £225pp. Should you wish to proceed, please complete the form below and submit. We will then confirm receipt of details and an invoice will be raised; payment must be received by bank transfer or card prior to releasing your sampling kit. Please note that we cannot accommodate clients for Test to Release sampling in person due to the need to reduce risk to our registered patients and maintain strict infection control measures at the surgery.