IGP has now begun their Covid-19 Antibody testing service in collaboration with Infectious Disease Consultant Dr Sharon Marlowe. Tests can either be carried out in one of our clinics by calling 03456 252 252 or by using our home testing kits.
Our Covid-19 Antigen tests are designed for testing yourself for current infections of Covid-19 from home.
Home testing works in a similar way to conventional in clinic testing, except the tests have been designed so that the sample requirements are a lot smaller or easier to obtain yourself.
After completing your order for the Covid-19 test, we will send you one of our home testing kits on the same day.
When you receive the home testing kit, simply provide a sample as requested and return to the lab using the self address envelope.
As soon as the lab is able to generate a result they are automatically sent to the doctor to deliver your results.
Dr Marlowe graduated from the University of Bristol Medical School in 1994 and has gone on to train in some of the premiere Infectious Diseases, Tropical Medicine and Clinical Microbiology Centres in the UK and around the world. Dr Marlowe will oversee all aspects of the testing and provide crucial guidance and support for IGP staff who administer the service, and patients who receive the test. Ambiguous or borderline results are extremely difficult to interpret accurately and Dr Marlowe will pay a vital role in analysing these results.
IGP will be using the Abbott Architect assay, processed by The Doctor Laboratory (TDL) London. Abbott established in 1888 is one of The US's largest and most longstanding scientific testing companies and TDL is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK.
There are two tests recently made available that have been proven to be significantly more accurate than the rest of the current marketplace, The Abbott Architect and Roche antibody tests. Both tests were fast tracked for FDA approval in the US, both test have been granted the CE stamp by the EU and both have been awarded Public Health England, Scotland and Wales approval for official use in the UK.
Test sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify those with the disease, whereas test specificity is the ability of the test to correctly identify those without the disease. Both tests have 100% specificity. However, the Abbott test has 99.6% Sensitivity and the Roche test has 99.8% sensitivity.
The sensitivity and specificity data for the Abbott test was gathered on venous, not finger prick, samples and therefore more caution is needed in interpreting the results of the finger prick test. The finger prick test is also designed to sample venous blood but Abbott have made it clear that the scientific data for their test only applies to blood samples taken in the clinic.
We have chosen to use the Abbott test for two reasons:1. We can provide swift easy access to the tests through our existing working relationship with The Doctors Laboratory. 2. The test can be undertaken at home with a finger prick test kit in addition to in clinic.
The host immune system reacts to the infection by SARS-CoV-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks after the onset of symptoms. Specific IgG antibodies are produced in the later stages of infection to SARS-CoV-2, and are detectable after RNA is no longer detectable. The persistence of IgG antibodies allows identification of people who have been infected by SARS-CoV-2.
If you suspect that you may have had Coronavirus and have either been in contact with someone that has or have experienced symptoms yourself, you should have the antibody test. It is important that you wait 14 days after the onset of symptoms. If you are currently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus, or know of being in contact with somebody who has, you should have the antigen test.
The Covid-19 home collection test kit includes a finger-prick test which collects a very small sample of your blood, which is sent back to our laboratory for testing. The testing in the lab looks for Covid-19 antibodies.
On receipt of the sample by the lab the test results will be available within 24 hours, via our secure patient portal. Included with the results will be a guide explaining the outcome. If further information is required a consultation can be arranged with Dr Sharon Marlowe or an appropriately trained IGP clinician as required.
Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms. The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 14 days, with the majority of cases manifesting with symptoms at 3 - 5 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty breathing.
On-site workplace testing is also available with quotations available pending specifics of requirements
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