walk up covid testing at a pod

About the Guided Self Swab method at Testing Pods

A new testing model; towards simplicity in 2021 for travel, work and events

“It would be an understatement to say my team was busy in 2020” said my new colleague, Hilly, as we introduced ourselves. It was my first day at Prenetics. I joined a session to plan for 2021, in what seemed to be a rare opportunity to look up and ahead for this team.

What I heard on in that session was:

  1. Our elite sport and film production clients are happy with the Covid-19 testing provided on their sites, but staff have asked for access to widespread locations.
  2. When travel, leisure and workplace activity increases, many more people will need safe and convenient covid tests, but a return of crowding and queues might actually make safety even more of a concern.
  3. Some customers feel information overload just trying to find a private coronavirus test, let alone watching a sample collection video and trying to organise a courier during a busy postal period. It’s not easy – certainly not the ideal start to a holiday or workday.

Local green testing pods

What if I could carry out a test near me, rather than queuing at the airport or in a crowded travel clinic? How can I avoid the effort of reading a hastily-made website, losing my confirmation email and forgetting how to provide my sample correctly. We set out to make testing easy by building a dream digital journey and taking the thinking out of providing a sample.

Key differences testing at a pod

Open-air

Drive up or walk up to the outdoor space. We know fresh air reduces transmission. For some of us on the team, it just feels better to not be indoors with other people who are getting tested.

Low-contact, digital journey

Book a test online from up to 190 time slots per day, create an account with your details only once, then forget about everything other than a QR code. The pod managers are behind glass and don’t touch your phone, so there couldn’t be less human contact.

Easy self-swab-and-drop

If I’m going to cough from the swab, I would prefer to be doing it myself. The magic is, the pod manager is guiding me step by step to make sure it’s done properly. It’s really worth trying the combination of controlling your own swab with someone else doing the thinking for you.

Our courier, Our lab

Again, do you want to read from 10 different sample return options or just leave the pod knowing that we’ve already organised for our courier to go directly to the lab at the end of each day.

covid 19 testing pod by project screen
The Guided Self Swab method, available at Project Screen’s Covid 19 Testing Pods

National testing network

There were six weeks from the idea session to launching the first pods at Reading and Dartford, in England. Ten pods are ready to open at our next sites, then up to 30 and all the way to 300 covid testing pods throughout the UK. This is the contribution for summer holidays, getting back to work and attending events. Keep an eye out for more test pod locations popping up in the coming weeks.