COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Cassette
(Saliva/Nasopharyngeal Swab)

Principle of Test

The COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Cassette (Saliva/Nasopharyngeal Swab) is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of COVID-19 antigen in Saliva and Nasopharyngeal Swab. The identification is based on the monoclonal antibodies specific for the Nucleocapsid (N) protein of SARS-CoV-2. It is intended to aid in the rapid differential diagnosis of COVID-19 infections.

What to expect?

A COVID-19 test is a quick test to tell if you have COVID-19. It is a nasal-pharyngeal swab, which means inserting a long cotton bud about 2.5cm into your nose to take the swab – the swab is rotated around a number of times to obtain a samplefor testing.

Taking the swab maybe uncomfortable, but it is not painful. The best advice is to just relax and stay clam while the test is conducted and it should be over in about 5 seconds.

The process for testing is the same for everyone at the moment, even for small children or people with additional support needs. There are staff on hand to support you at each of our testing centres.