COVID-19 Abbott Coronavirus testing

THROAT SWABS-ANTIGEN PCR TESTS IN CLINIC (NOT BY POST)

WE CAN ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF FITNESS FOR TRAVEL ABROAD-TEST RESULTS IN UP TO 48 HOURS

Many people are now requesting PCR throat swabs to rule our COVID 19 infection before travel or resuming other activities.

Samedaydoctor can now offer throat/nose swabs for COVID-19 coronavirus. The throat swab tests for the active virus.  We are carrying out swabs to rule out infection so patients can board flights and land in certain countries around the world.  Most countries require tests within 72 hours of travel which we can manage.

The throat swab can be used for current diagnosis or to rule out current infection.  You should not attend in person with current or recent symptoms.  The cost of the throat/nose swab including full consultation and certificate is £250.

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ANTIBODY TESTS

Tests are done in our clinic which produces much faster results than using a postal system.

Our coronavirus antibody tests are available as an Abbott laboratory test with blood draw from the arm (not fingerprick) with a result in 24 hours. All tests used have a CE mark and are approved by Public Health England

For the Abbott laboratory test the specificity is 100% and sensitivity 97.7%.  This is the most accurate test currently available in the UK and it has been approved for use by the NHS.  The cost of the blood test including full consultation and certificate is £190.

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We are CQC registered for diagnostic and screening procedures. https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/1-256230167

The blood test is for IgG antibodies to the virus and therefore tests for immunity to this virus i.e. it can tell you if you have had the virus recently. The blood test does not test for current infection and therefore should not be used to diagnose currently symptomatic coronavirus infections.  It is best done more than 3 weeks after the start of symptoms.

Please note that some people do not develop antibodies even after proven infection with COVID 19.

A full medical consultation takes place before the test is performed.  We are unable to see patients in clinic for any COVID-19 testing until they have been symptom free for 10 days and we will check temperature on arrival.  Face masks must be worn before arrival.

An independent review of our clinic testing programme was published in the Daily Mail see link  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-8332927/I-family-guinea-pig-new-Covid-antibody-test.html

 

 

 

About Dr Gerlis

Dr Laurence Gerlis qualified with double First Class Honours from Clare College Cambridge where he was a scholar and William Butler prize winner - he was a Price scholar at the Royal London Hospital. He was responsible for the first-ever worldwide approval of human insulin for use in patients. Dr Gerlis is a Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and holds the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM).

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