COVID-19 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Non-Invasive Kits (Lower Nostril Swab)
Protect your organisation with the world’s leading test for ease of use, accuracy, comfort and quick results.
Find out if someone has COVID-19 in just 15 minutes with the world’s first non-invasive lower nostril test, leading the market with an accuracy of 98.6%. This COVID-19 Antigen Lateral Flow Test Kit by Hughes Healthcare is a premium test designed to be comfortable, easy to use (you can do it yourself), and simple to distribute to your whole team. It comes in light, compact packaging about the size of an iPhone.
Validated by Public Health England and governments across the EU and elsewhere, this test kit uses gold nanoshell technology to offer more accurate results than other tests on the market. Clinical trials indicate 0% kit failure rate and 100% consistent sensitivity at detecting all variants — helping keep new variants from spreading. It’s also ultra sensitive even at low viral loads, so it can help identify asymptomatic individuals.
Anybody can use this kit thanks to the simple 4-step process which doesn’t require you to swab too far up your nose or down your throat like other tests. You don’t have to worry about not eating for a set time before the test either. You simply swab 1-2 cm deep in each nostril and dip it into the solution. It’s so easy to use that this test has been approved by the Austrian government for children to self-test in schools and it’s due to be approved for home testing.
Buy as a single unit, in packs of 10 single units (each test comes as a single unit in its own box), or packs of 25 (tests are not individually packaged).
- Detects other variants of the virus and low viral loads
- Accurate results in just 15 minutes
- Backed by the NHS
- No need for a healthcare professional
- Comfortable swab only needs to go 1-2 cm into nostrils
- No need to avoid food before the test
- Easy step-by-step instructions
- Advanced gold nanoshell technology
- Comes in a box around the size of an iPhone
- Registered with MHRA and CE Marked
- Used and trusted by companies around the world, including all UK airports and the NHS
- Clinical trials from the UK, USA, Sweden and China show a combined accuracy of 98.8% (96.8% diagnostic sensitivity and 97.1% specificity)
Single unit / pack of 10 single units
- Box contents:
- 1 x Individually sealed test cassettes
- 1 x Individually sealed disposable lower nostril swabs (1-2 cm into lower nostril)
- 1 x 1 Pre filled buffer tubes (Huge timesaving & stops wastage of fluid)
- 1 x Instructions
Please note: The box contents for the pack of 10 is identical to the single unit, as each test comes as a single unit in its own box
Pack of 25
- Box contents:
- 25 x Individually sealed test cassettes
- 25 x Individually sealed disposable lower nostril swabs (1-2 cm into lower nostril)
- 25 x 1 Pre filled buffer tubes (Huge timesaving & stops wastage of fluid)
- 1 x Positive control swab
- 1 x Negative control swab
- 1 x Package insert
- 1 x Instructions
What certifications does the test have?
MHRA Registered and CE CERTIFIED.
What is the shelf life?
How is the test administered?
The test is very simple to administer. Differing from your usual nasopharyngeal lateral flow COVID-19 test as the test only needs to enter the lower nostril, therefore, reducing discomfort without compromising on accuracy. The test only requires a 1-2cm swab unlike the standard 9-10cm swab into the nostril.
Why is this test kit different to others?
It is the most accurate Lateral Flow Test on the market based only using gold nano-shell technology.
The swab only goes 1-2cm into the nostril, unlike all other nasopharyngeal tests which need to go 9-10cm into the nasal cavity and must be performed by a doctor.
Does this test for the new variants?
The Hughes test picks up all variants including the Brazilian and South African strains. The test also picks up asymptomatic cases.
Are they manufactured in the UK?
This test is backed heavily by UK Public Sector and manufacturing is already underway in a facility in Northern Ireland.
Can you buy the kits individually packed?
You can buy as a single unit, in packs of 10 single units (each test comes as a single unit in its own box), or packs of 25 (tests are not individually packaged).
How can I trust this test, who uses it?
This test is used exclusively across all UK Airports including Heathrow Terminal 2 & 5, along with large multinational companies such as Deliveroo and Virgin.
The Austrian government has ordered these tests for home use for schools.
Can I use them at home?
The easy-to-use format of the test makes it extremely easy to do the test at home.
How accurate is the test kit?
Industry-leading accuracy. The UK Government Public Health England, Porton Down Laboratory, which reviews all lateral flow tests for the DHSC/UK Government, has validated the test to have exemplary accuracy at multiple viral loads, including for asymptomatic patients, and across the new different variants.
What science do you have to back the test up?
We have clinical trials from the UK, USA, Sweden, and China which show a combined accuracy of 98.6% (96.8% diagnostic sensitivity and 97.1% specificity).
Validation from Public Health England, Porton Down.
Why is the Hughes test different to other tests?
The Hughes test is a true nostril swab test.
Other tests will try to modify their test to include the nostril swab, but do not have the clinical evidence to support that adjustment.
What is the difference between antigen tests and antibody kits?
Antigen tests are administered via a swab whereas an antibody test is administered via a blood sample using a finger prick which will indicate if you have had COVID recently and/or if you have developed antibodies after having the vaccine.
Why should I use this test rather than other tests?
This test is of higher scientific quality, with higher accuracy and significantly easier to use than other tests. This is shown in clinical validation and results. The test is also of the highest quality at detecting asymptomatic patients and the new mutation variants of CoV-SARS-2, further differentiating itself from other tests.
Why not choose the Government free tests?
The UK Government have subsidised free testing to encourage the nation to test twice per week. This is to drive a culture of testing that is expected to be a way of life for at least 5 years due to the ever-changing variants and risks of Covid-19.
The main test being handed out is the Innova test. The Hughes test is significantly more accurate.
The Government mandate the Oropharyngeal aspect of the sampling (on the tonsils), they advise no food or drink an hour before use as this could cause huge inaccuracies. The Hughes test only requires a nasal swab of 1-2cm.
The Hughes test is more practical for the work environment.
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