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COVID-19 Test – Home Visit

£129.00£492.00

  • A professional phlebotomist (i) visits your home to take a blood sample.
  • The sample is sent to our CQC registered lab for testing.
  • The Abbott test has been evaluated by Public Health England (see assessment).
  • You will receive your results within 48 hours.
  • Rapid Home Tests are available here (results in 15 mins).
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At VIVO Clinic, we are now offering a Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test. When you purchase the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test, our qualified Phlebotomists will visit you to take your blood sample if you live in London, the Midlands, Wales, Manchester or Sheffield. Alternatively, you can visit one of our clinics where our Phlebotomist will collect a blood sample.

We use the Abbott coronavirus antibody test which has been evaluated by Public Health England. Please see this report for more information. The test has 100% sensitivity and 99% specificity to SARS-CoV-2. The test determines whether you have previously had the virus.

Once sample collection has taken place, the sample is sent to the CQC registered lab we have partnered with, who carry out Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test using the Architect Machine.

 

VIVO Clinic are proud to offer an IgG Antibody Test which identifies Immunoglobulin G antibodies related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This type of test confirms if you have previously had the coronavirus.

This is a highly accurate test which complies with European standards for medical testing. Once sample collection has taken place, your sample will be analysed by a CQC registered laboratory. At VIVO Clinic, we partner with CQC registered laboratories to be able to offer the best service with exceptionally high standards.

You should book an appointment for your Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test at least 14 days after symptoms are first present, however, we advise that you wait at least 21 days to allow for a higher antibody detection rate. Please note that if you receive a positive result, this does not mean you are completely immune to COVID-19, and there is a possibility you may be infected with the coronavirus for a second time.

Book your test, and get the answers you need.

  • The Abbott IgG testing assay that we use is the second assay to be evaluated by Public Health England for venous blood testing only. Please see the report here.
  • Laboratory test by CQC registered laboratory
  • Sample collection is performed using medical equipment for IVD (in-vitro diagnostic devices)
  • Phlebotomist can visit your home if you are based in London, the Midlands, Wales, Manchester or Sheffield, or you can undergo sample collection at one of our clinics
  • The IgG pathology-based solution is 99% accurate for venous blood
  • Serology based
  • Sample collected in under 10 minutes
  • Results in 48 hours (from sample receipt)

Laboratory results provided by London Medical Laboratory. Regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Certificate number: CRT1-4708702735

Additional information

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  • What is the IgG antibody test for?

      Abbott’s IgG antibody lab-based test determines if an individual has previously had COVID-19.

      The serological test identifies Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies that are specific to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies are produced by the body if an individual has been infected with the coronavirus. IgG antibodies indicate longer-term protection against an illness in comparison to IgM antibodies, which are produced as an initial response to the infection. If someone receives a positive result from the IgG antibody test, this shows that they have had COVID-19.

      Once IgG antibodies are created to fight an infection, they can remain in the body for significant periods of time in order to protect the individual should they be infected for a second time. The IgG antibody test should be taken a minimum of 14 days after symptoms first appear. This is because antibodies may not be detectable straight away and need time to develop.

      It is important to note that while the IgG antibody test can establish if a person has built up an immune response to SARS-CoV-2, it does not prove complete immunity. Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that people can be immune to COVID-19 and cannot be infected more than once.

  • How is the Phlebotomist IgG antibody test performed?

      When you purchase a Phlebotomist IgG antibody test, an appointment will be made for our qualified Phlebotomists to visit you in order to carry out blood sample collection. If you live in the Midlands, London, Manchester, Wales or Sheffield, this visit can occur at your home, or at your workplace. Our Phlebotomist will be wearing all of the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment when they arrive, and will maintain social distancing wherever possible. Our Phlebotomist will take away any used components to be disposed of safely.

      If you would prefer to have your sample collected in-clinic, you can make an appointment to visit one of our clinics.

      After the blood sample has been collected, this will be sent to the CQC registered laboratory that we have partnered with, in order to guarantee that you receive accurate results. Once the laboratory have received your sample, they will perform Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test. You will be emailed a link to your results within 48 hours.

  • Is the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test a home test?

      If you live in London, the Midlands, Wales, Manchester or Sheffield, our Phlebotomist can visit your home or workplace to carry out sample collection. Once the sample is collected, this will be sent off to the CQC registered laboratory we have partnered with, who will conduct Abbott’s antibody test.

      We also offer an IgG Antibody Test Phlebotomy Kit, which can be delivered to your home. In this case, you will need to arrange for a qualified Medical Professional or Phlebotomist to collect a sample. Following this, you will send the sample to the laboratory in the pre-paid envelope provided. You can find out more here.

  • Who is the IgG Antibody Test for?

      Abbott’s COVID-19 antibody test is for people who want to find out if they have previously been infected with the coronavirus. Samples collected for Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test will be examined by a CQC registered laboratory based in London.

  • Why are we offering the IgG Antibody Test?

      The IgG antibody tests have been described by the government as ‘game-changing,’ as they can help us to track the spread of the coronavirus and predict how the infection will impact groups of people. The more individuals that take the IgG Antibody Test, the more we can learn about the coronavirus and put measures in place to protect people in the coming months.

      We have chosen to offer Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test due to the high level of accuracy, as the test has a sensitivity of 100% and a specificity of 99%.

  • Who carries out the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test?

      Our qualified Phlebotomists use medical marked components for IVD to collect a blood sample. Following this, the sample is sent to the government approved CQC registered laboratory that we have partnered with to offer this service.

      Once the laboratory has received your sample, they will use advanced technology to detect the presence of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies linked to SARS-CoV-2.

  • Is the IgG Antibody Test accurate?

      The test has a sensitivity of 100%, and a specificity of 99%. This applies when the test is taken at least 14 days after symptoms are first present.

      Sensitivity refers to how effectively a test can identify those who have a specific illness or disease. This is also known as the ‘true positive rate.’ Specificity refers to how accurately a test can identify those who do not have a certain illness or disease.

  • Are the government using this type of coronavirus test?

      Throughout the pandemic, the UK government have been using PCR tests to determine if people are currently infected with the coronavirus. This type of coronavirus test has been reserved for key workers and those who are critically ill.

      However, now that two types of antibody test have been approved by Public Health England, the UK government are using these antibody tests to screen NHS workers.

  • How does the IgG Antibody Test differ from other types of COVID-19 tests?

      Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test is the first type of antibody test to be evaluated by Public Health England as a lab-based test on venous puncture. This type of coronavirus test involves a CQC registered laboratory examining a blood sample of a patient, to establish if Immunoglobulin G antibodies linked to SARS-CoV-2 are present. The IgG Antibody Test that we supply is above 99% accurate.

      The other main coronavirus test on the market is the PCR test. This is a swab test that also involves home sample collection, and examination by a laboratory. However, medical researchers analyse the sample to determine if genetic material related to COVID-19 is present, confirming if a person is currently infected with the coronavirus. This type of COVID-19 test has been used by the UK government to screen NHS staff and other key workers over the past few months.

  • Does the IgG Antibody Test show that I am completely immune to the coronavirus?

      There is currently no evidence that a person can be completely immune to SARS-CoV-2, or cannot be infected with the coronavirus more than once. Therefore, the IgG Antibody Test cannot confirm if a person is immune to COVID-19.

  • Can the IgG Antibody Test tell me if I am currently infected with COVID-19?

      No. Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test confirms if you have previously been infected with the coronavirus.

      If you would like to find out if you are currently infected with COVID-19, you should take the PCR test.

  • What is venous sampling?

      Venous sampling involves collecting blood from the veins by using a thin tube, or catheter. After doing so, the blood sample will be sent to a laboratory to be examined. Generally, the blood sample will be collected from the antecubital area of the arm, which is the fold between the upper and lower arm in front of the elbow, or the back of the hand. This method of testing is often chosen for tests where samples are examined by a laboratory.

      This method of sampling collects venous blood, which is deoxygenated blood.

      Abbott’s IgG Antibody Assay has been evaluated by PHE for venous samples. Please see the report here.

  • What is phlebotomy?

      Phlebotomy is also referred to as ‘venepuncture’ and involves taking blood directly from a vein. This can only be performed by a qualified Phlebotomist and is done using a needle. Phlebotomy is often used for medical testing, where blood samples are examined by laboratories.

  • How will a Phlebotomist collect a blood sample?

      Generally, a blood sample is collected from the antecubital fossa, which is the inner crook of the elbow, between the upper and lower arm. Initially, a tourniquet will be tied around your upper arm, a short distance above the elbow. This applies pressure, and restricts the blood flow, making it easier to collect a sample.

      Next, a needle is inserted into the vein and the blood is withdrawn. After removing the needle, a cotton bud will be gently pressed against the point of entry to prevent further bleeding. A plaster will then be applied.

      Once the sample has been collected, it will be sent to the laboratory for examination.

  • Is it painful?

      Some clients may experience discomfort when the needle comes into contact with the skin. You will experience a sensation like that of a pinprick when the needle is inserted into the vein.

  • Are there any side effects?

      You may see bruising around the site where the needle was inserted into the skin. If pressure is applied onto the area once the needle is removed to stop any bleeding, this should reduce bruising.

  • Are there any aftercare instructions I need to follow?

      We advise that you do not carry heavy bags for a few hours after the blood sample has been collected.

  • Is it safe?

      Yes. When performed by a qualified Phlebotomist, phlebotomy is perfectly safe. A new, clean and sterile needle will be used for your appointment and disposed of in a sharps container following sample collection.

  • When should I book in for this type of coronavirus antibody test?

      You should book an appointment for your Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test at least 14 days (more accurate) after symptoms are first present. This is because antibodies need time to develop after the initial infection. Immunoglobulin G antibodies are associated with longer-term immunity, in contrast to Immunoglobulin M antibodies, which are formed by the body as a primary response to an infection.

      It is imperative that you wait a minimum of 14 days after the onset of symptoms before you undergo your appointment for the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test, whether sample collection is due to take place at our clinic, or at your home. If you undergo your appointment before this point, you may still be infectious, and could therefore put our staff and other customers at risk.

      If you undergo this type of COVID-19 test too soon, you may receive a false negative result as there will not be enough antibodies to yield a positive result.

  • Should I undergo Abbott's IgG Antibody Test if I have not experienced any symptoms?

      There is evidence to show that people can be infected with COVID-19 without experiencing symptoms. Whether or not you experience symptoms, this type of COVID-19 test will be able to determine if you have previously had the coronavirus.

  • Can I visit your clinic to undergo the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test?

      Yes. When you purchase the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test, you will have the choice of booking an appointment to undergo sample collection at one of our clinics. If you cannot safely travel to these locations, or do not wish to, our Phlebotomist can visit your home or place of work to carry out sample collection if you are based in London, the Midlands, Wales, Manchester or Sheffield.

  • How long does the whole process take when I purchase a Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test?

      When you purchase the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test, we aim to book you an appointment within the next 7 working days. Please note that availability may vary due to high demand.

      Whether you undergo sample collection at our clinic, or at a location of your choice, this should not take more than 10 to 15 minutes.

      Once your sample has been received by the laboratory, you should receive an email with a link to your results within 48 hours, excluding weekends and bank holidays.

      Please note that there are factors outside of our control such as postage and transportation which may cause delays to the timescale. Rest assured we are doing all we can to ensure that we work within the timescale, helping you to get the answers you need as quickly as possible.

  • Will the IgG Antibody Test give me an instant result?

      While sample collection for the IgG Antibody Test can take place at your home or in our clinic, the sample must be sent to the CQC registered laboratory we have partnered with for examination. Therefore, results will not be instant. By choosing a pathology-based solution, we can ensure that our customers receive the most accurate results.

  • How long does it take to receive results from the IgG Antibody Test?

      Once the laboratory has received your sample, you will be sent an email with a link to your results within 48 hours provided it is within the working week (Monday – Friday).

  • How will I receive my results?

      You will be sent an email with a link to your results. Rest assured, this online platform is secure. Your result will either be positive, borderline or negative for the presence of IgG antibodies linked to SARS-CoV-2.

  • What if I receive a positive result from the antibody test?

      If you receive a positive result from this type of antibody test, this means that you have previously been infected with COVID-19. It is important to remember that Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test does not confirm that you are completely immune to SARS-CoV-2 or as to what level you may have had the virus.

      The laboratory may be required to notify the relevant bodies such as Public Health England of your IgG Antibody Test results. By placing an order you give our laboratory consent to do so.

      You should still adhere to government advice such as social distancing whether you receive a positive or negative result from Abbott’s IgG Antibody Test. Furthermore, if you or members of your household experience symptoms, you must still self-isolate, even if the coronavirus test has shown that you have already had COVID-19. This is because there is no evidence to prove that people cannot be infected with COVID-19 more than once.

  • What does a negative result mean?

      If you receive a negative result from the IgG antibody test, this means that you do not have IgG antibodies related to SARS-CoV-2 and have probably not had COVID-19. It is important to note that some people cannot generate antibodies to fight an infection. Such individuals would receive a negative result when they may in fact have had COVID-19.

  • What if I receive a negative result, but I experienced symptoms of COVID-19?

      Generally, a negative result implies that you have not had COVID-19.

      You may receive a false negative result if you undergo the Phlebotomist IgG Antibody Test too soon after experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. You should wait a minimum of 14 days (more accurate) after symptoms first appear before taking this type of coronavirus test. This is crucial if you are attending our clinic for sample collection, as if there is a possibility that you are still infected with COVID-19, this may put our staff and customers at risk. If you suspect you may have received a false negative, you should wait 7 days and book in for another test.

  • What does a borderline result mean?

      A borderline result means that there are not enough IgG antibodies to give a positive result. This means that the level of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies found in your blood sample is too low to be defined as a clear positive result.

      A borderline result may mean the sample was taken too early after the infection.

      If the sample was taken 14 days after symptoms were first present, we recommend you book in for a second test 7 days later. If this test was taken less than 14 days after the onset of symptoms, we recommend you retest 21 days after your symptoms first appeared. Testing after 21 days will allow for clarification of the result.

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