COVID-19 Antibody Test – available now
Accurate antibody testing by a doctor at your convenience – 7 days a week
Find Out if You’ve Already Been Exposed to Covid-19
The Mews Practice is pleased to be offering Covid -19 antibody testing, enabling you to see if you have had previous exposure to SARS-Cov-2, the virus leading to the Covid -19 infection. The antibody test is conducted by professionals, has a 100% accuracy in showing you are negative and a 97.5% accuracy in showing you are positive. The blood test for Covid -19 (SARS-Cov-2) IgG antibody is recommended to be done in a clinical setting and we will provide you with post-test advice and guidance after you have your results.
What Does the Antibody Test Look For?
The majority of patients who recover from Coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies; initially an IgM antibody and then an IgG antibody during the recovery phase. The detection IgG antibody shows whether a person has previously been infected by SARS-Cov-2.
The IgG Antibody
The IgG antibody in other viruses is found to be protective against future infection as these antibodies stay in the system as a form of defence. Whilst SARS-Cov-2 is a relatively new virus, scientists are working globally to establish and define the immunity status following an infection.
- If an individual has a positive IgG result following SARS-Cov-2, will they either fully or partially protected from future infection?
- How long the protective immunity may last following infection?
When Can The Covid 19 Antibody Test be Done?
Testing should be undertaken 17 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms.
The immune system reacts to the SARS Cov-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks and beyond. Specific IgG antibodies are produced at the later stages of the infection to SARS Cov-2.
The persistence of IgG antibodies allows the identification of people who have been infected by SARS -Cov-2.The test development relating to SARS-Cov-2 is rapidly evolving and The Mews Practice is in constant communication with updates from the approved laboratories used.
• Dry Cough
• Difficulty breathing
• Loss of taste or smell
• Bowel upset
The symptoms for COVID 19 in some cases has the potential to develop into severe respiratory illness. Evidence has shown that fatality rates increase with age, gender, body weight, ethnicity and the presence of underlying illnesses.
The Antibody Testing Process
The Mews Practice is open 7 days a week and we will try and accommodate antibody testing at your convenience.
The test involves a clinician taking a venous sample of blood which is relatively painless. This ensures reliability in the outcomes.
The results are back within 24 hours.
The Practice Team comply with high standards in Infection Control, adhering to best practice as outlined by Public Heath England.
Please contact the practice by email email@example.com or phone 01483 452555 and we can address any queries regarding our testing process.
Covid-19 Antibody Test Report / Certificate
The Covid- 19 results will be forwarded to you by way of a ‘certificate of testing’ with a full explanation of the results. The clinicians at The Mews Practice will also ring or video call the patient if the results are positive.
How Accurate is the Antibody Test?
Medical tests are usually measured for accuracy by looking at two criteria –
Specificity and Sensitivity. The higher the percentage, the more accurate the result.
The test is 100% Specific
A test that has 100% specificity will identify 100% of patients who do not have the disease.
The test is 97.5 % Sensitive
A test that is 100% sensitive will identify all patients who have the disease.
All results are interpreted in context of the clinical symptoms. It has been recognised that there can be weak or delayed responses in patients who have conditions where the immune system is compromised.
The Mews Practice can accommodate testing for businesses and offer corporate discounts based on numbers. We can also offer offsite testing with full compliance to Personal Protective Requirements. Please email or call for details.
Future Repeat Testing
If individuals wish to be retested in the future, The Mews will discount the consultation, report and test by 10%.
The consultation, interpretation and testing is £120 for non-members and £100 for members.
Book online, by email or by phone at a time that suits you. We are open 7 days a week.
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