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COVID-19 Antibody Test Drive-Through Service
Romford

Opening 7th July 2020

Our COVID-19 antibody home drive through service can help identify if you have previously been exposed to COVID-19. Our COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Tests are CE marked, manufactured in a Swiss certified laboratory and are carried out by our trained registered nurses.

COVID-19 Antibody Test Drive Through Service - Romford

With the number of people now returning back to work since lockdown, it has become increasingly important for the swift testing of individuals who believe that they may have come into contact with the virus.

There is no perfect test for coronavirus antibodies and rapid tests have understandably received criticism which is why we are using a CE marked COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test which can only be performed by a fully trained healthcare professional following government guidelines. The tests are manufactured in a certified laboratory in Switzerland (9001:2015 & ISO 13485:2016).

It is not yet known how coronavirus antibodies offer protection from further infection but it is at least a starting point to understand if you have the antibodies.

  • The test requires a finger prick blood sample which is taken by a fully trained registered nurse. 
  • The antibody test is testing for the specific “IgG” & “IgM” COVID-19 antibodies. 

What is the COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid test?

COVID-19 IgG/IgM Rapid Test is a CE Certified immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies against COVID-19 in human whole blood, serum or plasma specimens. This test should only be performed and interpreted by fully trained, healthcare professional. An immunoglobulin test measures the level of certain immunoglobulins, or antibodies, in the blood. Antibodies are proteins made by the immune system to fight micro-organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and toxins.

Technical data for COVID-19 IgG antibodies: Sensitivity: 100%; Specificity: 98%; Accuracy: 98.6%

COVID-19 antibody test
COVID-19 antibody test

What is IgM?

IgM, which is mainly found circulating in the blood and lymph fluid, is the first antibody to be made by the body to fight a new infection (usually within the first 6 or 7 days). This could mean that your body is now essentially fighting the COVID-19 virus as you have had a rapid immune response. 

What is IgG?

IgG is our most abundant type of antibody and it is found in all body fluids protecting the individual against bacterial and viral infections. This usually develops 21 days after exposure to COVID-19 and means that you have been previously exposed to COVID-19, with or possibly without symptoms.

IgG positive - what does that mean?

COVID-19 IgG antibodies have been detected in your blood – this suggests that you have been exposed to COVID-19 and have had an immune response. The advantage of this test result is that you have now identified that you have previously been exposed to COVID-19. 

Please note: The link between the presence of antibodies and immunity is not proven. A positive test result for antibodies does not necessarily mean that you are immune to COVID-19. However, as we learn more about COVID-19 you will be in a better position to understand the implications of your test results.

IgM positive - what does that mean?

This could mean your body is now essentially fighting off COVID-19 as you have IgM antibodies which develop usually within 6-7 days of exposure to COVID-19. Should you test positive for IgM we would advise that you self-isolate following NHS & Public Health England guidance. 

Negative result - what does that mean?

An absence of antibodies means that it is likely that you have NOT had COVID-19. An absence of antibodies infers an absence of immune defence to further coronavirus infections. 

How does the drive through antibody testing service work?

Drive to our testing station located in the visitor car park at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium, London Rd, Romford RM7 9DU. No appointment needed.

Show online booking confirmation or pay by card as you arrive. Our test costs £69.

Fill out registration & consent form

Blood sample taken by a registered nurse

Results provided within 10 minutes

Test is CE marked and carried out by a qualified healthcare professional.

CQC Regulated Nursing Service

FAQ

frequently asked questions

The test looks for the presence of antibodies (produced by people with the virus to counteract the virus) against the COVID-19 virus. 

To see you if you previously had COVID-19 and may have some immunity from it.

It costs £69 for a test. 

Please pay for your test online and bring your booking confirmation with you. Our testing station is located in the visitor car park at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium, London Rd, Romford RM7 9DU. Alternatively, you can pay by card as you arrive.

We accept all major debit or credit cards including American Express. 

Our testing service is being held in the visitor car park Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium, London Rd, Romford RM7 9DU

Monday – Friday: 10AM – 4PM (we will not be open on 6th July) 

That’s correct, you will remain in the car at all times even when waiting for your results. 

Yes, this service is open to all members of the public. 

This test is relevant for people who have been isolating and wish to return to their household, community or workplace and need to know that they aren’t infectious. 

There’s no appointments just simply turn up anytime between Mon – Fri 10AM – 4PM. 

The maximum waiting time when we are busy is usually 20-30 minutes. 

Yes, we will give you a booklet which will have your results recorded. You can use this to show others your results including your employer. 

The link between the presence of antibodies and immunity is not proven. A positive test result for antibodies does not necessarily mean that you are immune to COVID-19. However, as we learn more about COVID-19 you will be in a better position to understand the implications of your test results.

Please follow government advice here.

Our tests are 98.6% accurate in detecting COVID-19 antibodies. The tests are CE certified and our manufactured in a certified laboratory in Switzerland (9001:2015 & ISO 13485:2016).

The link between the presence of antibodies and immunity is not proven. A positive test result for antibodies does not necessarily mean that you are immune to COVID-19. However, as we learn more about COVID-19 you will be in a better position to understand the implications of your test results.

Please follow government advice here.

PCR tests are performed by a fully trained, healthcare professional. It involves analysing a sample collected from deep inside the nose or the back of the throat by a swab or the sample might be saliva or other fluid. The test can take from less than an hour to several days to get a result.

Antibody testing looks for the presence of antibodies (produced by people with the virus to counteract the virus) against COVID-19 virus. The tests involves taking a finger prick blood sample which is then analysed for the presence of antibodies associated with COVID-19. (These tests should only be performed and interpreted by fully trained, healthcare professional).

Further advice on PCR & Antibody testing can be found on the government website here.

Following any antibody test you must still follow government advice on social distancing, hand-washing and isolation.

Having antibodies simply makes it more likely that you will not have a second infection or, failing that, that a second infection would be milder compared with a similar person who has no such antibodies. However, it is still not proven that you immune from COVID-19 once you have developed the antibodies. 

Unfortunately we can only tests adults. Anyone over the age of 16 we can test. 

Directions

Our antibody testing station is located in the visitor car park at Coral Romford Greyhound Stadium, London Rd, Romford RM7 9DU.

Opening Tuesday 7th July 2020 at 10AM

Opening Times:

Monday – 10AM – 4PM (we will not be open on 6th July)

Tuesday – 10AM – 4PM

Wednesday – 10AM – 4PM

Thursday 10AM – 4PM 

Friday – 10AM – 4PM

Do you have a question about this service?

Our nurses are available Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm