COVID-19 Vaccine

We wholeheartedly recommend any of the approved vaccinations against Covid-19.  Unfortunately we are unable to get access to them throughout the private sector and this is likely to remain the situation for the foreseeable future. We advise all of our patients to check that they are currently registered with NHS practice and to do so if not.  This is usually a straight forward process and most practices offer an online option.  You will be contacted via your NHS practice when they have reached the appropriate tier for your vaccination.

COVID-19 Antigen / PCR Testing

We offer both rapid antigen test and PCR swab testing. Both tests involve taking a swab from mouth and nose and we are happy to advise on which test is more appropriate depending on your need.  The rapid test result will be available within 20 mins.  PCR swab test results are sent to a UKAS accredited laboratory and results can take up to 48 hours. PCR testing is required for Fitness to Fly clearance for most countries. Please contact us to discuss the options and arrangements for testing.

COVID-19 Antibody Testing

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.