How to Administer a Rapid Antigen Test

Read below a full list of information on how to self-administer your COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test. 

Step by Step Instructions

  1. -Wash your hands  –  Wash your hands thoroughly and clean your testing area.
  2. Add 3 drops of buffer into a test tube – place in an upright secure location for later use.
  3. Swab both nostrils – Open the swab packaging (do not touch the cotton end) and insert it into your nostril at a 90°angle. Push the swab 3cm into your posterior nasopharynx and rotate 5 times. Repeat in other nostril.
  4. Place Swab into Test Tube – Place the swab into the test tube that was prepared earlier. Mix the swab into the buffer solution properly,  pressing the sides of the tube gently. Do this for 1 minute, aiming to remove as much residue as possible.
  5. Preforming a test – Dispose of your swab and place the nosel-lid on the test-tube. Turn the test tube upside -down and push 3 drops of the solution on the cassette well. 
  6. Interpreting results – Leave the sample for 15 minutes and then view the cassette results. Do not interpret results after a 25-minute period has elapsed as they will be incorrect. View the image on this page to assist with interpreting results. 

Interpreting Results

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A Coloured line will appear at the top section of the window if the test is working properly.

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Even if the control line is faint, the test should be considered to have been preformed properly. If there is no control line, the test is inaccurate.

In the case of a positive result another coloured line will appear in the lower section of the window, even if the line is faint.

Antigen Results

How to Administer a Rapid Antigen Test PDF.

View the instruction PDF.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the test take?

The sample collection should take no more than 5 – 10minutes. The results take 15 minutes to generate. 

What if I don't see any lines?

This means the sample has not been administered correctly and should be re-administered with a new kit. 

What if I test positive?

Please follow government guidelines on self-isolating. We also recommend you order an RT-PCR test to confirm these findings.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

Can I have a nurse administer the tests?

Yes, we can send out a nurse to your home or office address if you require. Contact us for further advise. 

How accurate are the results?

The test, if performed correctly, has been shown to be 96.7% accurate. 

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