A PHARMACY in Winsford is offering private Covid tests to help people who have been unable to book one through the NHS.

Adults and children over 12 years without coronavirus symptoms can now access PCR tests from Well Pharmacy in Wharton.

These can be ordered online through the pharmacy's website or can be carried out at the pharmacy.

The Covid-19 home self-swab test costs £120 including delivery.

The test-kit comes with prepaid postage and packing to facilitate returning swab samples to the pharmacy's partner laboratory for analysis.

The in-pharmacy Covid Testing Service also costs £120. Payment is taken when making an appointment.

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Well Pharmacy has revealed a study showing that one out every five people who tried to get a free NHS Covid test for themselves or their family have experienced difficulty.

Tim Baker, pharmacist at Well Wharton Pharmacy said: “I’m very proud of how our Well Wharton pharmacy has supported the community throughout the pandemic.

"We offer vital access to NHS healthcare services, advice and support to the local community. The new private Covid-19 PCR Test gives people with no symptoms a choice to find out if they currently have the virus or not.

"Whether you are making plans to travel, need a result for work or simply want peace of mind before seeing friends and family as government guidelines change, our Covid-19 PCR Test is 99 per cent accurate.

“We know how important it is to keep everyone safe, and as the pharmacist on site, I would like to reassure customers that I will be collecting your sample under strict procedures in our private consultation room.

"We have full PPE and can do this quickly and safely. You will receive results via an online portal two working days after the sample has been received by the lab for analysis, and if a negative result lands, you’ll get a Fit to Travel certificate that will be accepted by airlines and countries you may want to visit.

“We are here to help and discuss any concerns that people may have. Customers can have total confidence in our service – it’s effective, quick, and safe”.

Patients wishing to have the test in the pharmacy will be invited to complete an online pre-screening questionnaire to make sure they are not displaying any symptoms of the virus. A pharmacist will facilitate the swab test in our private consultation room, package the swab and send it to a laboratory to be tested, with results usually available within two working days of receipt by the lab.

To obtain a Covid-19 PCR Test online, customers can buy a test kit at shop.well.co.uk and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. For orders made before 5pm Monday to Friday the test kit will arrive next day.

For more information visit well.co.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-test