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IgG Antibody Test - Past Exposure - Phlebotomy Kit

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For the most accurate test possible, get your blood taken from a vein to find out if you have COVID-19 antibodies, a sign that your body has previously been infected with the coronavirus.

Taken 14 days or more after you first suffer symptoms, this IgG antibody test appears to be between 93.9% and 100% sensitive in detecting antibodies which your body produces in response to the COVID-19 virus.

We were one of the first laboratories in Europe to be able to offer this test, which has been evaluated by Public Health England, is FDA EUA approved and is being extensively used by the NHS. 

How it works

The kit is extremely easy to use and requires just a blood sample to be taken from a vein by a phlebotomist. If you live within the M25 area we can arrange one to visit your home or office. The phlebotomist will contact you and will visit to take your blood within 1-3 days, and is available evenings and weekends. Choose the option at the checkout and the phlebotomist will be in contact to arrange your appointment directly.

Use the supplied packaging and paid return postage to send your sample back to us and our analyser detects whether IgG antibodies are present. 

Your results will be ready within 1-2 days after arriving at our laboratory.

What will the test results tell me?

This test is to find out if you have been infected with the coronavirus in the past, and to be effective, must be taken a minimum of 14 days after you develop symptoms.

We have a  PCR Swab test available if you wish to know if you are carrying the virus.

The results of this test will tell you whether or not you have the antibodies in your blood which your body may produce to fight COVID-19. If they are present then you have been infected with the virus in the past.

There is still a lot to learn about this virus, and it should be noted that if antibodies are not present in your blood it does not necessarily mean you have not had COVID-19.

Although it is likely that having the antibodies provides at least temporary immunity to the coronavirus, it is not yet known how long that immunity may last. So, whatever the result, it is important that you continue to follow the government’s advice on social distancing and other measures designed to stop the spread of the virus.

What’s in the test kit?

You will receive the following:

  • Blood collection tube
  • "Butterfly" needle for collecting blood from vein
  • Test request form
  • Introduction letter
  • alcohol swab, cotton swab, sticking plaster
  • 95kPa plastic bag or plastic wallet for blood sample tube packaging
  • Prepaid tracked return envelope

How do I get my results?

You can view your results via a secure link which is emailed to you as soon as they are available. The results will give you a clear yes or no answer as to whether the COVID-19 antibodies were detected.

How reliable is this test?

The US government’s Food and Drug Administration showed this test to be 100% sensitive in detecting the COVID-19 antibodies if taken 14 days or more after an illness. PHE evaluation showed a 93.9% sensitivity with a larger number of subjects.

Because of its simplicity and accuracy this test is being used around the world, including by the NHS. The test is PHE evaluated, CE Marked and has FDA EUA approval.

We were one of the first laboratories in Europe to achieve the validation required to be able to offer this antibody test, and our reagents and analyser are manufactured and validated by one of the largest medical diagnostics providers in the world.

Our sample collection kits are CE marked and meet international UN and local Royal Mail requirements in the safe transportation of biological samples.

How quickly can I get the test and results?

Free Delivery - We will send your test via Royal Mail first class tracked delivery. With current demand this can take 3-4 days to arrive.

Onsite Phlebotomy  - We have laboratory locations in Putney and Battersea where you can come to have your blood taken by a healthcare professional. Pick this option and book at time at checkout.

Same day return courier (additional £60) - If you live within the M25 we have an option of sending a courier with a test pack the same day. have the courier wait while you swab yourself and return the sample directly to the laboratory. You can select this option during checkout.

Home visit phlebotomy (additional £80) – If you live within the M25, you can arrange for a trained professional to visit you and take your blood sample professionally. The phlebotomist will contact you and will visit to take your blood within 1-3 days, and is available evenings and weekends. Choose the option at the checkout and the phlebotomist will be in contact to arrange your appointment directly.

Is there an NHS discount?

Yes, for any NHS staff we are offering the test at less than cost to us. Please contact us at info@privatecoronavirustests.co.uk for further details.

We fully support the NHS and their efforts to fight the coronavirus, and we are committed to not impacting in any way on the ability of NHS workers or anyone else to get tested, by providing you with the option to obtain this test.

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