RT-PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) Testing
Terms & Conditions
1.1 Upon purchase, you agree to and accept these Terms and Conditions (“T&Cs”). These Terms and Conditions will prevail over any other terms and conditions provided to you in relation to the test.
1.2 The full test process comprises of a nasal and throat swab to obtain a sample which is then sent to our labs for analysis . The sample taking (nasal and/or throat swab) should take approximately 5 minutes and will require one of our trained clinicians supervising you take a sample from your throat and/or nose. The RT-PCR sample is labelled, secured and sent securely to our partner government registered laboratory for analysis.
1.3 The process and equipment we use carry CE-IVD approval for use in the UK and EU. The purpose of the test is to pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat for PCR test.
1.3.1 Some of our customers may be requesting our services as a way of satisfying the requirements of various countries for negative Covid-19 test results prior to travelling to their territories. Due to the constantly changing rules and regulations, individuals are responsible to assess the suitability of this test against the test requirements for their airline/destination country.
1.3.3 Blackburn Travel Clinic is unable to provide any advice or guidance with regards to the acceptance criteria for airlines/countries and accepts no liability for this or any consequential losses from failing to meet the airline or border control requirement.
1.4 A positive result confirms that the Covid-19 virus is present. A negative result means there was no evidence of the COVID-19 virus.
1.5 Our results are not a replacement for a full and proper medical investigation and/or a doctor’s advice. Our comments are based solely on the results in relation to what are considered normal ranges in the general population. If you have any concerns at all regarding any aspect of your health or your test results you should discuss them directly with your GP or a doctor.
1.6 In order to book a test, you must register and book online at https://www.blackburntravelclinic.co.uk. Whilst at the clinic you agree to abide by the rules, policies and instructions implemented by the clinic staff.
1.6.1 On arrival you will be welcomed by a team member who will help you to register your information and where applicable, check that you have all the required documentation (passport / copy, booking confirmation ).
1.6.2 If you are flying, you are responsible for ensuring that you book a suitable time slot which gives you enough time to complete the test process before you are required to check in for your flight. We can provide guidance to you in relation to when to expect results based on what time you take the test.
1.6.3 You are responsible for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the information requested in performing the tests. Where using our home test pack, you are responsible for ensuring the sample is taken correctly by following the instructions provided.
1.6.3 We aim to deliver your test results as follows:
18.104.22.168 RT-PCR test – For tests done in the morning clinic by11:30am you can expect results by 11:00am the day after your test via email. For tests taken after 12:00pm and before 6:30pm, you can expect results by 11:30 pm the day after your test via email
22.214.171.124 Home Test kits – Within 48hrs after the receipt of your test at our laboratory following you posting the kits via our pre-paid envelope. Your results will be issued via e-mail.
1.7 If you do not carry out any of the actions under 1.6 above, will not be able to provide the services to you and will not be liable for any loss or damages you may suffer as a consequence.
1.8 We or our partner laboratory are legally required to share certain information with Public Health England, or other governmental organisations, in relation to your test, including: personal information (e.g. name and date of birth); the result, whether negative or positive; and confirmation that the sample is one that the laboratory has tested for us. This information may be used as part of any test and trace service being operated by the government in your jurisdiction. By proceeding to book a testing appointment you accept the terms of this privacy notice.
1.9 We are not able to offer appointments to anyone under the age of 18 unless the registration process is completed by a parent or legal guardian. We would advise you to take advice from your GP or medical practitioner before booking an appointment for anyone under the age of 18 to understand if appropriate and checking individual airline and/or country requirements.
1.9.1 The process of taking a sample can be mildly invasive, so if you are unsure, take advice from your GP (e.g. if you are prone to nose bleeds, throat issues).
1.9.2 All our staff are properly trained to supervise the sample, and the procedures described above conform with a standard process.
1.9.3 If you require additional assistance for any reason, please call or email Team on the website.
2.1 We will not offer appointments in the following circumstances:
2.1.1 If you have had a positive antigen (swab) test for COVID-19 or developed any of the symptoms of COVID-19 within 10 days prior to your appointment. These symptoms can include: a fever (temperature over 37.8°C); loss of sense of taste or smell; new flu-like symptoms (runny or blocked nose; sore throat; shortness of breath; muscle aches and pains; headaches; overwhelming tiredness); or a new, continuous cough.
2.1.2 If travel to one of our testing sites is prohibited by the guidance of your local health authorities due to lockdown or other restrictions which may change from time to time.
2.1.3 If you have returned from a country in the 10 days prior to your appointment which requires a quarantine period under UK government guidelines, unless you can do so under Government guidelines, such as the Government approved Test to Release programme or Arrivals Testing. These Government guidelines may change from time to time.
2.1.4 If you have had contact with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the appointment as confirmed by the government’s test and trace service, or other public health authority.
2.1.5 If your household members or other people you have been in contact with have had a positive antigen (swab) test or developed the symptoms above in the 14 days prior to the appointment.
2.1.6 If any of the above apply to you, please wait the appropriate time period (which can be found on the government website), and we will be happy to book your appointment.
2.2 Test Detail
2.2.1 The test procedure, precautions, and interpretation of results for these tests is followed strictly when testing.
2.2.2 Failure to follow test procedures may impact on the interpretation of the outcome of the test results.
2.2.3 Negative test results do not rule out possible other non-COVID-19 viral infections.
2.2.4 Positive test results do not rule out co-infections with other pathogens.
2.2.5 A PCR test is the gold standard in COVID-19 testing and is the test used by the NHS.
2.2.6 It offers the most accurate results as it can detect even the smallest amount of virus. This means that a negative PCR test result provides the most reliable indication you can safely continue to work and travel.
2.2.7 A negative test result may occur if the level of viral RNA in a sample is below the detection limit of the test.
2.2.8 Due to the sensitivity of these tests, there is a very small chance the test result could be returned as inconclusive/failed. If a test result is inconclusive/failed it is not possible to say if the person being tested had the virus when the test was done and a retest must be carried out. In this event, you will be contacted directly by our team to arrange a retest at no extra cost. However, we cannot take responsibility to ensure your retest results will be available prior to your departure time. We will try our best to assist in ensuring the results are returned as soon as possible but on occasions this may mean the timescale is outside the flight departure times. Our retest times remain the same as indicated in 126.96.36.199.
2.2.9. A positive test indicates that viral nucleic acid is present in the sample. Given both the potential severity of the infection and the potential for rapid spread, positive results should generally be treated as if the someone is infectious, with isolation to prevent spread and clinical care if symptoms warrant it. Individuals may test positive for weeks or even months after their first positive test even though they are not infectious. It is possible that remnants of the virus causing COVID-19 infection can still be detected by PCR tests for up to 90 days after infection so you should consider that you may still get a positive result with a PCR test. Blackburn Travel Clinic cannot take any responsibility or consequential losses resulting from a positive result following a PCR Test. The test CANNOT be subject to another re-test following declaration by the laboratory of a positive detection. The result will have no bearing and cannot be subject to any comparison with any other self or laboratory tests undertaken on the days before ,during or after the testing sample being done in the clinic or home.
2.2.10 It is a legal requirement that Blackburn Travel Clinic, as a provider of the service, share all COVID-19 test results (positive, negative, inconclusive and failed) with Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace Programme.
2.2.11 With regards to the PCR tests required by Government for any UK arrivals testing, if your day 2 PCR test is positive, your sample will be subject to genome sequencing which may be carried out by a third party to check for variants of COVID-19, to comply with the Government Regulations.
By accepting these Terms & Conditions you agree to follow the guidance provided by us and our medical partners. We accept no liability for any loss or damage caused by non-compliance with this guidance.
By paying and booking for a test, you give us your consent to:
3.1. Proceed with the supervision of sample taking for the testing process at your chosen testing centre.
3.2 Allow Blackburn Travel Clinic to share any relevant personal data such as your name, date of birth, and passport number, among others, with the relevant third parties that may be involved in the provision of our service.
3.3 Allow Blackburn Travel Clinic to share any relevant personal data with local and national health authorities which require this information.
You also confirm that:
3.4 You have understood that any third party’s data will be held and shared in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
3.5 You have obtained the explicit consent from these third parties for their data to be held and shared in accordance with these same Terms and Conditions.
4.0 OUR LIABILITY
• References to liability in these Terms and Conditions include any kind of liability arising under or in connection with these Terms and Conditions including liability in contract, tort (including negligence), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise.
• Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall limit or exclude the liability of any party or another person for:
• death or personal injury caused by negligence.
• for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.
• for breach of any statutory duty; or
• for any act, omission or matter, liability of which may not be limited or excluded under any applicable law.
• To the extent permitted by law, Blackburn Travel Clinic, Buncerlane Pharmacy, Whalley Range Pharmacy, Shifa Healthcare Ltd and all third parties connected to us hereby expressly exclude:
• all conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law, or the law of equity.
• any liability for any direct, indirect, or consequential loss or damage, costs or expenses whatsoever incurred in the following circumstances.
• the laboratory being unable to test your sample for any reason,
• the test results not being made available to you within the stated turnaround time, where a delay is caused due to any events outside of our reasonable control,
• you miss your flight as a result of a delay caused by you or an inconclusive test result, whether following a successfully completed test or otherwise,
• your act, omission, or other failure to follow instructions provided to you in relation to sample collection or pre-sample preparation requirements,
• your failure to act upon our advice if we recommend that you seek medical advice or attention having taken a test,
• your failure to attend a pre-booked appointment; or
• any loss or damage that is not foreseeable.
• For all Home Tests:
• your failure to take your test sample in accordance with the directions laid out in your home test kit leading to an indeterminate or invalid test result.
• your failure to package your samples according to the instructions laid out in your home test kit may mean we are unable to test your sample and provide you with a result and/or inaccurate result.
• In the event that you are advised to use Royal Mail to return your test to us, your failure to use a Royal Mail post office to return you sample to us in accordance with the instructions provided in the home test kit.
• your failure to be available for the courier to collect your sample, may require you to book a second test
• liability for events outside of our control: This includes but is not limited to failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under these Terms and Conditions that is caused by any act or event beyond our reasonable control. If an event outside of our reasonable control takes place that affects the performance of our obligations under these Terms and Conditions, we will contact you as soon as reasonably possible to notify you of it. Our obligations under these Terms and Conditions will be suspended and the time for performance of our obligations will be extended for the duration of the event outside of our reasonable control taking place.
• Our total aggregate liability to you resulting from or arising in connection with any of these Terms and Conditions is limited to the total value paid under the particular Terms and Conditions entered by the parties – meaning the price you paid for our services – in respect of the services supplied to you by Blackburn Travel Clinic.
It is a legal requirement that Blackburn Travel Clinic, as a provider of the service, share all COVID-19 test results (positive, negative, inconclusive and failed) with Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace Programme.
• Blackburn Travel Clinic will not be held liable for losses, costs, damage that you suffer or incur as a result of any delays in receiving test results or as a result of inconclusive test results
• Blackburn Travel Clinic will also not be liable to you for any losses, costs or damages that you suffer or incur as a result of receiving a positive test result (including, if you are unable to travel as a result of testing positive)
• Service is subject to lab capacity, and specially trained colleague and stock availability
• It is a legal requirement that Blackburn Travel Clinic as a provider of the service share all COVID-19 test results with Public Health England and the NHS Test and Trace Programme.
5.0 REFUNDS CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES TO BOOKINGS
5.1 Cancelling your test.
All test cancellations requests must be made via email to : email@example.com, no verbal notification with be accepted. All refund requests must be made within 14 days of purchase. Any request for a refund after 14 days of purchase date will not be accepted and will not be processed.
5.2 UK Arrivals tests (Day 2 and/or Day 8 tests) – For cancellations requested 3 days or more before the arrival date to the UK, a full refund minus £10 administration fee per test will be issued.
5.2.1 For cancellations requested less than 3 days before the arrival date to the UK, a refund will not be issued (even if the purchase was made less than 3 days before the arrival date to the UK).
5.3 On-Site Clinic tests – If a clinic appointment is cancelled less than 24 hours from appointment time it will be subject to a full charge with no refund entitlement.
5.3.1 If you fail to attend an appointment without email notification at least 24 hours prior to appointment then you will be subject to a full charge with no refund entitlement.
5.3.2 All cancellations or refund requests will be subject to a minimum £10 administration fee.
5.4 Home Tests – any cancellation request must be made at least 4 full days before your test date and cannot be cancelled after the home test pack is dispatched to you.
5.4.1 The test kits are not suitable for return due to health protection or hygiene reasons, as per Article 28(3)(a) of the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 (“2013 Regs”)
5.4.2. Each test Kit is personalised with a unique reference number for the purposes of the testing process and further personalised with unique booking reference numbers due to government requirements for passenger locator forms The kit is therefore exempt from refunds as per Article 28(3)(b).
5.5 Arrivals Test Packages – If you test positive on your day 2 arrivals test, any remaining tests will be automatically cancelled, and no refund or voucher will be given. This is due to positive samples requiring additional processing to check for variants of COVID-19 as per UK Government regulations.
5.5.1. Any request to change the time or date of your booking will be subject to availability.
6.1. The price of our services is set out under the “Book a Test” menu option on the website.
6.2 Payment in full will be made on acceptance of the test Booking.
7.0 RIGHT TO VARY THESE TERMS
We reserve the right to reasonably amend these Terms & Conditions from time to time, as required.
8.0 OTHER IMPORTANT TERMS
8.1 We may transfer our rights and obligations under this Agreement to another organisation, but this will not affect your rights or our obligations under these Terms & Conditions.
8.2 This Agreement is between the person paying for our services and Blackburn Travel Clinic. No other person shall have any rights to enforce any of its terms, whether under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999 or otherwise.
8.3 Each of the paragraphs of the Terms operates separately. If any court or relevant authority decides that any of them are unlawful or unenforceable, the remaining paragraphs will remain in full force and effect.
8.4 You accept that communication with us will be both electronic and on paper. You agree to this means of communication and you acknowledge that all, notices, information, and other communications that we provide to you electronically or hard copy comply with any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.
8.5 If we fail to insist that you perform any of your obligations under the Terms & Conditions, or if we do not enforce our rights against you, or if we delay in doing so, that will not mean that we have waived our rights against you and will not mean that you do not have to comply with those obligations. If we do waive a default by you, we will only do so in writing, and that will not mean that we will automatically waive any later default by you.
8.6 Please do not photograph or film on any of our clinics, this is not permitted.
8.7 Any abusive behaviour to our staff will not be tolerated and we reserve the right to deny access to our testing services should such behaviour be evident.
9.0 CUSTOMER SERVICE
9.1 If you have a complaint about any aspect of the Service, please contact us via our Customer Service by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
10. GOVERNING LAW
This Agreement and any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of England and Wales. Each party irrevocably agrees that the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim (including non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with this agreement or its subject matter or formation.