COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Testing

Knowing results can help control the spread of Covid-19, speed up care, protect your workplace and facilitate international travel.

Early detection helps slow the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the community. We believe that everyone who needs a coronavirus test should be able to get access.

We can help you decide which test (if any) is most appropriate, and provide written documentation of test results.

There are two types of tests:

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) IgG Antibody Test: £169

A blood test to see if you have antibodies to COVID-19 that would indicate past infection

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) RT-PCR Test: £250

A swab test to see if you currently have the virus

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) IgG Antibody Test

Antibody testing can tell whether a person has been previously infected. Most patients who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies, but it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result showing presence of IgG levels following being infected with SARS-CoV-2 will be protected, either fully or partially from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.

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. These symptoms have the potential to develop into a very severe acute respiratory illness. Evidence shows that fatality rates increase with age, gender, body weight, ethnicity and comorbidities.

The host immune system reacts to the infection by SARS-CoV-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks and beyond. 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. Test development relating to SARS-CoV-2 is rapidly evolving.

What type of sample is needed?
A member of staff will take a blood sample from you.  The sample is then sent to a trusted, accredited external laboratory and analysed. We will provide you with the results in 2-3 days.

Please ring the clinic on 0118 958 2016 or 01491 873 989 to make an appointment.

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) RT-PCR Test

  • Detects the COVID-19 virus with a high degree of accuracy, meeting Internationally-recognised standards.
  • Is suitable for people with current or recent symptoms, or those who believe they have been in contact with someone else who may have COVID-19.
  • Confirms if someone currently has a COVID-19 infection or not. Testing also provides definitive evidence of a Covid-Negative result, where required for travel.

It stands for “real time reverse transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction”. It is a highly sensitive method of detecting viral genetic molecules, and a simple technical explantation is as follows. The coronavirus genome is stored in molecules called RNA. The technique uses an enzyme to “reverse transcribe” RNA into DNA, and then to make many copies of any resulting DNA molecules that are an exact match with unique “target” sections of the coronavirus genome, to the point where they can be detected.

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A throat and nasal sample is required. It will be taken by a member of staff. The sample will then be sent to a to a trusted, accredited external laboratory and analysed using a PCR machine. The PCR test works by detecting the genetic material of a virus at a molecular level. It can identify not just COVID-19, but also influenza, common cold viruses and other causes of respiratory infection from the same sample. This means it can pinpoint the exact cause of your symptoms. PCR testing can confirm or rule out an active Coronavirus (Covid-19) infection.

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A PCR test requires a swab sample from the throat and nose. The swab looks like a long “cotton bud”. The swab is touched against the back of the throat, and the inside of the nose. If a person is shedding virus, infected cells and viral particles are trapped on the fibres of the swab, ready for analysis.

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Coronavirus RT-PCR tests cannot be performed on a blood sample. Covid-19 blood tests detect antibodies, which the body produces in response to a Covid-19 infection. Therefore, the presence of antibodies denotes past infection not active infection. Whereas PCR tests detect current infection collecting a sample of live virus from the nose and throat.

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The majority of people test positive on PCR by Day 5 or Day 6 following exposure to an infected case. However, in some cases it can take up to 14 days for a person to develop Covid-19 symptoms. This is why there is a self-isolation period of 14 days following contact with a Covid-positive person.

Please ring the clinic on 0118 958 2016 or 01491 873 989 to make an appointment.