Test to Release

What is Test to Release?

When entering the UK from a country that is not on the government’s travel corridor list, you need to self-isolate for 10 days. Test to release is a government scheme that allows you to end your self-isolation early if you present a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result. Kings Medical Centre is an approved provider of these tests.
This test must be done at least five days after your arrival to the UK. The day of arrival is day 0 (zero). So for instance, if you arrive on Monday, you will be able to do the test to release from Saturday.

All our tests are carried out in our medical centre and the results are certified by one of our doctors.

If you wish to receive a home test kit for test to release, please contact us and one of our team members will be able to help you. 

At home
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In clinic
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In Clinic Test to Release

  • You will be allowed to travel to the test centre to take your RT-PCR test.
  • You will be issued with a reference number when you book test to release test. Please bring this reference number when attending our medical centre.
  • If you are arriving from a red list country, you will not be able to participate in the test to release scheme.

People travelling to the United Kingdom from outside the Common Travel Area and not travelling from a red list country must:

  • Self-isolate for 10 days;
  • Take a compulsory RT-PCR home test on day 2 and on day 8 of their self-isolation.
  • Follow National Lockdown Rules.

Step 1

Before arriving to the UK, make sure to book your RT-PCR test. You will need the booking reference in order to be allowed into the Test to Release scheme.

Step 2

Upon arriving in the UK, go straight to the place where you will be quarantining.

Step 3

On day 5 of self-isolation, attend our medical centre with or without an appointment to get test to release Covid PCR test.

Step 4

Results will be provided within 24 hours. Once you receive a negative test, you will be able to end your self-isolation.

At Home Test to Release

Step 1

Order your kit

When ordering your kit online, make sure that you double-check your details so that our courier is able to find your home. Orders placed before 2 PM Monday-Friday will be delivered the next working day.

Step 2

Activate your test kit

Once you receive the test kit by post, activate your kit online. We will not be able to deliver your results if you do not activate the kit online. We will send you a 4 digit pin code via email which is unique to your barcoded kit. Please click here to activate your kit by entering your kit barcode and the pin number.

Step 3

Taking the swab

Please follow the Instruction Sheet for more information on taking, registering, and returning the sample. These instructions will also be included with your Home Kit.

Step 4

Return your kit

You will see that your return envelope already contains a Royal Mail Tracked 24 return label. Once you have finished packing your test, all you have to do is seal the envelope and drop it at the nearest Royal Mail priority postbox, so that we receive it at our lab as soon as possible.
Once your sample arrives at the lab, you will receive your results the following day.

Please note that we do not receive any samples at the laboratory on weekends and bank holidays.

I authorise TSM Health -Kings Medical Centre to order COVID-19 Test for me for the extraction of coronavirus RNA and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis of the RNA to detect COVID-19 infection and genomic sequencing of all positive donor samples with a cycle threshold (CT) value of < 30 

I acknowledge that in the event that my COVID-19  Test has a positive result then, as is required by law pursuant to the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010, my test result and personal details, which may include my name, date of birth, gender, home address, telephone number, NHS number, occupation, place of work, ethnicity and the fact that I have tested positive for COVID 19 must be communicated to Public Health England, either directly by the laboratory. 

I understand that the Laboratory will be unable to erase my test results, which are required as evidence of clinical practice. 

I understand that TSM Health- Kings medical Centre will be responsible for receiving my results and communicating them to me. 

I understand that the COVID-19 Test is to be used for screening purposes only as a convenient and confidential way of me getting tested quickly for a COVID-19 infection. The results are not intended to replace medical advice, nor should they be used as a full diagnosis, or to prescribe medication without consulting an appropriate medical professional.  

I confirm that I have read and understood the purpose for which the sample and data collected will be used.

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