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
MOST SPECIFIC TESTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
The antibody test will only ever show a positive result for a coronavirus infection, which means that anyone who tests positive has definitely had COVID-19. It would not give a positive result if you’d had other viral infections, like flu.
The PCR swab test picks up at least 98% of positive cases and 100% of negative cases. It should only be used when you have coronavirus symptoms and is most effective if used within the first 5 days of having symptoms.
The Doctors Laboratory (TDL) that we are working with is currently reporting a sensitivity of 97.5% and specificity of 100% for the home sampling test using a capillary sample. The responsibility for the accuracy of the results is provided by the laboratory. More info can be found on the TDL website.
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 coronavirus (COVID-19) tests available. The PCR swab test, which will tell you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. And the antibody test, which will 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 currently have coronavirus symptoms
- 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 sample pack 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.
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:
- all essential workers including NHS and social care workers with symptoms
- people over 65 with symptoms
- people with symptoms going to work who cannot work from home (for example, construction workers, shop workers, emergency plumbers and delivery drivers)
- anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus and lives with any of those identified above
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 4 out of 5 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 entirely be 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 are currently not accurate enough, so have not been approved for sale 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 tests have a 100% specificity. This means that if it shows a positive result, it can only be for COVID-19. There is no cross-reactivity with any other viruses, including the flu, or the flu vaccine.
This test will not be affected by a flu vaccine or other illness.
If you test positive for coronavirus antibodies, you will know that you’ve previously been infected, recovered, and are likely to have some level of immunity. 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