Frequently asked questions

How much does a Covid-19 test cost?

Lord’s Pharmacy is pleased to offer a complete range of Covid-19 tests. The prices for each test are:

All our tests are taken by our trained staff on-site and are the gold standard PCR test. (Except for the rapid antigen test)

How do I book a Covid-19 test?

Tests can be booked online. Select the Covid-19 test you require from the Book 19 Covid tests tab. You are then able to select an appointment time to visit our pharmacy for your test to be performed.

Can I change or cancel my test?

Please provide at least 24 hours notice for a request to change or cancel a booking.
You can email our staff at or call 020 7586 9668 to make any changes or to request a refund.

Test details and timings

All our tests are taken by our trained staff. PCR test requires a swab to be taken off the back of your throat and nose. It can be a little uncomfortable but should not hurt.

When should I be tested if I need a negative result for my flight?

Different airlines and countries have different requirements regarding when a test must be taken. Many require a negative PCR test to be carried out no more than 72 hours before a flight. We advise you check the government’s foreign advice for your destination to establish their exact requirements.

What if I have symptoms of Covid-19?

If you have symptoms of Covid-19 you should not attend our pharmacy and you are asked to confirm this at the time of booking your appointment. 

Do I need to wear a face mask?

We recommend that a face mask is worn when you visit the pharmacy for your test.

What type of PCR test do you offer?

The PCR test is a UKHSA-approved gold standard test. It is a SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) real-time swab. This is a nasopharangeal test which involves taking a throat swab and a nasal swab. We are not aware of any countries not accepting this test for border entry. Please check the exact requirements before booking.

 Antigen Test

A rapid antigen test (LFT) detects current Covid 19 infection.  This is a nasal swab test and  the results are available in 15-30 minutes.

What identification do I need?

When attending your appointment it is preferable to bring your passport with you or other photo identification. Your ID needs to match the name given on the booking form.

What is the difference between a PCR test and an antigen test?

A PCR is the gold standard test to determine if you currently have Covid-19. TThe PCR test tests your DNA for any traces of the virus by detecting the viral genetic material.  This test used by most countries for entry purposes.

An Antigen test, also called a rapid flow test is also used to check current infection. This has the advantage of being quicker and cheaper than a PCR test as the test looks for specific proteins on the surface of the virus which is why the results come back quicker than the PCR test.  The antigen test can be less accurate at lower viral loads.

Some countries do accept an antigen test as a condition of entry but it is advisable to check the requirements of the country you are traveling to.

Can my child have a Covid-19 test?

We do carry out PCR tests on children but some staff may not be comfortable taking a swab from very young children as it can be stressful for the child if carried out by a stranger. If this is the case staff will be able to assist and guide parents to take a swab from the child

Are you UKAS Accredited

Yes, we are UKAS Accredited to UKAS ISO 17025. Please view our Certificate of Accreditation and Schedule of Accreditation.

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