There are now a number of tests available which can show previous exposure to Covid-19, and/or response to Covid vaccination. These are outlined below but we are happy to discuss your requirements if you are uncertain about which test/s are appropriate for you.
These tests involve taking a small blood sample and sending it for laboratory assessment. Children have the option of taking a finger prick test and this can be discussed with the doctor.
Please note that these are not tests for acute infection but aim to show if you have been previously infected with the virus, and/or responded to your Covid vaccination. These tests are most accurate any time from 21 days following your illness or vaccination. You can still attend for testing after this period.
The tests currently available include:
Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2-S (Spike) IgG/IgM total antibody test
This test enables the determination of both the presence and level of antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2-S spike protein, which is the target of many COVID-19 vaccines. It can signal whether a person has already been infected and has potentially developed immunity to the virus, and plays an important part in characterising a vaccine-induced immune response.
The following 3 tests measure antibody response to previous Covid infection. They use different technology and not all may be positive following infection. Further detail on these tests and whether or not they are suitable for you can be discussed with the doctor at the time of your visit.
Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG/IgM total antibody test
This blood test enables the determination of the presence of IgG and IgM antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein.
Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgG test
This blood test enables the determination of the presence of IgG antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid protein.
Abbott Architect SARS-CoV-2 IgM test
This blood test enables the determination of the presence of IgM antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein.