An in-store Covid-19 testing service is being introduced by Boots UK at a cost of £120.
The service, with results provided in 12 minutes, is being made available as a private pre-flight test for customers who require a test before travelling abroad.
The tests will initially be made available in ten stores in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow for people travelling to the UAE.
It is also being touted an accessible solution for those seeking peace of mind before seeing friends and family, Boots said.
The service is being specifically offered for those without Covid-19 symptoms as part of efforts to support the NHS and local communities during the pandemic.
The instore testing will launch at £120 per test. The fee reflects costs related to lab testing, product materials, courier service, digital solution, staffing and VAT, according to the company.
A separate PCR test will see swabs sent to a private laboratory to be tested, with results emailed to customers “usually” within 48 hours of their in-store appointment.
Boots plans to extend the service to more than 50 stores across the UK over the next few weeks.
“Depending on demand and feedback, the launch may extend to 200 stores over the coming months,” Boots said.
The technology has been developed by UK-based life sciences company LumiraDx, which has also struck a deal to provide supplies to the NHS in Scotland.
Boots UK and Ireland managing director Seb James said: “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.
“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.”
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