The lateral flow tests we use are non-invasive, and if used correctly, under the expert supervision of our nurses, should not cause you any injury.
Whilst many tests used in COVID swabbing involve the swabbing of the nasopharyngeal area the tests we use are anterior nasal swabs which only require the swab to be inserted 1-2cm into the nostril.
If you have any coagulation concerns or unusual nasal anatomy, we would still recommend that you continue the test with extra attention and care, using a gentle motion when swabbing.
The lateral flow tests we use are not designed for throat swabbing. Whilst it won’t affect sensitivity, it may affect specificity and therefore may result in a higher chance of false positives.