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About Us

ExpressTest provides fast, accurate and reliable COVID-19 testing solutions across the UK.

ExpressTest is a programme that is run by the direct to consumer division of Cignpost Diagnostics Limited.

Cignpost Diagnostics Limited deliver world-class client solutions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing COVID-19 testing to media and corporate clients, such as Netflix, the BBC, Amazon and the PGA European Tour.

About Cignpost Diagnostics

Why Choose Us

Fast and Affordable

By leveraging our established network of regional laboratories, it means we can get your results back to you quicker. We will aim to provide you with results the following day – for the competitive price of £99 per test.

PPE and Safety

At our testing facilities, your swab will be taken by one of our clinically trained sample takers. Our sample takers are all fully trained in both administering and storing swab samples, and wear full PPE when on site.

Trusted Testing

We use PCR testing machines, the gold standard for COVID-19 screening. All our devices are CE-IVD approved, so conform to the highest regulatory standards.

Reliable Results

Our PCR machines are highly sensitive so can detect even the lowest levels of virus. This means that a negative test result provides the most reliable indication you can continue to work and travel safely.

Our Testing Experience

ExpressTest is a programme run by the direct to consumer division of Cignpost Diagnostics Limited who are providing COVID-19 testing facilities for some of the world’s leading companies and organisations, such as Netflix, the BBC, the Scottish Premiership and the PGA European Tour.

Meet Our Founders

Meet our founders below and learn more about their roles and previous experiences.

Denis Kinane

Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Denis has been in academia for 35 years serving in various capacities ranging from Professor to Dean in universities across Europe and the USA, including the Perelman School of Medicine (Penn), University of Penn (Ivy League), University of Louisville, Glasgow University and the University of Bern, Switzerland. Denis is Director of two large US and Chinese Health Companies and Scientific Director, CMO and Founder of several smaller international companies.

Steve Whatley


Steve is one of the founders of Cignpost Diagnostics and Cignpost Health. As CEO of Inchora, a UK based investment company, he has overseen the investment into companies in the UK such as Tenant Shop and Albany Park. He is also a Director of Neo Technologies and Metageni, which are both innovative data technology companies. Steve holds Fellowships with both the Royal Institute of Management and the RSA and Chairs the All Party Political Group Business in a Pandemic (Covid) world.

Nick Markham


Nick has extensive experience across the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is the Lead NED for the Department of Work & Pensions and chairs London & Continental Railways, owned by the Department for Transport. Previously he was the Lead Non-Executive Director for the Ministry of Housing and Local Government, and the Deputy Leader of Westminster Council. Nick is also founder of social enterprise charity, Safe Haven. He has also held senior strategy and finance roles with ITV and Laura Ashley.

Frequently asked questions

Should you have any questions regarding our testing centre tests and our home testing kits, check out a selection of the most popular questions asked below or view our dedicated FAQ’s page for more detailed questions and answers.

You can book and pay for your preferred time and testing centre via our ‘Book a Test’ page. Within 30 minutes of paying and booking, you will then be sent a confirmation email with a QR code.

You must bring a copy of the QR code with you on the day of your test. Please also bring a copy of your valid passport if you require a Fit to Fly Certificate or have booked a Test to Release test.

ExpressTest is a COVID-19 screening service providing fast, accurate and reliable RT - PCR screening across the UK.

We currently have testing centres at Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, as well as local testing centres across the country - please see our 'Testing centres' page to find the test centre nearest you. 

Why Choose Us?

Our first concern is for our customer’s safety and welfare. This is why all our tests conform to the highest safety standards and use the latest gold Standard technology to provide you with accurate results and peace of mind.

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