Boots to launch 12-minute Covid test to improve on two-day tests already available in Scotland

Boots is set to unveil a new Covid-19 testing service – and the pharmacy chain claims they can return results from swab tests in just 12 minutes.

Boots said the LumiraDx devices, which are able to quickly process swab tests to give customers same-day results, will be rolled out in selected stores over the next few weeks.

The high-speed Covid test will cost £120 and is aimed at those who are not exhibiting symptoms.

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Boots has also launched a 48-hour testing service which is currently available in 10 stores across Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Birmingham and Manchester, with plans to extend the program to more than 50 outlets across the nation.

Boots is set to unveil a new coronavirus testing service it says can return results from swab tests in just 12 minutes.
Boots is set to unveil a new coronavirus testing service it says can return results from swab tests in just 12 minutes.

The service is available as a private pre-flight test for customers who require one before travelling abroad, or as a solution for those who would prefer peace of mind before seeing friends and family.

Seb James, managing director of Boots UK and ROI, said the programme was being implemented as a way to help ease the pressure on the nation’s health services.

“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."

Customers who are not displaying any Covid-19 symptoms can book an in-store test through the company’s website boots.com.

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