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COVID-19 ANTIBODY

LABORATORY TESTING

Our COVID-19 Antibody Laboratory testing is manufactured by Roche and is the most accurate way to test to see if you have antibodies for COVID-19, with higher accuracy and specificity. The test is 99.6%. For a faster alternative, see our rapid test cassette service.

Our laboratory service is £99* per person.

Our laboratory testing service also includes a health assessment covering oxygen saturations, temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure, should you require it. You will be visited by a healthcare professional at a time that's convenient for you (subject to availability).

The test is conducted by taking a small blood sample from a vein and sending this to an approved and regulated laboratory. You will receive your results within 24 – 36 hours. If you require your results within a shorter period of time, we may be able to fast track your testing.

Note: Payments must be made prior to appointment confirmation over the phone or via invoice. This service is VAT exempt.

 

To take advantage of our laboratory testing service, get in touch with us to book an appointment.

*Within 15 miles of our location (LS21 1EG). 15-35 miles: additional £20 per location. 35-50 miles: additional £40 per location. 50+ miles: contact us for a quote.

Group, Organisation and Business Bookings

If you require multiple testing please see our COVID-19 Testing for Groups, Organisations & Businesses page.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 is an infectious disease that can affect your airways and lungs, caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus.

This infectious disease was unknown until the recent outbreak which originated in China in late 2019. At the time of writing, cases of COVID-19 continue to rise daily across the globe.

The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough, but symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear so it is difficult to know if someone has been infected ahead of these conditions appearing. In the meantime, infected people can spread the virus unknowingly.




What are IgG and IgM?


Immunoglobulins are antibodies themselves and are part of our immune system. When we get an infection, such as COVID-19, immunoglobulins are produced, which attach to the virus and activate the rest of the immune system to attack and clear the virus. IgM is the first immunoglobulin to be produced and is a general antibody that can bind to many different types of pathogen. The presence of IgM is an indicator of early infection. IgG is a more specialised antibody that specifically binds to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The presence of IgG is an indicator of later stage infection (usually 7 days or longer after infection).




Is the test specific for COVID-19?


The IgG that the test detects is specific to COVID-19, so a positive result would indicate COVID-19 infection. Although the IgM is a more generalised antibody, its presence, combined with IgG and/or the common symptoms of COVID-19, would also indicate infection with the novel SARS-CoV-2 virus.




Can the test detect asymptomatic (no COVID-19 symptoms) patients?


Yes, the test will be able to detect IgM/IgG in asymptomatic people, as they will have an immune response even though they don’t display symptoms. The timeline of infection will be the same as someone displaying symptoms.




Do any medications, drugs or other proteins in the blood affect the test result?


To date we have tested numerous common pharmaceuticals, none of which have interfered with the test. Also, Rheumatoid Factor does not interfere with the test, hence we currently see no cross-reactivity issues.




Will IgG and IgM remain in the blood after I’ve recovered from COVID-19?


There is some evidence that IgG/IgM remains in the blood after recovery to prevent reinfection. Even if you test positive, but you should still be cautious as long term immunity has not yet been confirmed and reinfection may still occur.




Can pregnant or breast feeding women be tested?


Yes, there is no harm to the mother or baby when performing a test.




Is there anyone that shouldn’t be tested?


No, the more people that are tested, the better it will be to understand the spread of the virus, which will result in better measures being taken to prevent its spread. However, as the test requires a blood sample, anyone with a blood-related health condition (such as haemophilia) should discuss this with a healthcare professional before performing a test.





Information about the COVID-19 PCR Swab Virus Antigen Testing service can be found below. Do not hesitate to contact us if your question is not answered below.

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