Private Coronavirus Testing  – Complimentary with any Consultation.

In June / July, you will receive a complimentary Covid19 antibody test with any consultation or check-up.

 

Antibody tests check your blood by looking for antibodies, which can show if you had a past infection with the virus that causes Covid19

There are two types of antibodies:

  • IgM : this is the first antibody the body makes when it fights a new infection.
  • IgG : these antibodies take time to form but remain in the blood for a longer period of time

Dr Ravi will administer a test in his consulting rooms, and will interpret the results, and discuss possible infections and give advice on your specific health matters

Our Covid19 test identifies the body’s response to coronavirus 3-7 days after infection, and gives a qualitative yes/no result within 10 minutes. The tests are 99% effective, and are being used in NHS hospitals across the UK.

The most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough, but symptoms can take up to 14 days to appear so it is difficult to know if someone has been infected ahead of these conditions appearing. In the meantime, infected people can spread the virus unknowingly.

Why test?

You will know if you have had Covid19 and have the antibodies, and you can have a full discussion with Ravi about your level of risk and any impact or considerations for your health

If positive, reassurance that you have been infected with Covid19 and have the IgG antibodies, therefore give you peace of mind about the possible effect of Covid19 on your health and you are unlikely to transmit the infection.

Benefits Of Our COVID-19 Tests :

  • Significant time saving over lab methods – you’ll find out in 10 minutes if you have antibodies
  • Reassurance if you have had it, and have the antibodies in your blood
  • Identifies infection before symptoms appear or if you have had no symptoms (80% of people will have few/ no symtoms)
  • Assists in the control of viral transmission
  • Accuracy of 97.8% (IgM) and 99.6% (IgG)

FAQ’s

Accuracy, sensitivity and specificity ?

The new coronavirus lateral flow test uses antibodies that are specific for immune glycoproteins that are produced by infected individuals in response to the new coronavirus. These glycoproteins are called Immunoglobulin M and G (IgM and IgG). Immunoglobulins are normally produced by the immune system in response to bacterial or viral infections and act to ‘flag’ the pathogen, so that other immune cells can detect and kill it. The IgG/IgM that the test detects are specific to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, so a positive result would indicate the patient has contracted COVID-19. Since there are two analytes of interest (IgM and IgG), there are two test lines on the strip. Only one test line needs to be seen for a positive diagnosis (as well as the control line). Two test lines would also indicate a positive result. The new test has the following specifications: IgG – sensitivity = 100%, specificity = 99.5%, accuracy = 99.6%, IgM – sensitivity = 91.8%, specificity = 99.2%, accuracy = 97.8%

Is the coronavirus test CE marked? Does the test have IVD certification ?

Yes, the COVID-19 test is CE marked for professional use, and is therefore a registered IVD device.

Is the product already on the market, e.g. in Great Britain ?

This is a relatively new test, but is now being used successfully in many countries around the world.

Is this a new product exclusively for Coronovirus ?

Yes, this test is COVID-19 specific, detecting SARS-CoV-2 as an aid in the diagnosis of primary and secondary infections.

What is the evidence for reliability of this test ?

The COVID-19 test has undergone comparative studies for CE certification using PCR analysis, using 181 samples for both IgG and IgM antibodies.  This test is actually an evolution of a well-established Influenza rapid test that has been on the market for many years and demonstrated excellent accuracy and diagnostic value.

Has the test been accredited by the NHS or Public Health England (PHE) ?

The COVID-19 test is CE marked for professional use, and is therefore suitable for use by any health professional.  This test is very new to the market and is an excellent and accurate way to test quickly for the COVID-19 pathogen.

What happens if I test positive ?

Please call Dr Ravi Dasan and inform him. You will also need to phone 111 from any mobile or landline or visit https://111.nhs.uk/ for further information. Self-isolate immediately.