COVID-19 In-Clinic Testing Service

In-Clinic Testing Service

From £25

COVID-19 PCR (Fit to Fly) Swab Test & Lab Analysis


Day 2 (Fit to Fly) In Clinic Supervised Antigen Testing


COVID-19 PCR Home Testing Kit

Home Test Kits

From £1.99 With Free UK Delivery
or click & collect

Flowflex Antigen
Rapid Home Self Testing Kit


DAY 5 Test to Release PCR
Home Testing Kit


Health Plus Pharmacy is a UK Government approved COVID-19 in-clinic testing provider in Cardiff & Pontypool for the Test to Release for international traveller scheme as well as for general commercial testing.

If you want a test for the Test to Release scheme, you will need a booking reference number from Health Plus Pharmacy to fill in on your Passenger Locator form. To get this number go to your nearest Health Plus Pharmacy in Cardiff & Pontypool offering the testing service, register an account and complete your initial consultation.

Your booking reference number will be your Health Plus Pharmacy patient ID.

We’re all trying to get back to some sort of normal but it’s difficult to know what we can and can’t do safely.

While the UK national testing programme is in place for those with symptoms of COVID-19, pharmacies across the country are helping to meet the demand for widespread testing for those who do not have symptoms.

Whether we’re planning to go on holiday, visit a friend or relative or maybe get back to work or get out of quarantine as soon as possible, we need to know our COVID-19 status to make sure we’re not putting ourselves and others at risk of infection.

If you are looking for on-site COVID testing for your business or organisation, we can provide bespoke solutions.

Antibody, antigen, PCR, finger pricks, swabs, lab analysis....there’s a lot of confusion around which test we need and how they all work.

While there are some test kits approved for home use, in many instances it is either a requirement or at least more appropriate that testing is carried out by a healthcare professional.

Pharmacists can advise on the right test to give those of us who don’t have symptoms the peace of mind needed to get back to doing the things we’ve missed.

What Is PCR Testing?

Recognized as one of the most important scientific advances of the 20th century,1 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a quick, easy way to create unlimited copies of DNA from just one original strand. These millions of copies of a section of DNA are made in just a few hours with the goal to recreate enough DNA for multiple testing uses, such as sequencing or infection identification. It is also used for food safety, forensics, epidemiology and many other disciplines beyond diagnostics testing.

There are two important components in PCR testing – the Primers and the Probes.

  • Primers are the short sequences of nucleotides that our DNA is made of that binds together in a unique way. The “Primer” is the starting point, or region of DNA, that is identified for copy. Two primers are used and are bound to each end of our template DNA. The area in between these primer regions is then replicated by the polymerase. Like a copy machine, it keeps printing the sequence over and over, creating a significant amount of genetic material.
  • Probes bind very specifically to the amplified material after replication and give off a light signal that can be detected. The more the sequence is present (from replication) the more light it will give off providing a clearer picture for a more accurate test. The very specific nature of the primers and probes binding produce that light, and the amount generated is what gives us confidence in identifying positive or negative results.

Reference: Mark R. Hughes, Deputy Director of the National Center for Human Genome Research at the National Institutes of Health (Human Genome Project).

PCR — The Gold Standard in Diagnostic Testing

The “gold standard” refers to the highest quality, or benchmark, of a specific practice, product or technology. Understanding this definition, PCR technology is considered that benchmark in many aspects of diagnostic testing, since it can theoretically identify and detect a target with a single copy present in the sample. The ideal diagnostic is both specific and sensitive, meaning that targets, even at an extremely low concentration, test positive and false negatives do not slip through the cracks. For example, one gene that detects chlamydia, may not be as good as two genes specific for chlamydia.

Multiple targets in the test design, when positive, provide more confidence that there is a correct diagnosis. PCR technology is also rapid, and can be performed in hours to minutes compared to traditional methods such as culture, which is labor intensive and can take days to produce a result.

Other diagnostic testing methods, like culture or serology, may not provide the same level of sensitivity as PCR. Therefore, the risk of false negatives increases in critical testing scenarios where organisms or viruses may be difficult to grow, or detect an immune response to. This is why PCR is considered the gold standard by many across the diagnostic community. Roche Diagnostics has a lengthy history of creating high quality PCR-based molecular tests across a wide spectrum of diseases and utilized this technology to rapidly develop the SARS-CoV-2 test in response to the evolving pandemic.