COVID-19 Antibody Home Testing Service

We support businesses throughout the UK with COVID-19 antibody & PCR testing, helping your staff safely back to work or providing business continuity in the event of an outbreak.

All of our tests are performed by our registered nurses in your workplace.

With the number of people now returning back to work since lockdown, companies are beginning to look forward to the post-lockdown work environment and are starting to plan their back to work strategies.

Many companies are considering to change their office layouts, increase remote working, ensure social distancing and testing of their staff to create a COVID-secure work environment. We offer a range of testing solutions suitable for your business needs.

COVID-19 Antibody Home Testing Service – Our nurses come to you!

With the number of people now returning back to work since lockdown, it has become increasingly important for the swift testing of individuals who believe that they may have come into contact with the virus.

We offer those who want to be tested two options of COVID-19 Antibody testing:

COVID-19 Antibody Testing for Businesses

Find out which of your employees have previously been exposed to COVID-19 and have developed an immune response.

We offer businesses the choice between finger prick (point of care) tests with results provided in 10 minutes or venous blood tests which are sent to our UKAS registered laboratory for analysis with results provided within 24-48 hours.

  • The only method currently approved for antibody testing is for a clinician to take a blood sample.
  • All of our tests can carried out by our trained registered nurses in your workplace.

Option A – COVID-19 Antibody Venous Blood Test (Laboratory Test)

A simple blood test taken by our registered nurses in the comfort of your own home and you will receive your test results via email within 24-48 hours. You will also have access to our team of nurses to discuss the results if you want to.

  • We’ve partnered with an UKAS registered laboratory to do our testing.
  • Results provided via email within 24 – 48 hours.
  • You’ll have access to our nurse helpline should you have further questions or concerns.
  • The antibody tests for all specific “IgG” “IgM” & “IgA” COVID-19 antibodies.
  • Results available to Public Health England.
  • One transparent price which includes the test, home visit and follow up advice.
  • 99.6% accurate.

 

The Platelia SARS-CoV-2 Total Ab assay screens for total antinucleocapsid antibodies IgM, IgA and IgG against coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the virus associated with COVID-19. This serological assay enables clinicians to identify individuals with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2, indicating recent or prior infection.

Technical data for COVID-19 antibodies:

  • Accuracy: 99.6%
  • Specificity: >99% while showing no cross-reactivity to non-SARS coronaviruses or other medical conditions.

 

The Value of Detecting all COVID-19 antibodies?

Following SARS-CoV-2 infection, IgA and IgM are produced first, while IgG antibodies are detectable later. In a study by Guo et al., 2020, the median time to detect IgM and IgA antibodies was 5 days and to detect IgG was 14 days after symptom onset. The data suggests that IgA detection is associated with better sensitivity, by comparison to notably, IgM detection alone.

Option B – COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test (Finger Prick)

There is no perfect test for coronavirus antibodies and rapid tests have understandably received criticism which is why we are using a CE marked COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test which can only be performed by a fully trained healthcare professional following government guidelines. The tests are manufactured in a certified laboratory in Switzerland (9001:2015 & ISO 13485:2016).

  • The only method currently approved for antibody testing is for a clinician to take a blood sample.
  • The test requires a finger prick blood sample which is taken by a fully trained registered nurse.
  • The antibody test is testing for the specific “IgG” & “IgM” COVID-19 antibodies.
  • Results provided within 10 minutes.

 

What is the COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid test?

COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test is a CE Certified immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies against COVID-19 in human whole blood, serum or plasma specimens. This test should only be performed and interpreted by fully trained, healthcare professional. An immunoglobulin test measures the level of certain immunoglobulins, or antibodies, in the blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and toxins.

Technical data for COVID-19 IgG antibodies:

  • Accuracy: 98.6%
  • Sensitivity: 100%
  • Specificity: 98%

IgM, which is mainly found circulating in the blood and lymph fluid, is the first antibody to be made by the body to fight a new infection (usually within the first 6 or 7 days). This could mean that your body is now essentially fighting the COVID-19 virus as you have had a rapid immune response.

What is IgA?

IgA, is found in the linings of the respiratory tract and digestive system, as well as in saliva (spit), tears, and breast milk. Following SARS-CoV-2 infection, In a study by Guo et al., 2020, the median time to detect IgM and IgA antibodies was 5 days and to detect IgG was 14 days after symptom onset.

What is IgG?

IgG is our most abundant type of antibody and it is found in all body fluids protecting the individual against bacterial and viral infections. This usually develops 21 days after exposure to COVID-19 and means that you have been previously exposed to COVID-19, with or possibly without symptoms.

Positive Result – what does that mean?

COVID-19 antibodies have been detected in your blood – this suggests that you have been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 and have had an immune response. The advantage of this test result is that you have now identified that you have previously been exposed to COVID-19.

Please note: The link between the presence of antibodies and immunity is not proven. A positive test result for antibodies does not necessarily mean that you are immune to COVID-19. However, as we learn more about COVID-19 you will be in a better position to understand the implications of your test results.

Negative result – what does that mean?

An absence of antibodies means that it is likely that you have NOT had COVID-19. An absence of antibodies infers an absence of immune defence to further coronavirus infections.

COVID-19 PCR Testing for Business

We can provide PCR testing to keep your workforce safe. A PCR test looks for the presence of genetic material from the COVID-19 virus within a swab or saliva sample to tell you if you have an active infection.

PCR tests are being used to rule out COVID-19 infection before travel or resuming other activities.

The COVID-19 PCR test requires a throat swab sample to be collected by our registered nurse and the sample is sent back to our UKAS registered laboratory to be analysed.

We can provide results within 24 – 72 hours depending on your requirements. This includes us providing certificates for travel.

What is a COVID-19 PCR test?

A PCR test looks for the presence of genetic material from the COVID-19 virus within a swab or saliva sample. These tests are commonly referred to as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. Antigen tests look for parts of the virus.

What does the COVID-19 PCR test involve?

The COVID-19 PCR test requires a throat swab sample to be collected by our registered nurse and sent back to our UKAS registered laboratory for testing.

PCR & throat swabs are being used to rule out COVID-19 infection before travel or resuming other activities. We can issue certificates of fitness for travel abroad tests in up to within 24 – 72 hours.

What should I do if my COVID-19 PCR throat swab test is positive?

If your COVID-19 PCR test is positive our nurses will advise through the next steps. The employee will need to isolate as well as anyone who they may have come into close contact with.

For further guidance please visit NHS website here

What should I do if my COVID-19 PCR throat swab test is negative?

A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with COVID-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal. However, if you have symptoms, follow NHS guidance.

To arrange COVID-19 PCR or antibody tests for your business please call 08000 833 060.

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