Coronavirus antibody and swab testing service
We offer 2 types of coronavirus tests : an antibody test that checks if you’ve been infected in the past and a PCR swab test that checks if you’re infected with coronavirus right now.
You may only order one coronavirus test per patient to protect your privacy. This is because all results will be sent securely to your account, and we can not share a patient's result with anyone that isn't the patient themself. If someone else in your household also requires a test, they will need to create an account to place an order.
- The contents of the home sample collection pack sent to you are CE-marked, meaning they conform to European standards
- The sample you collect is tested by our partner laboratory, The Doctors Laboratory (TDL)
- TDL provides UK-accredited pathology services worldwide and is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK
THESE ARE SOME OF THE MOST SPECIFIC TESTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
You do not need to have symptoms of coronavirus to take a PCR swab test.
Our antibody test has a specificity of 98.8%, which means that 12 out of 1000 people may receive a false-positive result. Because of this, there is a small chance that this test might say you have antibodies when you don’t. However, if you do have antibodies, this test will tell you with 99.98% certainty.
The responsibility for the accuracy of the results is provided by the laboratory.
Our PCR swab test picks up at least 98% of positive cases and 100% of negative cases. It is most effective if used within the first 5 days of having symptoms.
We’re offering 20% off both coronavirus tests to all essential workers, including those in sectors where there is currently less access to testing such as logistics and food production. Message us on firstname.lastname@example.org with any proof of employment that shows you're an essential worker and we'll send you a discount code to use at checkout.
Coronavirus lab tests
Which test is right for me?
There are currently two types of coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available. The antigen test (where we use a swab), which will tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. And the antibody test, which can tell you if you have been infected in the past.
You can only order a coronavirus test for yourself. Each person that would like to test will need to register and order separately. Due to our testing policy, you must be over 18 to order a coronavirus test.
Take the antibody test if:
- You want to know if you have had the virus in the past
- You had symptoms of the virus over 14 days ago but did not have a PCR swab test to confirm if you had the virus
- You do not need to know if you currently have the virus
Take the PCR swab test if:
- You need to know if you have coronavirus at the moment
- You need to know if you are infectious or not
- You want to let your household members know if they need to self-isolate
- You have symptoms not usually associated with coronavirus but want to know if it is the virus
- You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, have since developed symptoms, and want to know if you have it at the moment
Our antibody test sample packs are CE-marked, meaning they conform to European standards for medical testing.
The sample you collect is tested in our partner laboratory, The Doctors Laboratory (TDL).
TDL provides UK-accredited pathology services worldwide and is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK.
If you have already been vaccinated, it is still possible to catch coronavirus, so if you are showing symptoms, you should order a PCR test to make sure.
Remember, even if you are vaccinated, you can still catch and spread the virus, so it's important to continue following government advice and guidelines.
Antibody testing is currently being carried out by various organisations such as the NHS after vaccination as part of research trials.
We can provide antibody testing if you've been vaccinated and want to check the vaccine's effects on your spike antibody levels, or if you want to see if you’ve had a covid infection before. However, there are several factors that may affect your results.
If you have been vaccinated and receive a negative result for antibodies, this can be caused by:
- Testing too early (less than 3 weeks after a dose)
- Having a delayed response (some people develop antibodies weeks later than others)
- Testing after the first dose only (some people only develop antibody responses after the second dose)
- Being immunocompromised, or a reason why your immune system may not react as well as others (either because of a medical condition like diabetes or cancer, older age, medication or lifestyle factors like obesity or smoking)
It's important to remember that a negative result does not necessarily mean you haven't responded to the vaccine. Immune responses after infection involve other immune pathways than just these antibodies. This includes cellular immunity (B and T cells), which are not analysed by this antibody test.
So, if you do receive a negative antibody result after one dose of the vaccine, you should continue to receive your second dose as planned.
The government has assigned a number of tests to private labs. We’re using a very small part of our partner laboratory’s capacity, which is currently not being used for the national effort. If this changes, we will work with our lab to make sure that we’re supporting the NHS as fully as possible.
The NHS is currently testing:
- anyone who’s been clinically indicated as having had the virus
- anyone who is a frontline NHS worker
- those in certain research studies
- anyone in an area of specific concern
We’re not taking any tests away from the NHS that they need.
Because we already sell other tests for patients to use at home, we’re able to easily make these lab tests available to a larger number of people, including other important workers who may not qualify for an NHS test.
Anyone can take this test, regardless of whether they’ve had symptoms or not. Recent studies suggest that up to 50% of people may not experience coronavirus symptoms at all.
Coronavirus is extremely infectious, so there is a chance that the members of your household may have been exposed if you have, but this isn't certain. It's also still not known what level of immunity antibodies give a person against the virus. So, even if you have all contracted the virus previously, you may not be entirely immune to it.
To return to work, you need to discuss your test results with your employer. It’s entirely up to your employer to decide that you’re fit to work, and this test alone does not permit you to do so without their consent.
Our tests only tell you if you have coronavirus at the point of testing or have had it in the past. There’s always the chance that you can catch the coronavirus after you’ve had a negative test. So if you get sick again, or suspect you may have caught it from someone after you’ve done your test, you should start self-isolating again, and can repeat the test if you want to.
While this test may show that you do not have coronavirus, you may still be suffering from another illness and should not return to work.
A rapid test is a test you can complete at home without sending a sample to a lab for analysis. These tests have varying levels of accuracy, and are only being used in certain settings in the UK.
Lab tests include our PCR swab test and antibody tests. With these, you collect a sample at home, which you send to one of our partner labs for results.
Our partner lab has performed tests to see whether our antibody tests show cross-activity (picking up another infection such as a different virus or the flu) and they did not detect any.
If you test positive for coronavirus antibodies, you will know that you’ve previously been infected with the virus, and are likely to have some level of immunity, but we don't know how much or how long it will last for. Even if you have recovered after testing positive, you should still follow the rules of social distancing as full immunity is not guaranteed. You may also still be able to spread the virus to more vulnerable people.
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion
Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.Meet our doctors
Last reviewed: 14 May 2020