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What is the difference between a PCR test and a Lateral Flow Test?

If you are asked to book a COVID test due to either your child showing symptoms or a pupil or member of staff has received a positive COVID result and they have been in close contact with your child, you should book a PCR test in addition to any home Lateral Flow Tests that you may take.

The difference between the two test are:

- A lateral flow test is conducted at home, with you receiving an instant result from the test strip for you to then record on the NHS website yourself.

- A PCR test is a test that is sent to a lab.  It must be booked, preferably online at—you can either book a drop-in slot at a test centre (which many of our parents have done) or request a postal test to be delivered to your home for you to complete at home and then post back to the NHS.  Once you have completed the PCR test you will receive the result  from the NHS by email a day or so afterwards.