Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing
Want to know if you’ve had coronavirus (COVID-19)?
With our antibody testing service, you can now find out if you’ve previously had coronavirus (COVID-19). A simple blood test taken by a clinician in one of our participating health clinics will give you a result within 3 - 5 days. Plus you’ll have access to our team of nurses to discuss the results if you want to..
Please note we currently do not offer antigen testing, which tests whether you currently have coronavirus.
It is important to note that COVID-19 is a new virus, so it is not yet known if the presence of antibodies provides immunity to COVID-19, or for how long any protective immunity may last. Even if you get a positive result you still need to follow government guidelines around social distancing and self-isolation.
Why should I book a coronavirus (COVID-19) antibody test with Bupa?
- The only method currently approved for antibody testing is for a clinician to take a blood sample
- We’re partnered with an accredited laboratory to do our testing
- Get a result within just 3 - 5 days
- You’ll have access to our 24/7 nurse helpline should you have further questions or concerns
- You don’t need to be a Bupa insurance customer
- One transparent price includes the test and follow up advice
Antibody testing can detect whether you’ve previously had COVID-19. It does not tell you whether you currently have COVID-19.
No, if you encounter certain viruses the body may produce antibodies to help defend against it, should you come into contact with it again. However because COVID-19 is a new virus, it is not yet known if the presence of antibodies provides immunity to COVID-19, or for how long any protective immunity may last. Even if you get a positive result you still need to follow government guidelines around social distancing and self-isolation.
The COVID-19 antibody test looks for the presence of a specific antibodies in the blood for the SARS-Cov-2 virus (the virus that causes COVID-19). The presence of antibodies on a blood test helps identify those who have been previously infected by COVID-19. You’ll either receive a positive (antibodies detected) or a negative result (antibodies note detected).
Our tests have been evaluated for their accuracy by Public Health England. The specificity of our tests was evaluated as being over 99%. The sensitivity of our tests was evaluated as being between 87-93%. No test is 100% accurate and a negative test therefore does not rule out previous COVID-19 infection.
Tests are best done 14 days after the onset of symptoms: a negative result therefore only gives information about exposures that were over 14 days prior to the test.
No. This test is for antibodies for Covid-19. These are formed in response to infection with Covid-19 are best detected over 14 days after infection began. This test therefore does not tell you if you are currently contagious.
This test will not tell you if you currently have Covid-19. If you have symptoms, the NHS is providing testing to tell you if you are currently infected. We will be happy to provide a test for you if it has been over 14 days since your symptoms began and have since resolved.
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Bupa Occupational Health Limited provides testing for COVID-19 by working together with The Doctors Laboratory Limited.