CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TESTS
Government approved Coronavirus (COVID-19) Antibody Tests now available at Prime Health, Surrey
Prime Health in Weybridge is pleased to be able to offer one of the two Public Health England approved antibody tests for people who wish to know if they have already had Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Government approved Abbott Laboratory antibody test looks for the presence of IgG antibodies and is more than 99% accurate. Unlike ‘home testing kits’ it requires a blood sample which will be taken by one of our highly experienced private GPs.
You can be confident that the coronavirus antibody tests available at Prime Health:
- Are led by our team of highly experienced GP’s
- Have a CE Mark, which confirms they meet the requirements of medical device regulations
- Are MHRA approved
- Have been approved by the Government for use across the UK, including in the NHS
- You will receive a certified laboratory report, usually within 24-48 hours.
WHO WILL BENEFIT FROM CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TESTING?
The purpose of antibody testing is to test for IgG antibodies and identify if an individual has had the infection in the past and has developed an immune response (antibodies) to specifically SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Although we do not know for certain if having a coronavirus infection gives any immunity or if so, how long for, experience shows that having a viral infection does give some protection against future infection.
Most people who have experienced mild symptoms similar to those of coronavirus since the onset of the pandemic, and indeed some people who have experienced no symptoms at all, may find knowing whether or not they have had it offers some form of reassurance and it may facilitate them returning to work.
WHEN SHOULD I BE TESTED?
The test should be done a minimum of 14 days following the start of symptoms or after being in contact with someone suspected of being infected.
WHEN WILL I GET MY CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST RESULTS?
The coronavirus antibody testing available at Prime Health are not testing kits that give instant results. Samples are sent away for testing and you will be notified of the results within 1-2 days.
A positive test result indicates you have had the virus. It is however not yet known if this grants any immunity to the virus and you may be able to get the virus more than once.
A negative test result completed within the recommended time frame would suggest you have not previously had COVID-19 and you could develop the infection if exposed at a later date.
HOW ACCURATE IS THE CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST?
The antibody test demonstrated results with 100% specificity and 97.5% sensitivity for patients tested 14 days or more after symptoms started.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
At Prime Health, we are offering the coronavirus antibody test for £125. This price includes an appointment with one of our private GPs who will take the blood sample and send the sample off for testing. You will be notified of your test results by email.
WHAT TYPE OF CORONAVIRUS TESTS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are two main types of coronavirus test:
- The PCR test involves taking nose and throat swabs and is used in individuals who are displaying symptoms of coronavirus. It determines whether they currently have the Coronavirus infection. Anyone displaying symptoms In England, Scotland, Wales of Northern Ireland can request a PCR test via the NHS. They are carried out at NHS testing centres and community “hot clinics”. Anyone who has symptoms suspicious of coronavirus should call 111 or their own NHS GP.
- The second type of test is the IgG antibody test which tells you if you have had coronavirus infection sometime in the past. This is the test available at Prime Health.
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FOR A CORONAVIRUS ANTIBODY TEST
Our expert team is ready and available to help you. We provide fast, easy access to our private GP service and appointments are available throughout the week and at weekends.
At Prime Health we are adopting additional infection control measures which prioritise the wellbeing and safety of patients visiting the centre. You can find out more about this here.