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Full Respiratory Panel PCR Test
Our tests detect 22 different causes of respiratory infection using highly sensitive and specific PCR technology, at the same time and all from a simple nose or throat swab, with results delivered in little over an hour from the moment the sample reaches our lab. It can be difficult or impossible to tell these infections apart, just from symptoms and examination, but it can become crucially important to know the precise diagnosis.
You can see the full list of pathogens we test for, below.
Individual PCR tests for some of these pathogens (and of course also for SARS-CoV-2) are also available.
This winter has already seen high rates of infection. Pinpointing the cause of a respiratory infection can make a dramatic difference to treatment and management. Anti-viral medicines are available to treat influenza (flu), SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19). Infections such as Mycoplasma (currently the cause of outbreaks this winter) and whooping cough are treatable with antibiotics.
With other infections, antibiotics may be ineffective, but it can still be valuable to know with certainty that they are not needed. Controlling the spread of infection, protecting vulnerable people from COVID-19, and understanding the likely severity and course of an infection, all add to the importance of an accurate diagnosis.
Getting an answer in under 2 hours makes this a powerful clinical tool.
Respiratory PCR test results help clinicians make better-informed decisions about diagnosis and treatment, and helps avoid speculative and unnecessary treatment when it is clearly not needed.
It is not necessary for you to come to the clinic in person to have this test: if you are unwell, we can send you a swab with a courier, who will wait for you to take the sample and return it to our lab.
Remove the Guesswork...
Find out the exact cause of your symptoms in under 2 hours.
PCR technology is used to target the genetic material of viruses and bacteria that cause infection, and amplifies the tiniest traces to make them detectable and identifiable. Due to the pandemic, everyone became familiar with PCR for testing for Covid-19 but it can be done for much more than this. It is a quick and efficient way of identifying the disease-causing organism that is making you feel unwell.
We test for multiple causes from a single sample, so we can clearly pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. Identification allows tailored treatment to make you feel better again.
Quickly ease your worries by pinpointing the exact cause of your symptoms.
Our most extensive Full Respiratory Panel PCR tests for the "top 22" causes of upper respiratory infection, all at the same time. Find out the exact cause of your symptoms.
We typically provide results within 2 hours of the sample reaching our lab: £295
If you can't come to the clinic we can also arrange courier sample collection.
The 4-panel Respiratory PCR tests you for the "top 4" causes of upper respiratory infection. This PCR tests includes testing for Covid-19 but also tests for flu and RSV at the same time.
What does a Full Respiratory Panel PCR test for?
Our most comprehensive test looks for the “top 22” causes of upper respiratory infection, including cold and influenza viruses, and whooping cough, all at the same time.
Here's the full list of the respiratory infections we test for:
Adenovirus, SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus 229E, Coronavirus HKU1, Coronavirus NL63, Coronavirus OC43, Human Metapneumovirus A+B, Influenza A, Influenza A H1, Influenza A H3, Influenza A H1N1/pdm09, Influenza B, Parainfluenza virus 1, Parainfluenza virus 2, Parainfluenza virus 3, Parainfluenza virus 4, Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus A+B, Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydophila pneumoniae & Mycoplasma pneumoniae.
Alternatively, there is a 4-panel option available, which looks for the “top 4” causes:
SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19), Influenza A & B (Flu) and RSV.
It was a massive relief to know exactly what she had.- A. Humphreys
Over the weekend, our 6-week old daughter developed the sniffles. As new parents, we were very concerned since we live in the same house as my father, who had been isolating for the past week because of Covid. We sent a saliva swab to the Fleet Street Clinic, and about 2 hours later we received confirmation not only that she was Covid-free, but that she had a confirmed PCR diagnosis of rhinovirus infection – a simple cold. It was a massive relief to know exactly what she had.
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Why do I need a Respiratory Pathogen Panel test?
You may need this test if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection and are at risk for complications.
Most respiratory infections cause mild to moderate symptoms. But the infections can be serious or even life threatening to young children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems.
Symptoms of a respiratory infection include:
- Trouble breathing
- Sore throat
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Loss of appetite
The tests may help confirm your diagnosis and guide treatment.
Same day appointments are usually available and ultra rapid results can be booked throughout the day.
A Full Respiratory Panel PCR Test offers you peace of mind by identifying the cause of illness with as little tests as possible. This test plays a crucial role in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of upper respiratory infections in patients.
All that’s needed is a small swab from the throat and/or nose. This then goes into a small plastic vial containing liquid solution. Using our in-house lab, the sample is tested right away and takes a little over 1 hour to process on the machine.
PCR stands for “polymerase chain reaction” which is a biochemical method of searching samples for the tiniest traces of genetic material belonging to disease-causing organisms, and then amplifying them to a point where they can be easily detected to determine if an infection is present. This can be done for any disease-causing organism and we can test for multiple causes within the same sample – making it really quick and efficient at identifying illnesses. We can clearly pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and work out the best course of treatment.
Yes, we have an onsite pharmacy based at 29 Fleet Street Clinic. Once a diagnosis has been made, the correct treatment such as antibiotics or antiviral medications can be dispensed right away.
One of our nurses can come to you, to take a sample. If you are happy to take a swab yourself, we can send you a swab with a courier, who will wait while you take the sample and then bring it back to our lab for processing – we’ll send you the result without delay.