Covid-19 testing solutions
Our Covid-19 testing solutions allow employers to check if employees currently have coronavirus.
Antigen tests look for the presence of coronavirus. Regularly testing employees can mitigate outbreaks in your work environment, whilst also protecting your business operations.
We have access to three UK government and CE approved rapid antigen test, which can be conducted on-site, as well as via reputable PCR testing, with results returned within 48 hours from our laboratory partners. We are also a government-approved provider of private testing solutions.
How we’ve helped other businesses
”Acacium Group and Thornbury Nursing Services were indispensable in helping King’s College London deliver lateral flow testing to enable our students to safely return home prior to Christmas and subsequently, to enable the ‘test to return’ and weekly test schedules in the new year, as we were required to do by the government. Their advice and assistance in helping set up our three testing sites was invaluable, as was their flexibility in managing the staffing resource as our needs changed, sometimes on a daily basis. King’s are proud of the service we were able to deliver to our students in these uncertain times but could not have managed it without Acacium Group and Thornbury Nursing Services.”
Richard Kent, Kings College London
”We’ve been really happy with the support Thornbury Nursing Services has given us over several months, to provide us with a personalised Covid testing service. Not only have I had great feedback from students and staff about the care and professionalism they have experienced in our testing centre but the flexibility of support as the regulations and requirements changed was brilliant and very reassuring.”
Andrew Young, COO, LSE
”The Thornbury nurses supporting us are all absolutely brilliant at meeting our requirements and engaging with the team doing both Thornbury’s and their reputations a great service. Therefore, while we look forward to the day when they are no longer required, they will all very much be missed when that day comes.”
Iain Mortimer, Apetito
Rapid Antigen Testing
Rapid antigen testing is a point-of-care nasal swab test that delivers an on the spot result when detecting the presence of live COVID-19 virus. It is carried out either on-site by a qualified healthcare professional, or remotely via video technology such as Zoom or Skype. One nurse can test around 10-15 people per hour. We supply the tests, the specialist trained staff to carry them out (either in person or remotely), and then if needed, an after-service to assist with any track and trace needs.
Our rapid antigen testing solution can be used to test employees on a regular basis, giving them confidence that they are safe at work. It can also be used in response to a potential outbreak and to protect the wider workforce. Our nurses can be deployed on-site or remotely, at very short notice to test your staff and help avoid any closure to your operations. Please check out our latest video on the benefits of rapid antigen testing here.
PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test
The PCR test looks for evidence that the virus is currently in your body, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose/throat. A qualified healthcare professional will insert a swab into the nose and/or throat of an individual requiring testing. This swab will be inserted into a test tube and sent off to a laboratory on the day. Results are usually returned within 48 hours. We can provide a qualified healthcare professional to help interpret results once they are returned, and offer advice to anyone who is concerned about their result.
Rapid antigen testing v PCR testing
|Turnaround time||Accuracy||Cost per test|
|Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)||Up to 3 days to get results*||99.3%||£100+|
|Rapid Antigen PoC Nasal Swab||15-minutes||97%||£20 – £65|
Our rapid antigen nasal-swab test has comparable sensitivity and accuracy, with a few percentage points less sensitivity than the PCR test. A PCR test is 99.3% accurate and a nasal-swab test is 97% accurate. Test accuracy is also heavily dependent on the test being conducted under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, be that in person or remotely.
However, the lower sensitivity level is mitigated by the fact that the nasal-swab test delivers results within 15 minutes. The PCR test can take up to 3 days to return once someone is able to get an appointment with the lab.
The cost of a PCR test is over £100 with the rapid antigen nasal-swab test costing between £20 and £65, dependent on clinical support needed, is easier to use and far less uncomfortable for the person being tested as it is not as invasive as previous swab tests.
Trained health professionals, available at short notice
We can mobilise qualified nurses, healthcare assistants and phlebotomists across the country at short notice, so wherever your place of work, we can reach you quickly. Our extensive pool of health professionals and large-scale testing capacity allows us to perform multiple tests on a daily basis, with results available within 15 minutes, a faster turnaround time than government-issued tests. You will also receive expert, clinical support and advice, either onsite or remotely, to interpret test results and advise on the next steps.
If you would like more information on how we can support you and your employees to get back to work safely, please complete the form below and we’ll get back to you. If your query is urgent, you can call our specialist team on 0370 350 0999 or email COVIDtesting@acaciumgroup.com