COVID-19 Testing Services for Business

With a number of people returning back to the workplace, companies are beginning to look towards the post-lockdown work environment, and are planning their back to work strategies.

Many companies are considering changes to office layouts, increasing remote working, ensuring social distancing is in place, alongside testing of their staff to create a COVID-secure work environment. We offer a range of testing solutions to suit your individual business needs.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing for Businesses

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

We offer businesses venous blood tests by a nurse to test for presence of either IgG antibody alone, or Total Antibody – including IgG, IgM and IgA.  Samples are sent to our UKAS registered laboratory for analysis with results provided within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory, depending on whether IgG alone, or Total Antibody test is required.   Faster turnaround times for results may be available, and we would be happy to discuss your individual service requirements.

  • The only method currently approved for antibody testing is for a clinician to take a blood sample
  • All of our tests can be performed by our nurses in your workplace, or at the employees home

COVID-19 Antibody Venous Blood Test (Laboratory Test)

A simple blood test taken by our nurses in the comfort of your own home, or workplace, with test results received via secure email within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory, depending on the test requested. You will also have access to our team of nurses to discuss the results if you should wish to do so.

  • We’ve partnered with an UKAS registered laboratory to do our testing 
  • Results provided via secure email within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory, depending on whether IgG alone or Total Antibody test is required
  • 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, nurse visit and follow up advice  
  • 99.6% accurate

Please note if you do not wish to have your results shared with Public Health England you should not have the test.

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.

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 before resuming other activities 
  • The COVID-19 PCR test requires a throat swab sample to be collected under the direct supervision of our nurse and the sample is sent back to our UKAS registered laboratory to be analysed 
  • We can provide results within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory, depending on your requirements. This includes the provision of certificates for travel, if required  
  • Faster turnaround of results may be available, and we would be happy to discuss your individual service requirements

 

What is a COVID-19 PCR test?

The COVIC-19 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 nurse and the sample is then sent back to our UKAS registered laboratory to be analysed.

PCR throat swabs are being used to rule out COVID-19 infection before travel or before resuming other activities. We can issue certificates for travel within 48 – 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 can advise the next steps. The employee will need to isolate as well as anyone who they may have come into 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 at the time the swab was taken. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal. However, if you have symptoms, you must follow NHS guidance.

To arrange COVID-19 PCR tests please call 0808 196 3682.

COVID-19 Testing Service for Businesses

  • Dedicated project management team to support implementation of testing across your organisation
  • Experienced nursing team to support your workforce with medical monitoring & antibody/PCR testing
  • Access to latest COVID-19 antibody & PCR tests performed by our nursing team
  • Partnership with a UKAS registered laboratoy for antibody and PCR testing
  • Results provided within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory for venous blood tests, depending on your requirements
  • PCR test results available within 24 – 48 hours from receipt of the sample by the laboratory
  • Trusted by other businesses with a proven track record of providing company testing
  • CQC Regulated Nursing Service
  • Use our testing service to help create a COVID-secure workplace

 

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