Coronavirus Testing - Home Sample Collection Kit

Government Compliant - Tests for COVID-19

  • Collection kit delivered to your home
  • Send kit back to lab Monday-Friday before Midday from Royal Mail priority postbox
  • Results available in 2-4 working days*
  • Samples analysed in accredited laboratory
  • Processed in same lab used by NHS GP's and hospitals
  • Self collection throat & nasal swab - no blood required
  • MHRA Registered UK Pharmacy
  • Discounts for all NHS staff and doctors (email for details)
  • Due to current high demand we are limiting the number of tests kits to five per customer. If you are looking to make a bulk order of kits please contact

*Please note that this timeframe is a guide as sample collection kits and returned samples are delivered by Royal Mail and all handling and delays are outside of our control. Please contact MedExpress if you haven't received your result within five working days of returning your testing kit.

**Due to exceptional demand, our partner laboratory have requested that patients must only order if they are symptomatic or require the test for business related travel. Orders will no longer be accepted for holiday travel purposes or if you are asymptomatic. Please note that we cannot guarantee a specific timeframe for results.


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Coronavirus Home Collection Testing Kit

  • 1 test kit - £145.00
  • 2 test kits - £290.00
  • 3 test kits - £435.00
  • 4 test kits - £580.00
  • 5 test kits - £725.00


How our service works

It’s quick, reliable and accurate to test for COVID-19 Coronavirus from MedExpress — your fully regulated, London, United Kingdom based online pharmacy.

home collection kits

Order up to 5 Coronavirus (Covid-19) home collection test kits online. The tests will be sent to you by next day delivery.

tests to lab

Use the self collection throat and nasal swabs as directed and send the kits back using the prepaid envelope from a priority post box Monday - Friday.

Results in
2-3 days

Your samples will be analysed in the lab and you will be notified of the results by SMS and email. Results can be checked online.

Do I need a COVID-19 Coronavirus home collection testing kit?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus, if you have been in contact with someone who has been infected or if you have recently been in a country with a high incidence of COVID-19, you can take a test to determine if you have been infected.

How do these Coronavirus testing kits work?

The Coronavirus home collection test kit contains a nasal and throat swab which collect a sample of cells which is sent back to a lab for testing. The lab peforms a very sensitive test that looks for the RNA of the virus using a technique called RT-PCR. RT-PCR tests work by detecting specific genetic material known as viral RNA within the virus. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.

Can I take the Coronavirus test at home?

The collection kit will be sent directly to your home. You will use the nasal and throat swab and return the sample in the prepaid envelope to the lab for analysis. You will be notified of the results in 2-3 days.

How do I send my results to the lab?

You will need to post your swab via a priority post box before Midday on the same day that the test is taken. You can identify priority post boxes by accessing the Royal Mail app or website and typing in your postcode.

You should not post your results on a Saturday or Sunday.

How long will it take to get the results?

The results will take 2-3 days once the lab has received it. You will be alerted as soon as the results have been received. Beware of rapid tests being sold which offer instant results as these are not advised by the UK government.

How do I get the results and how will I be notified?

You will receive an email and SMS notification when the lab has produced the results and you can login to our secure portal on our website to view the results. If you would like to receive an SMS with the test results you can add your mobile number to the form which comes with your test kit and the lab will message you the results directly.

Can I get a signed medical certificate or form with my results?

No, we cannot provide you with or sign any medical certificates or forms that indicate your test results.

Are these tests legal?

Yes these tests are completely legal. These are different to the rapid testing blood Coronavirus test kits which not advised by the UK government

Will these Coronavirus tests tell me whether I've previously been infected or if I am immune?

No, these tests will not tell if you have previously been infected or whether you are currently immune, they will only tell you if you are currently infected. Once you have recovered the virus is eliminated and these tests can no longer tell if you’ve been infected.

Are the Coronavirus tests accurate?

All tests are analysed in a lab using PCR.
  • Please note that it is not possible to guarantee that any test kit is 100% accurate and therefore there may be instances where results obtained from the test produces a false positive or negative even when used correctly.
  • If you think you may be suffering from any medical condition or if you have any queries about any medical matter, you should consult your doctor or other appropriate healthcare provider.
  • You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice or discontinue medical treatment due to the information obtained from any test kit obtained through MedExpress.

Are you offering any discounts to NHS or doctors?

Yes, for any doctors or NHS staff we are committed to providing the tests for no profit. Please contact us at for further details.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus?

The main symptoms are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
Authored 02 April 2020 by Dr Clare Morrison, Reviewed 02 April 2020 by Liyya Patel, Siobhan Titre Last updated 02 April 2020

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All our doctors and pharmacists are based in the UK and are registered with the General Medical Council and General Pharmaceutical Council.

Dr Clare Morrison

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 3441561

Dr Heather Currie

General Practitioner (Prescriber)
GMC: 2613354

Dr Syed Arfeen

Primary Care Physician
GMC: 6031426

Choosing Generic vs Branded Coronavirus home Sampling kit


Generic medicines contain the same active ingredient and are equally effective and equivalent as the branded products but are available at a lower price. Generic manufacturers have to demonstrate that they are medically identical to the branded product before they can be sold - i.e. they offer the same quality, strength, stability and effectiveness.