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RubyTrees · 14/11/2020 14:48

I’m having minor (day) surgery next month and have been asked to take a drive-through Covid test at another hospital.

I’ve previously done a self-swab test as part of a research study a few months ago and I’m pretty sure I didn’t do it properly - was gagging too much and my tongue kept getting in the way. I had watched the instructional video and took it slowly but I still messed up so my subsequent negative result wasn’t very useful.

I’m now worried I’ll have the same experience with the surgery pre-assessment test and would much prefer to have it done by someone else. Has anyone who’s had a drive-through test been given the option of having it done by someone else or did you have to do it yourself?

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kleew1 · 14/11/2020 14:54

I had it done. They do it. Very swift and professional, over in around 30 seconds. Absolutely nothing to worry about.

Ive seen a video going about online of a man making a big scene of it and it really annoyed me!

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Bramblespoint · 14/11/2020 14:56

If the test came back negative you did it correctly - it would have come back inadequate if you'd done it wrong

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coastergirl · 14/11/2020 15:02

I had one this morning and had to do it myself.

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RubyTrees · 14/11/2020 15:10

@kleew1, thanks, I'm hoping for a similar experience!

@Bramblespoint, it has been reported that self-swabs make false negatives more likely so that's why I wasn't very confident about mine.

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Ferrero12345 · 14/11/2020 17:21

I went to a regional drive through test centre a couple of days ago. Was given the choice of doing it myself of someone else doing it. I picked someone else doing it. Results back in 18 hours (negative).

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shinynewapple2020 · 14/11/2020 19:29

I went for one and the test was do it yourself . Result negative. I was worried I hadn't done it correctly but if that's the case it comes back inconclusive.

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MindatWork · 14/11/2020 19:33

I had one today OP and was offered someone to do it for me.

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PodgeBod · 14/11/2020 19:35

I had one and they did it for me, and it was less uncomfortable then a previous one that I did myself! They also did my DD4 and she was fine with it

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RubyTrees · 14/11/2020 20:24

It's good to know that some test centres do offer to do it for you.

Thanks everyone for your replies.

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jcyclops · 14/11/2020 23:38

I may have been mistaken in thinking it was just a nasal swab...

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RubyTrees · 15/11/2020 07:27

@jcyclops, that sounds painful Grin

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MangoM · 15/11/2020 10:05

I had a colonoscopy recently and had to be tested beforehand. You just park up, confirm your details and they'll come and do the swab for you. So you don't need to worry about whether you've done it correctly or not. It was all really efficient when I had mine done.

I guess they would want to make sure it's done properly, otherwise an inconclusive result could mean appointments are unnecessarily missed.

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