Yes. We are now able to offer a coronavirus antibody test with a finger-prick sample collection kit. You can take your own blood sample in the comfort of your home and post it to the laboratory in the envelope provided. Please note – this is not an at-home rapid detection test that will give you an immediate result.
The laboratory test is manufactured by Roche, a global diagnostics company, and is CE-marked for use with capillary blood samples – i.e. a sample taken using a finger prick . Our sample collection kit is also CE marked.
On 26 May 2020 the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) asked laboratories in the UK to pause testing for coronavirus antibodies using self-collect finger-prick samples so that the end-to-end testing process could be reviewed. This review is now complete and we are able to offer this test again with finger-prick collection..
If I have a positive coronavirus antibody test result, do I still need to follow the government guidelines for social distancing?
Yes, until we understand more about the virus and whether the presence of antibodies means that you can’t catch it again, it is important that you follow all the recommended guidelines
Who should use a coronavirus antibody test?
Coronavirus antibody test is appropriate for anyone who wants to know whether they have had COVID-19. People who have had a mild or moderate form of the disease, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 but didn’t experience symptoms at all, may want to know whether they previously had the virus. It is important to wait at least 14 days from the onset of symptoms before taking an antibody test; this allows sufficient time for antibodies to reach detectable levels. If you have had no symptoms, then this test should be taken 21-28 days after the last exposure to the virus.
I am experiencing symptoms which I think may be caused by COVID-19. Should I take a coronavirus antibody test?
No. This test is only for people who want to know if they were infected with coronavirus in the past. If you are experiencing symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath or high temperature you should isolate yourself at home and seek guidance from NHS 111.
Will a coronavirus antibody test tell me if I have a current infection?
No. This test detects antibodies which are produced some time after an individual becomes infected.
How to request a test
Please note you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a test kit and to provide a sample for testing
You do not need to visit the clinic to obtain your home test kit
Your name, address, date of birth, mobile telephone number and email address
IMPORTANT-POSTING YOUR SAMPLE TO THE LAB
Royal Mail is not accepting any Covid-19 samples at post office counters or non-priority postboxes. All samples must be posted in a priority postbox.
This is because the postal workers collecting from prioty postboxes have the proper PPE in order to safely handle the samples. Your return envelope will have a sticker identifying it as a Covid-19 sample. These postboxes are clearly labelled.
You can find your nearest priority postbox on the Royal Mail website.
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