Testing for Infection

Infectious disease tests are used to diagnose specific diseases. Tests may be administered as a part of a routine health screening or if you are experiencing specific signs or symptoms.

At REMEDI HEALTH  in Winchester, we have a wide range of infectious disease tests which can be used to demonstrate that you do not have a disease e.g. HIV, or to help with diagnosis and therefore treatment.

 

Book an Infection Test

To book a specific test, simply find a time and date that is convenient. We have testing for many infectious agents but if you wish to check beforehand, contact the clinic or leave a message with your booking.

In addition to checking your requirements, we will commonly take a sample during your appointment.

Appointment £30
Phlebotomy if required £30
Testing fee depends on lab costs

Please note, infectious disease testing may be recommended as part of a general consultation to help with diagnoses. In this instance the usual consultation fee will apply.

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Safe, private clinic

Our beautiful award-winning clinic is in the centre of Winchester and we look forward to welcoming you. Keeping you and others safe is our priority and so if you are unwell, please let us know in advance.

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Trained clinicians

Your appointment will be with a trained clinician in one of our private consultation rooms at our clinic in Winchester. If a blood test is required, this can be carried out during your appointment, by a trained phlebotomist.

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UKAS accredited laboratories

We only use UKAS accredited laboratories for our testing which means that you can be confident that your test is quality assured and the report will be accepted for official purposes. 

About this service

You should get tested for an infectious disease if you suspect you may have been exposed to one, particularly if the disease is known to have serious potential complications or requires a specific treatment.

The goal of screening for infectious diseases is to identify and treat people with infections before they develop complications and before they spread disease to others.

At your appointment, we understand your needs, and if you are unwell consider differential diagnosis to determine which test is appropriate. We will then perform the appropriate test(s). This is could be by venous blood draw , taking a urine sample, stool sample or swab of the affected area(s). The sample is then sent to the laboratory. Results frequently come back the same day if done in the morning.

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What are infectious diseases?

Infectious diseases can be transferred from person to person by a variety of means – whether through airborne particles, bodily fluid exchange, or even a simple handshake – and can spread from host to host through both direct and indirect contact.

Testing allows us to verify if the symptoms you are experiencing are caused by an infectious disease.

Who should be tested?

You should get tested for an infectious disease if you suspect you may have been exposed to one, particularly if the disease is known to have serious potential complications.

Even though you may be asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms, you may still be able to spread the infection to those around you. Some infectious diseases can lead to serious health complications or even death, particularly for those who are immunocompromised.

The goal of screening for infectious diseases is to identify and treat people with infections before they develop complications and before they spread disease to others.

Additionally, screening attempts to identify, test, and treat those who have been in contact with you in order to prevent continued spread of the infection.

Types of testing

There are two main ways of detecting whether or not the infection is or was present in your body – looking for antibodies against the infectious agent or looking for the infectious agent (antigen) itself.

Serological testing looks for antibodies, your body’s reaction to an infection, in order to verify previous exposure.

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing (also called NAAT for nucleic acid amplification testing) is a highly specific test that detects the presence of the infectious agent’s unique genetic material (DNA or RNA).

Testing may involve physical examination, oral swabs, urine tests, vagina swabs, stool tests, blood tests and swabs of skin lesions. 

There are many tests we can undertake at REMEDI HEALTH and we might suggest these during a consultation.

Please contact us for more information if you have a specific requirement.

Can we help you?

Our team are standing by to help you with any questions or queries that you may have. We can advise you on the best test, product or service for your requirements.