Nurse Clinic COVID-19 antibody testing service
Attend one of our health clinics to get a COVID-19 antibody test. One of our trained nurses will collect a blood sample which will be sent to our partner lab and the results analysed by our team of Online Doctors.
Price: £89 (includes the nurse appointment)
Service only available in England and Wales due to current regulations.
About the COVID-19 antibody testing service
What does the service involve?
The service involves collecting a blood sample to perform a test to see if you have Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2) antibodies. The blood sample will be taken by one of our trained nurses via a venous blood draw. This means that we will collect a small sample of blood from one of your veins. The sample is then sent to a certified medical lab to be tested. Your results will be analysed by one of our Superdrug Online Doctors who will give you your results via the Superdrug Online Doctor platform.
How accurate are the results?
The COVID-19 antibody test is performed by Online Doctor’s partner lab, The Doctors Laboratory (TDL). TDL is a UK accredited medical lab who are responsible for performing the test and ensuring its accuracy. TDL is currently reporting a sensitivity of 97.5% and specificity of 100% for the venous sampling test.
This means that:
- of 1000 people who have had COVID-19, 975 will correctly test positive
- of 1000 people who have not had COVID-19, 1000 will correctly test negative
More information of the test can be found on the TDL website
Do I need to bring photograph ID to the nurse appointment?
Yes, you must bring Photo ID that is officially recognised such as driving licence, identity card or passport. The nurses will review to ensure the person providing the blood sample is the same person registered with Superdrug Online Doctor for the service.
Can I book a test for someone else?
You can book an appointment in the clinic for someone else if you have their permission. The person who is attending the appointment for the blood sample must register their details with Superdrug Online Doctor in advance of the appointment.
You must be over 18 years of age for the service.
In clinic COVID-19 guidelines
Before booking an appointment please read our safety guidelines before attending a clinic appointment. These guidelines in-line with government advice and have been implemented to protect both you and our teams. Click to guidelines
When should I book an appointment?
If you have experienced coronavirus symptoms you must wait at least 14 days before attending the clinic to have a blood sample collected. If you have not experienced any coronavirus symptoms you can still book an appointment for the service.
How is the blood sample sent to lab?
Our nurse will package your blood sample in a pre-paid envelope you will need to post the sample via a Royal Mail priority post box, this normally reaches the lab in 24 hours. For more details visit Royal Mail.
How long will it take to receive my results?
After you have posted your test through a Royal Mail priority post box, your results should be ready within two days of the lab receiving your sample. Once your results have been analysed by one of the Superdrug Online Doctors, a message will be sent to your online account.
Please be aware that our partner lab may not be able to generate a result from every test due to a variety of factors, this may include haemolysis of the sample. In these circumstances, we would do our best to offer a replacement test and nurse appointment that suits you.
If I get a positive result does this mean I am immune from Coronavirus?
A positive test result confirms you have previously had coronavirus and that your body has produced an immune response. It is still unclear that having the antibodies would result in long-lasting immunity which would prevent you from getting the virus again.
If you receive a positive result you should still follow the government guidelines on social distancing measures.
What will the COVID-19 antibody testing service tell me?
The service tests for the presence of antibodies to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus. This will tell you that you have previously had coronavirus.
Does a negative result mean I’ve not had COVID-19?
If you’ve not had typical COVID-19 symptoms before, then a negative result probably means you’ve not been infected. But, if you think you have previously had typical COVID-19 symptoms but have a negative antibody result, it may be that you have not had a sufficient immune response to it, or your antibody levels have dropped since your infection. It’s impossible to say who these people are without testing for antibodies. There is some evidence to suggest that antibody levels in some people may drop to undetectable levels some time after infection, but other parts of the immune system stay active. These B cells and T cells might provide some level of immunity, but we don’t have tests for them yet, and we don’t know what level of immunity they might provide. There are other tests which are being developed that might give a better indication of past infection, but these are in a research phase. Once they become available, we’ll let you know.
Is the service in-line with the government guidelines on antibody tests?
The service is in-line with the manufactures intended use for the COVID-19 test, when the manufacturer developed the laboratory test, they validated it against blood taken from veins. Government guidelines states, a COVID -19 testing service can be offered where a healthcare professional takes a venous blood sample from a patient to send to the lab for testing. This is a validated sample type and in line with the CE marked intended use.
The blood sample is collected by a registered nurse who is trained to take a venous blood sample. The test is performed by a UKAS-accredited laboratory using a CE-marked antibody test.