Pharmacy chain Boots says it will offer a coronavirus testing service that returns results from swab tests within 12 minutes.
In an article published by the Guardian, BritAsia TV has learned the ‘LumiraDx devices’, which are able to quickly process swab tests to give customers same-day results, would be rolled out in selected stores over the next few weeks.
The price will be £120, which Boots said would make it one of the cheapest private Covid-19 tests available on the market. A spokesman for the retailer said the price could drop depending on demand.
The rapid test will not be authorised as a pre-flight test for customers who require one before travelling because the results will be processed through an in-store machine rather than a registered laboratory.
However, a separate 48-hour testing service launched by Boots will be eligible as a pre-flight service for £120.
Where will it be available?
10 stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow, with plans to extend across more than 50 outlets in the UK.
The Guardian stated, customers who are not displaying symptoms will be able to book an in-store test through the company’s website, Boots.com. People carrying Covid-19 symptoms or who suspect they have the virus are asked not to come in store — instead advised to stay at home and follow government guidance on isolation.
“Boots has supported the government’s Covid-19 testing programme from the very start and offering this new in-store service is the next step in our efforts to fight against the pandemic,” he said.
“We hope that by offering this testing option in local community stores, Boots can help ease pressure on the NHS and the government by providing additional access to testing and crucial reassurances for people across the UK.”