VIVO Clinic are introducing an In-Clinic COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service, where you can find out if you have SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in 10 minutes. By undergoing the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service at one of our clinics across the UK, our qualified Healthcare Professionals can ensure that the test is conducted correctly, giving you support throughout.
The test determines if you have previously been infected with the coronavirus.
With the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service offered by VIVO Clinic, you can receive the answers you need in one appointment. You do not have to wait for your sample to be transported to a laboratory and analysed. Furthermore, the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service can detect the presence of both Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G antibodies.
Comparison of In-Clinic Testing Services
Results within 10 minutes – no waiting for the laboratory to analyse your sample
Appointment only takes 15 minutes
Detects both IgM and IgG antibodies and determines current and past COVID-19 infection
97.8% accurate for detecting IgM antibodies and 99.6% accurate for IgG antibodies
Identifies past infection for those who did not experience symptoms
Blood is not collected via phlebotomy – this method is suitable for those who do not like needles
UK made kit from Derby
Registered with the MHRA
Not approved by Public Health England
Buy three, get the fourth test free – affordable testing each week
Ideal to help assess if it is safe to return to work
The COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service uses a rapid test cassette to determine if SARS-CoV-2 IgM and IgG antibodies are present. This method of testing is known as an immunochromatography assay and is also referred to as a lateral flow test. The immunochromatography assay is designed to detect a specific substance, which in this case, is Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G antibodies that are specific to COVID-19.
The antigen for an illness or disease is incorporated into a strip within the test cassette. When the blood sample is placed into the well on the test cassette and the buffer solution is added, this causes any antibodies in the blood sample to bind with the antigens in the cassette. If binding occurs, the test cassette will show a positive result for the antibody.
Our trained and qualified Healthcare Professionals will take a blood sample using the finger-prick method. This involves piercing the tip of the finger with a lancet, collecting blood droplets using a pipette and transferring this to the test cassette. Following this, buffer solution will be applied to the blood sample.
Rest assured that our Healthcare Professionals will be wearing all of the necessary PPE during your appointment. Furthermore, your finger will be disinfected with an alcohol pad before the blood is collected, and you will be provided with a plaster afterwards.
Antibodies are a type of protein that are created by the body to fight illnesses and diseases. The immune system forms antibodies that are specific to an antigen, to help remove the antigen from the body at the time of infection, and to help protect the body if future infections occur.
Immunoglobulin M antibodies are the first antibodies which are created by the body in response to an antigen. Immunoglobulin G antibodies are the most common antibodies found within the body, and are associated with longer term immunity, protecting the body against future infections.
If the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service identifies SARS-CoV-2 IgM antibodies but not IgG antibodies, this implies that you may be in the earlier stages of infection, because the body has begun to produce antibodies, but has not had enough time to produce IgG antibodies, which are formed at a later stage of infection. Furthermore, if SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies are found and IgM antibodies are not, this shows that you have recently been infected with COVID-19.
SARS-CoV-2 is also referred to as ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.’ It is the virus that causes COVID-19. The virus is named as such because it shows similarities to ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome’ which was identified in 2003.
There is still a lot that we do not know about SARS-CoV-2, and testing may help us to learn about factors such as which groups are more vulnerable to the virus, and what percentage of people may not experience symptoms.
It is important to remember that if you experience any type of symptoms, you should adhere to government guidelines and self-isolate immediately.
There is currently no evidence to prove that someone can be completely immune to COVID-19, and that a person cannot be infected more than once. Therefore, there is no type of COVID-19 testing service which can prove you are immune.
You can book an appointment for the In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Testing Service through our website. Alternatively, you can book an appointment through our Call Centre – give us a call on 0333 305 8486 and our telephone consultants will be able to book you in.
When you have paid for your In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Test and selected a date and time, you will receive a confirmation email with the clinic address and the name of your Healthcare Professional. Please note that it may take a few days for you to receive this confirmation email due to the overwhelming demand. If for any reason you do not receive a confirmation email or text message, you should contact us on 0333 305 8486 to confirm your appointment.
You must make sure that you attend your appointment on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late, you may be turned away from your appointment.
Please note that it may take a few days for you to receive confirmation of your In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Test appointment due to overwhelming demand. If you do not receive a confirmation email after a few days, please contact us on 0333 305 8486 to confirm your appointment.
You should ensure that you keep your hands warm for when you attend your appointment, as this will help to stimulate the blood flow. In addition to this, you must bring a form of photo identification to your appointment.
You should attend your appointment alone to avoid the risk of cross contamination.
If possible, you should check your temperature before you attend your appointment. If you have a high temperature, you should inform us immediately, and we will reschedule your appointment.
It is imperative that your appointment for your COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test is at least 14 days after you, or another member of your household, have first experienced COVID-19 symptoms. This is because you may be infected with the coronavirus during this 14 day period, and there is a risk that you may unknowingly pass on the virus to others.
If you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19, you should book your appointment for In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Testing for a date that is at least 14 days after the symptoms were first present.
If you have booked an appointment, and find that you experience symptoms before you are due to attend your appointment, you must call us immediately on 0333 305 8486. You will be given the option to reschedule your appointment to a date that is at least 14 days after your symptoms are first apparent.
It is important that you follow these procedures to protect yourself and others. If you attend the clinic for your appointment less than 14 days after you first suffer from symptoms, you may still be infectious, and could unknowingly pass the virus onto customers and staff. Furthermore, you should wait at least 14 days after you experience symptoms before taking the test to enable the antibodies to develop. If you take the test too early, you may receive a false negative result as there are not enough antibodies to be detected.
You can cancel your In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Test, however, we will not be able to offer a refund for this. If you cannot attend your appointment, you will be given the option to reschedule to a later date. You should reschedule at least 48 hours before your appointment to avoid incurring additional re-arrangement fees.
If you cancel your appointment and do not reschedule, or you do not attend your appointment, you will have to purchase the In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Test service again if you still wish to undergo the test.
There are four main results that you can receive from the COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test Service.
IgM and IgG positive: The test cassette has identified both of these COVID-19 antibodies in your blood. This shows that you have recently been infected with SARS-CoV-2.
IgM positive: There are COVID-19 Immunoglobulin M antibodies in your blood, but not Immunoglobulin G antibodies. Due to the fact that IgM antibodies are created as the body’s first response to an infection, this indicates you may currently be infected with COVID-19. You should therefore follow government advice and self-isolate.
IgG positive: IgG antibodies are present in your blood, but not IgM antibodies. IgG antibodies are associated with a later stage of immunity, and this result implies that you have recently been infected with COVID-19.
Negative: neither IgM nor IgG antibodies have been found in your blood. This may be because you have not been infected with COVID-19, or you are in the early stage of infection and the antibodies have not had enough time to develop. There is also the possibility that you may have been infected but not produced any antibodies, which is the case for a small number of people.
You should undergo sample collection at least 14 days after you first experience symptoms to ensure that the antibodies have a higher detection rate.
If your test yields an inconclusive result during your appointment, we will book you in for another In-Clinic Rapid Antibody Test. This will be around 7 days after your original appointment in case your inconclusive results are caused by a lack of antibodies at the time of your first test.
Yes. Depending on the result of your COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test, it may be advisable to follow this up with an antibody test that involves sending a blood sample off to a CQC registered laboratory for analysis. If you have already purchased the In-Clinic COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Test, you can upgrade to the laboratory-based IgG antibody test for only an additional £30.
Please note that a venous blood sample will need to be collected via phlebotomy for the pathology-based COVID-19 IgG Antibody Testing Service. This can either be done in one of our clinics, or at your home.
The In-Clinic COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service uses a rapid test cassette to identify Immunoglobulin M and Immunoglobulin G antibodies that are specific to SARS-CoV-2. During your appointment, one of our trained Healthcare Professionals will collect a blood sample using the finger-prick method. Once blood droplets have been added to the well of the test cassette along with buffer solution, you will receive results of the test within 10 minutes.
Due to the fact that the In-Clinic COVID-19 Rapid Antibody Testing Service can determine if both IgM and IgG antibodies are present within the blood, this type of test can indicate if you have previously been infected and if you may currently be infected with COVID-19. This is because IgM antibodies are created by the body during the early stage of infection, and IgG antibodies are associated with longer-term immunity and are formed at a later stage of infection. If your test shows a positive result for IgM antibodies and not IgG antibodies, it may be advisable to undergo a PCR test to confirm if you are currently infected with COVID-19.
In contrast to this, the COVID-19 IgG Antibody Test involves sending a venous blood sample to a CQC registered laboratory, who will carry out Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test using Abbott’s Architect Machine. The blood sample will be collected via phlebotomy, either in-clinic or at your home. Once the laboratory has received your sample, you will be sent a secure link to your results within 48 hours.
This type of COVID-19 test only detects the presence of IgG antibodies and can confirm if you have previously been infected with the coronavirus.
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