Covid screening service launches at Brent Cross shopping centre


ExpressTest (a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) has today announced the opening of a brand new Covid-19 screening service centre at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. The site, located next to the Brent Cross interchange and a close distance from Brent Cross tube station, is offering fast and accurate PCR swab tests.

The tests on offer are priced at the discounted rate of £80 per person for travel passengers and £99 per person for the test-only service. The new facility will be of particular use to members of the public who are symptomless and so do not qualify for testing via the NHS, but require a green light to visit family members or fly abroad after May 17th.

Results will be emailed to customers typically the next day. Those who have booked the Fit to Fly service and screen negative will be emailed a Fit to Fly certificate that is authorised by a doctor, and will enable them to travel internationally.

ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards, and tests are carried out by trained Screening Practitioners. Since its launch in November 2020 ExpressTest has carried out over 82,000 gold standard PCR tests

ExpressTest was set up by established screening parent company Cignpost Diagnostics whose clients include Netflix, The BBC and the PGA European Tour. The company’s Co-Founders are Nick Markham, Steve Whatley and Professor Denis Kinane, who is also the company’s Chief Medical Officer.

Nick Markham, Founder of ExpressTest said:

“Providing reassurance about people’s health is our number one priority and we are pleased to deliver Covid-19 screening services to international travellers and London’s general public. For the next few months and beyond, there will be a continued need for gold standard PCR testing as well as rapid tests before you get on a flight. This is especially true for the reopening of foreign travel, which following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week, may commence from as soon as 17th May.”

Bookings are open from today, with the test available on the same day. To book a test, visit and select a date and time. Customers will then be sent a QR code which they must bring with them to their appointment, along with their passport. Payment will be taken during the booking process. Opening hours are 10am – 6pm.

Chris Barnes, General Manager of Brent Cross Shopping Centre said:

“The past year has been an extremely challenging time for so many people, and I know we’re all looking forward to getting back to some kind of normal. The new ExpressTest facility at Brent Cross is part of that journey, as it will help the people of London get rapid tests, travel abroad and reconnect with family and friends safely once this lockdown ends.”


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