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Hughes healthcare Covid Test

hughes Covid test

Hughes Covid  Test

Hughes Healthcare’s Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Antigen Rapid Test Cassette (using a swab administration) is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of specific antigens to SARS-CoV-2 present along the mucosa wall on the inside of the nostril. When used correctly, this Lateral Flow rapid COVID-19 antigen test produces results in as little as 15 minutes with high accuracy.

trick-mark-iconFully Home Use Approved.

trick-mark-icon96.8% diagnostic sensitivity and 97.1% specificity.

trick-mark-iconDetects new virus strains.

trick-mark-iconValidation from Public Health England Porton Down.

trick-mark-iconFull Home Test Approval Granted in the UK & EU.

trick-mark-iconRegistered with MHRA and CE Marked.

trick-mark-iconUsed and trusted by companies around the world including all UK airports and the NHS.

The test is currently supplied to The UK, German, Austrian, French and Spanish Governments, all UK airports, major airlines, pharmaceutical companies, corporates and distribution companies.

The Hughes Healthcare Rapid Nasal Antigen Test successfully passed through all evaluation stages at Porton Down Laboratory and is clinically proven for its accuracy in identifying both, symptomatic and asymptomatic cases of Covid 19 as well as, all known variants of the disease. The test has subsequently been validated by Public Health England and carries a CE0123 mark for home use and self testing in the U.K. and EU. It is MHRA registered and also registered with the FDA and WHO pending emergency use approval.

The Hughes Healthcare COVID-19 Antigen Test has been evaluated with specimens obtained from patients and the results show that the rapid COVID-19 test has a high overall relative accuracy.

COVID-19 is an acute respiratory infectious disease, and humans are generally susceptible. Currently, the patients infected by COVID-19 are the main source of infection and the disease is spreading rapidly around the world. COVID-19 is especially problematic as the majority of those infected are asymptomatic, meaning that they don’t display symptoms and unknowingly spread the virus around. Based on current epidemiological investigations, COVID-19’s incubation period is 1 to 14 days, with most infections taking hold within 3 to 7 days. The main symptoms of the disease include a new or continuous dry cough, a loss of taste or smell, fatigue, and a temperature or fever.

CE Mark for Home Use – Fully Approved.

Our test is a true nostril swab test and has only ever been designed as such, other tests will try to modify their test to include the nostril swab, but have do not have the clinical evidence to support that adjustment. Innova has claimed their test can be performed on the nostril wall despite being a nasopharyngeal test and as evidenced, you get the result of 40-50% accuracy in both Birmingham and Liverpool. Healgen are another provider that are trying to claim that their test can be done in the nostril however have no clinical reports done with this swab mechanism which will incur significant inaccuracies.

Hughes Covid Test Kits – Easy to use testing

The easy to use format of the test makes it extremely easy to test yourself and your family from the comfort of your own home.

normal covid 19 antigen test

Normal Test Kit

A normal antigen test kit goes
9-10cm swab into the nostril.

hughes test kit use

hughes Test Kit

The Hughes test kit goes only
1-2cm swab into the nostril.

Our swab only has to go 1-2cm into the nostril, all other nasopharyngeal tests have to be performed by a doctor and need to go 9-10 cm deep into the nasal cavity. Our lateral flow test has a unique patented sensitivity enhancement system in our test cassette. Whilst all other cassettes use the colloidal gold method, which is significantly less sensitive for detecting the CoV-SARS-2 antigen. This is in part what allows our test to be so accurate across any specimens and sample collection method.

Hughes Healthcare Covid test process

Hughes healthcare - step 1 A nasal swab sample is collected from the test subject.


A nasal swab sample is collected from the test subject.

Hughes healthcare antigen test step 2 The swab is then inserted into a bottle tha contains 2 ml of Lysis Solution. The swab containing cell samples should be stirred well and pressed to the bottom of the bottle.


The swab is then inserted into a bottle tha contains 2 ml of Lysis Solution. The swab containing cell samples should be stirred well and pressed to the bottom of the bottle.

Hughes healthcare rapid antigen test kit step 3 The swab should be stirred well and the test cassette removed from the foil packaging.


The swab should be stirred well and the test cassette removed from the foil packaging.

hughes rapid antigen test step 4 3-4 drops of sample are dripped onto the test card. The result will be shown within 15 minutes.


3-4 drops of sample are dripped onto the test card. The result will be shown within 15 minutes.

Results Interpretation

The entire test time is a maximum of 15 minutes; the test results are interpreted as shown below.


If the Quality Control Line (C-Line) shows a red line, but there is no red line on the Test Line (T-Line), this result is NEGATIVE.


If both the C-Line and the T-Line shows a red line (even if it is faint), this result is POSITIVE.


If there is no red line on the C-Line, regardless of whether there is a line on the T-Line, this result is INVALID and another test has to be taken.

All of the components, including the comfortable swab, the lysis vials, and the box with which the single tests come in, are extremely well made and are designed to be as easy as possible to use. Every aspect of the test is that of a blue-chip high-quality product.

box of single test kit contents

Individually Sealed Test Cassettes: 1

Individually Sealed Swab (1-2cm into the lower nostril): 1

Pre-filled Buffer Tube : 1

Instructions: 1

box of 25 test kit contents

Individually Sealed Test Cassettes : 25

Individually Sealed Swab (1-2cm into the lower nostril): 25

Pre-filled Buffer Tube : 25

Instructions: 1

STORAGE: The kit can be stored at room temperature. It can also be refrigerated between 2-30 degrees Celsius. The kit must remain in its sealed pouch until it is used. The test must not be frozen and it must not be used beyond the expiration date printed on the sealed pouch. Two years shelf life.

At HandStations, we’re committed to sourcing the most effective and highest quality products for our customers, and that includes providing access to the best COVID testing products available on the market. 


The Hughes Healthcare antigen test is a lateral flow test kit that’s highly accurate and sensitive. It’s a comfortable and non-invasive testing kit that’s backed by the government, easy to self-administer, and delivers results in as little as 15 minutes. 


Validated by Public Health England, the Hughes antigen test uses gold nanoshell technology to offer results that are more accurate than other tests available on the market. The UK Government’s Porton Down Laboratory, which reviews all lateral flow tests for the Department of Health and Social Care, has validated this Hughes rapid antigen test to have high accuracy at multiple viral loads. 


Anybody can use this antigen test kit thanks to the simple 4-step process that doesn’t require you to insert a swab too invasively up your nose as other tests do. You also don’t need to avoid eating or drinking 30 minutes before the test, either. You simply insert the swab 1-2cm into each of your nostrils before dipping it into the buffer solution. The Hughes antigen rapid test is in fact considered so easy to use that it has been approved by the Austrian government for children to self-test in schools without the supervision of healthcare professionals. 



TERMS: All persons intending to use the Hughes Healthcare’s COVID-19 Antigen Test must rely on their own knowledge and judgment in doing so. The testing kit has been approved for domestic use by non-healthcare professionals since 14th May 2021. The buyer is responsible for complying with applicable regulations governing the test and shall use it in accordance with applicable laws, including health and safety regulations, and in accordance with the instructions. HandStations (Hillside Commerce Ltd) will not be responsible for any incorrect use and expressly disclaims any liability from the use of the product, failure to follow instructions, or reliance on test results.

This item is exempt from our usual returns policy. This item is non-returnable or exchangeable.


Frequently Asked Questions about Hughes Healthcare Rapid Antigen Lateral flow Tests.

Who manufacturers them? Hughes Covid Tests are manufactured by ACON Biotech

Where are the tests manufactured? These lateral flow tests are manufactured in China and Mexico.

Are they suitable for home testing? Yes from the 21st May 2021 Hughes Covid Tests were approved by the UK Government for home testing.

What is a rapid antigen test?

Hughes Healthcare rapid antigen test is a rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the detection of antigens specific to SARS-CoV-2 present on the inside of the nostril. The test is taken to:

trick-mark-icon Diagnose Infection

trick-mark-icon Test after infection to see if the virus has cleared

trick-mark-icon Screen asymptomatic individuals to detect whether they are carrying the virus.



How long do Hughes rapid antigen test results take?

The test is a rapid antigen test, meaning that results can be available in as little as 15 minutes.


Where are these tests made?

This range of antigen tests is developed by Acon Labs, a large global healthcare diagnostics company based in the U.S. with manufacturing facilities in the U.S., China, and Mexico. The company’s Chinese manufacturing facility has been inspected and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 


Are the tests officially approved?

Yes—the Hughes antigen rapid test is CE marked and registered with the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). This means they are safe and can be relied upon to deliver accurate results.


How accurate are the tests?

This antigen test has a sensitivity of 97.1% and a specificity of 99.5%. 


Sensitivity relates to the false-negative rate and is displayed as a percentage. This means that out of 100 positive patients, the test detects 97 of them. In other words, it delivers three false negatives (i.e., where somebody is positive, but the test fails to detect the positive case). 


Specificity relates to the false positive rate and is again displayed as a percentage. This means that out of 100 negative patients, the test detects this correctly 99.5% of the time. In other words, it delivers false positives only 0.5% of the time (i.e., 1 in 200 people will get a false positive). 


Can the Hughes healthcare covid tests be used with different specimens? 

No—the Hughes rapid antigen test is only for lower nostril rapid antigen specimens. You should only use the swab provided in the kit. Mixing testing kits has the potential to deliver incorrect results. 


Can I freeze the antigen test?

No—the antigen test should never be frozen. The tests should be stored at room temperature and kept out of direct sunlight. They have a shelf life of 24 months. If you need to, the tests can be refrigerated but you should allow the test kit to return to room temperature before using it. 


Can the antigen test fail?

It’s rare, but yes, the test can fail on rare occasions either by giving an inconclusive result or a false positive/negative. This tends to happen due to user error rather than a fault with the test itself, such as where the patient has not followed the instructions correctly. 


Does this antigen test for new variants?

Yes, the Hughes rapid COVID-19 antigen test detects all variants including the Alpha (Kent), Beta (South African) and Delta (Indian) strains of coronavirus. The Hughes test kits also detect asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 thanks to their high sensitivity. 


Is the Hughes antigen test more comfortable to use?

It is generally accepted that most patients will find the Hughes rapid antigen test much easier and more comfortable to use. This is because the Hughes test only needs to enter the lower nostril (unlike typical nasopharyngeal lateral flow COVID-19 tests which need to be pushed further up) therefore reducing discomfort without sacrificing accuracy. The Hughes test only requires a 1 – 2cm swab, unlike the standard 9 – 10cm swab you get with other tests. 


Can I use the Hughes antigen test for travel?

It depends on the country. Generally, however, we would advise that no, the Hughes antigen test cannot be used to demonstrate a negative result for travel purposes as results would need to be verified by a medical professional who is registered to carry out travel testing with UKAS who can then supply you with a certificate to travel. Most countries require either (i) proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or (ii) proof of a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test for quarantine-free entry. While an increasing number of countries do accept antigen test results due to their accuracy, it’s always safer to opt for a PCR test. In any case, be sure to diligently check the travel rules for the country you are going to. 


What’s the difference between antigen and antibody tests?

Antigen tests are carried out using a swab and detects active cases. In contrast, an antibody test is carried out by taking a blood sample and is used to detect previous—not current—COVID-19 infections.


Is this test kit better than the free COVID-19 test kits? 

While free COVID tests are available from the UK government, the main test being given out is the Innova test. The Hughes COVID-19 antigen test is much more accurate and has a much lower chance of delivering false positives or negatives. They are also much more difficult to administer and are uncomfortable due to how far the swab must be inserted into both the throat and nostril. 


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