Find out if you have COVID-19 by booking a lateral flow test (LFT) for just £17.50

When you order your lateral flow test kit from Bupa, you can call our Anytime HealthLine, at no extra cost, if you need to discuss your results. Our dedicated customer service team is also available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Need a lateral flow test for travel?

Depending on the country you are travelling to, they may require you to have a COVID-19 lateral flow test (LFT). The rules and restrictions for each country are different, and they can change often and with little notice. Use the government website to check if you need proof of vaccination for your destination, or if you need to quarantine when you arrive.

Bupa’s lateral flow test: £17.50 per test

How do you use Bupa’s lateral flow testing service for travel?

Lateral flow testing is a well-established and fast way to find out if you currently have COVID-19. It tests for the presence of viral antigens in your body. A lateral flow test can help you find out if you are currently infectious, which would mean you could transmit the virus to others.

A lateral flow test kit contains a swab for taking a sample. There’s also a small cassette, containing a well into which you insert your sample, and a window for reading your results. The window will show one line (the ‘control’) if your result is negative, and two lines if you’re found to be currently infected with COVID-19.

Lateral flow tests look for a protein which is found in a membrane within the virus. On the other hand, a PCR test detects the virus’ RNA, which means its genetic material.

  • PCR tests are so sensitive that they can detect very small amounts of RNA, including after the virus has been inactivated by the immune system (it can take weeks for viral RNA to degrade). This means that you could test positive after doing a PCR test even if you’re not currently infected. PCR tests also enable the detection of the variant, which a lateral flow test can’t.
  • A lateral flow test will only report a positive result if it finds a live virus’ membrane protein. Therefore, this test is better suited to identifying people who are currently infectious and most likely to be a risk to others.

We provide the Hughes lateral flow test. Clinical trials from the UK, USA, Sweden and China show a combined accuracy of 98.6% (96.8% diagnostic sensitivity and 99.3% specificity). The test kits are approved for home use.

No. It’s no longer mandatory for you to report your result.

It’s no longer mandatory for you to self-isolate. However, it’s advised that you stay home and keep away from others.

If the window in your lateral flow test cassette shows no lines at all, or one line next to the ‘T’ then your result is inconclusive, or ‘void’. In this case, you must re-do the test with a fresh testing kit.

Bupa Occupational Health Limited provides testing for COVID-19 by working together with The Doctors Laboratory Limited.

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