Respiratory Viral Screen


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Respiratory Viral Screen

About this test

Viruses are minute infectious agents that multiply inside living cells. They are so small that most can only be seen with an electron microscope. Their sole activity is to invade cells of living organisms which they take over to make copies of themselves. All viruses have the same basic structure but their shape or size may vary. Unlike bacteria viruses cannot be grown in culture and antibiotics are not an effective treatment against them. There are some anti-viral drugs now available that work by either preventing viruses from entering a cell or by altering their ability to replicate.

Viruses can cause disease in a variety of ways:

  • They may destroy or disrupt the activity of the cells they invade - seriously so if vital organs are affected
  • The response of the body's immune (defence) system may lead to symptoms - fever and fatigue
  • Interaction with the chromosomes of the host cell - i.e. viruses can cause cancer
  • They may cause disease by weakening the body's immune (defence) system allowing other illnesses to develop - as in AIDS.

The body's defence to virus invasion is fairly rapid but a virus is able to hide from the immune system allowing the infection to recur or become chronic.

How it works

Collect Sample

We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.

Post Sample

Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.

View Results

View results securely in your own personal dashboard.

Important Information

Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.

Blood sample collection kit

We will send you your Respiratory Viral Screen blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.

Postage & packaging

Your Respiratory Viral Screen test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.

Private laboratory analysis

Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.

Interpretation of results

Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Respiratory Viral Screen test results can be downloaded for your doctor.

Secure online account

Once you have placed your order you can visit where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Respiratory Viral Screen test results.

Health and Lifestyle tracker

Stay motivated by filling in your online health and lifestyle questionnaire and seeing how improvements in your lifestyle can influence your test results. Your medical and family history gives us vital information when interpreting your results.

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