RAPID TEST CASSETTE
We can test you for coronavirus antibodies in your own home using a COVID-19 Rapid Test Cassette, and give you the result within 10 minutes. Our Rapid Test Cassette has an accuracy of 97.8% for IgM and 99.6% for IgG. For a more accurate alternative, see our laboratory testing service.
Our rapid cassette testing service is £65* per person.
Our rapid cassette 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).
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 rapid antibody 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.
About our COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test Cassette
This test is CE marked and identifies the body's response to coronavirus after the onset of infection, and gives a qualitative yes/no result within 10 minutes.
Implementing rapid screening for COVID-19 has huge time and cost savings when compared to laboratory screening, and will help to control the spread of the virus by identifying infection rapidly and accurately. The test cassette is a simple test, needing only a finger-prick sample of blood to function, much like a blood glucose test. As with all our services, this test can be carried out at your place of work or in the comfort of your own home.
How does the antibody test cassette work?
The test is a lateral flow immunoassay test and operates in a similar way to a pregnancy test. Embedded into the test strip are antibodies that bind to a COVID-19 specific biomarker, Immunoglobulin G (IgG), and another infection biomarker, Immunoglobulin M (IgM). When a sample of blood is added to one end of the test, it flows along the test strip and interacts with these antibodies. If the patient has contracted COVID-19, the biomarkers in their blood will bind to the antibodies on the test strip, leaving a visible test line. If the patient doesn’t have COVID-19, no biomarkers should be present in their blood and no test line will be visible. There are separate test lines for IgG and IgM and only one needs to be visible for a positive result.
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. We have tested some patients and noticed that they still test positive for at least 33 days after first displaying symptoms. You won’t be infectious after you recover, 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 babies and young children be tested?
Yes, there are no issues with testing babies and young children.
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.
Is the test CE marked? Does it have IVD certification?
Yes, the COVID-19 test is CE marked for professional use and is therefore a registered IVD device.
Benefits of our COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test Cassette
- Significant time and cost saving over lab methods
Results within 10 minutes
Identifies infection even in mild or asymptomatic cases
Assists in the control of viral transmission
Ideal as a triage and screening tool
Accuracy of 97.8% (IgM) and 99.6% (IgG)
Has the test been accredited?
The COVID-19 test is CE marked for professional use and is therefore suitable and ready for use by a healthcare professional, in addition to clinical evaluations already completed on the product.
Information about the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test Cassette can be found below. Do not hesitate to contact us if your question is not answered below.