Covid-19 Antibody Testing

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering the Covid-19 antibody test at The Surrey Park Clinic.

What Does the Antibody Test Look For?

The majority of patients who recover from Coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies; initially an IgM antibody and then an IgG antibody during the recovery phase. The detection IgG antibody shows whether a person has previously been infected by SARS-Cov-2.

When Can The Covid-19 Antibody Test be Done?

The blood test should be undertaken 17 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms. The immune system reacts to the SARS Cov-2 by producing antibodies from a few days to 2 weeks and beyond. Specific IgG antibodies are produced at the later stages of the infection to SARS Cov-2. The persistence of IgG antibodies allows the identification of people who have been infected by SARS -Cov-2.

How Accurate is the Antibody Test?

Medical tests are usually measured for accuracy by looking at two criteria – Specificity and Sensitivity. The higher the percentage, the more accurate the result.

The test is 100% Specific
A test that has 100% specificity will identify 100% of patients who do not have the disease.

The test is 97.5 % Sensitive 
A test that is 100% sensitive will identify all patients who have the disease.

What Are The Symptoms of Covid-19?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting Diarrhoea

Please note that this test is an antibody blood test to check if you have previously had Covid-19. It is not a swab test to determine if you currently have the virus. The Covid-19 Antibody test is not available to anyone under the age of 16.

For more information or to book your test simply complete the contact form below or call 01483 454016. Alternatively to book your test online please click here

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