For the most accurate test possible, get your blood taken by a healthcare professional to find out if you have COVID-19 IgM antibodies, a sign that your body has recently been infected with the coronavirus.
This IgM antibody is produced by the world's leading manufacturer of diagnostics and is CE marked and has recently become widely available.
IgM antibodies appear early after an infection with covid-19.
If you are travelling to China you will need both and IgM antibody blood test and a PCR swab test to be allowed to travel.
How it works
Onsite Test: (£30 extra) Probably the easiest way to get your test is to come into one of our locations for just £30 extra - Putney, Leicester Square, Wembley or Guildford. Select this option at checkout and book a time convenient to you. Some of our locations are open 7 days a week, early to late.
Free Shipping by Post: We post you a kit which has all the equipment needed for a professional to take your blood for you. We send you the kit free of charge by royal mail first class. Use the supplied packaging and paid return postage to send your sample back to us and our analyser detects whether IgG antibodies are present.
Home/Office Visit Sample Collection: (£80 extra) 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.
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 we send you?
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?
Your results and a certificate are 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 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 (additional £30) - 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.
One Way Courier Service (additional £25) - If within the M25 a courier will deliver your test the same day, you can then send the test back in the provided tracked 1st class envelope - or arrange your own courier to deliver it back to us at the laboratory. Please note, we need your order confirmed by 1 pm Monday to Saturday in order to get it to you the same day. If it is booked after 1 pm we will deliver it the next day. We do not deliver on Sundays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.