About Coronavirus COVID-19 Antibody Tests
Test to See if You’ve Had the Virus in the Past
The test is called the ‘Coronavirus COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibody Test’. It will usually show if you have been previously infected with the virus. It does not test for the current presence of the virus. It cannot tell you if you are immune to the virus. It does not tell you if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people.
Most patients who recover from Coronavirus COVID19 have been found to produce antibodies but it is important to know that not everyone will do so.
- We use the Abbott antibody test (CE marked to show it complies with EU safety rules) and processed by the TDL Laboratory in England (approved by Public Health England).
- The test is used to identify people who have been infected by COVID 19 in the recent past. It detects the antibodies (IgG) that are produced by the body as a response to the infection. We recommend it for adults who have had symptoms of possible infection or suspected contact, more than 14 days previously.
- The test involves a blood sample being taken (just like a normal blood test from your arm).
- If you have had recent contact with someone who has either been confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 – or if you have had symptoms of COVID-19 yourself within the last 14 days – then we will not be able to offer you this test. You should follow the current government advice about keeping yourself and others safe and about seeking medical help.
About Your Results
- We’ll send your sample off to the laboratory using a special courier service and we’ll contact you with your results, usually within 2 working days. The laboratory sends your test report electronically to the ‘HeyDoc’ e-patient management system in our clinic, which enables it to be sent on directly to you by email. This system of reporting is used across the UK and data is secure.
- The results will either be positive, negative or inconclusive.
- A negative result means that the test did not find antibodies to the virus.
- A positive result means that antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done.
- An inconclusive result means that it was not possible to identify if antibodies to the virus were present when the test was done
- IMPORTANT – If you get a positive antibody test result, you still need to follow the same social distancing advice as everyone else. This includes staying 2 metres (3 steps) away from other people and washing your hands often.
- Recently, there’s been a lot of media publicity about antibody testing and how reliable and effective it is. As a medical clinic, we review the science regularly to ensure that we’re offering the latest, approved products. The laboratory reports that the test has a sensitivity of 97.5% and specificity of 100%. This means that the test is highly accurate. It should not be confused with home DIY kits.
- What does the DETECTION RATE or SENSITIVITY mean? The detection rate or sensitivity is the ability to correctly identify someone who has had the virus.
- What is SPECIFICITY? This is the ability to correctly identify someone who has not had the virus.
What is the Price of the Test?
The test costs £49 and you will need to pay at the time of booking.
Please Read the Following Information Carefully
Test Accuracy: COV-2 IgG < 1.4 Not Detected (Negative) COV-2 IgG >=1.4 Detected (Positive) / Specificity 100% / Sensitivity 97.5%
Results should be used in conjunction with information available from clinical evaluation and other diagnostic procedures. It has been recognised that there can be delayed responses in immunocompromised patients.
It is important to note that we don’t yet know if someone with a positive antibody test result (showing the presence of IgG levels) after being infected with the virus will be protected (either fully or partially) from future infection or for how long protective immunity may last.
We will work as best as we can to get your test processed as quickly as possible; most results are achieved within 2 days of the sample arrival in the laboratory. However, we cannot guarantee this as the laboratory is experiencing very high numbers of test requests and occasionally results may take longer. We cannot take responsibility for any delays or disruption, interruptions or cancellation caused by any reason.