Coronavirus COVID-19 Tests:
PCR and Abbott IgG Antibody

At Omniya Clinic in London

Our responsibility is to ensure our patients receive accurate and reliable testing services.  As a result, we have partnered with the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK to offer both COVID-19 Tests: Abbott Antibody and PCR (Swab).

1. PCR (Throat Swab) COVID-19 Test:

Detecting whether you currently are infected with SARS-CoV-2

Sample Type: PCR swab
Turnaround Time: 2 -3 working days
Price: £150 (20% discount for NHS Staff and Key Workers)
Consultation (optional): £100

2. Abbott IgG Antibody COVID-19 Test:

Detecting IgG Antibody, which will confirm whether you have been exposed to COVID-19, and produced an immune response. 

The Abbott IgG Antibody test is approved by Public Health England. It is a CE marked, automated, interfaced, laboratory test (14 days or more after onset of symptoms).

Sample Type: SST/Serum
Turnaround Time: 1 to 2 working days
Price: £95 (20% discount for NHS Staff and Key Workers)
Consultation (optional): £100

 

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    Abbott IgG Antibody Coronavirus – COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

    Your immune system will react to the SARS-CoV-2 infection, and in turn produce antibodies (anywhere from a few days to 14 days and beyond). The specific IgG antibodies are produced in the later stages of infection to SARS-CoV-2, and are detectable after RNA is no longer detectable.

    IgG antibodies will allow us to identify who has been infected by SARS-CoV-2.

    Interpretation of Results

    • COV-2 IgG             < 1.4                 Not Detected                (Negative)
    • COV-2 IgG             >= 1.4              Detected                        (Positive)

    Specificity: 100%
    Sensitivity: 97.5%

    The results of the Abbott IgG Antibody test should be used in conjunction with clinical evaluation and diagnostic procedures. It has also been recognised that there can be delayed responses in immunocompromised patients.

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    COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Testing by PCR Assay

    Specimen

    • Nasal/Throat swabs.

    Note, if you are performing the PCR Swab Test, please follow these instructions:

    • Samples are to be taken from symptomatic patients between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms
    • Send specimens to the laboratory at an ambient temperature. These should be in the Category B packaging and labelled as containing HIGH RISK specimen.
    • Please send samples on the same day that they are taken to ensure the laboratory is able to provide best results. Further note that samples are still stable at an ambient temperature for 3 days for wet swabs, and also up to 6 days for dry swabs, but we strongly encourage you to send the samples on the same day.

    The assays used at our partner laboratory show:

    • A minimum sensitivity of 98%
    • A specificity of 100% with no cross-reactivity with other viruses.

    Indications

    The majority of people with COVID-19:

    • Have an uncomplicated or mild illness (81%)
    • Experience non-specific symptoms, which can include cough, fatigue, fever, muscle pain, sore throat, anorexia, malaise, dyspnea, nasal congestion, or headache.

    Less commonly, although this is continually developing, patients may also present with nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Further, a loss of taste and smell has been reported in the infection near the onset, and as of 18 May 2020, is noted in the official symptoms list in the UK.

    For high risk patients, particularly those aged above 70, reports state that a relatively small proportion of people may:

    • Develop severe illness requiring oxygen therapy (14%)
    • Require intensive care unit treatment (5%).

    The above is a non-exhaustive list.

    Current testing for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is rapidly evolving.

    Limitations and clinical interpretation

    As with all viral PCR assays, any patient with low viral loads are less likely to be detected by the test. A result showing ‘Not detected’ do not automatically preclude infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and as a result should not be the sole basis of a patient’s treatment or management. Where there is a strong clinical suspicion of an early COVID-19 infection repeat sampling should be considered 24-48 hours later.

    Patients with COVID-19 symptoms in intensive care have been shown to no longer carry the virus in the upper respiratory tract. Viral detection tests should assist in the decision on when to discontinue additional precautions for hospitalised patients.

    Results should be interpreted by a trained professional in conjunction with the patient’s history and clinical signs and symptoms, and epidemiological risk factors.

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    COVID-19, Abbott IgG Antibody and PCR Swab Test FAQs

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory tract infection caused by a newly emergent coronavirus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – which was first recognised in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in December 2019.

    Genetic sequencing of the virus suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is a betacoronavirus closely linked to SARS coronavirus 1.

    The Abbott COVID-19 Antibody test is best performed 14-21 days following symptoms, but not essential. The Abbott Antibody test is sensitive and specific to the IgG antibody of COVID-19. A positive test result will indicate that you have had the virus.

    Please note that this has not yet been confirmed to mean you have immunity, and you may contract the virus more than once.

    A negative test result (which has been completed in the 14-21 day following symptoms) would indicate that you have not suffered from COVID-19. Following this, you may still develop the infection at some point.

    This particular test is performed by blood sample, and can be drawn by a doctor or a nurse. However, in order to maintain social distancing, as advised by the UK government, we are able to offer a finger-prick test which you can perform at home, yourself. You then send your sample directly to our laboratory partner.

    Finding a safe and reliable test has been our priority at Omniya Clinic. Since the emergence of the coronavirus, we have been inundated with testing products. Until now, we were unconvinced that these tests were representative of the quality and safety we offer our patients.

    Abbott is approved for use by Public Health England, and has been given the CE market to certify compliance with EU safety regulations.

    The priority guidance would be to follow the UK government’s instructions, which is currently to self isolate (with members of your household) for 14 days.

    The PCR swab test, below, will help you to establish if you currently have the active virus. Note, the Abbott IgG Antibody Test will show if you have previously had the virus, and the PCR swab test confirms if you currently have the virus.

    Most patients who recover from coronavirus have been found to produce antibodies, but it is not yet known if an individual with a positive result showing presence of IgG levels following being infected with SARS-CoV-2 will be protected, either fully or partially from future infection, or for how long protective immunity may last.

    Testing should be undertaken 14 days or more following exposure or onset of symptoms. The incubation period of COVID-19 ranges from between 1 to 14 days, with the majority of cases manifesting with symptoms at 3 – 5 days. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, dry cough and difficulty breathing. These symptoms have the potential to develop into a very severe acute respiratory illness. Evidence shows that fatality rates increase with age, gender, body weight, ethnicity and comorbidities.

    Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory tract infection caused by a newly emergent coronavirus – Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This was first recognised in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, which is currently reported in December 2019. Genetic sequencing of the virus suggests that SARS-CoV-2 is a betacoronavirus closely linked to SARS coronavirus 1.

    The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 30 January 2020. Since then, the COVID-19 has since spread globally, and is a declared 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic. There are current measures in place across the world to reduce and flatten the spread of the virus, which is most commonly transferred from droplets (i.e. person-to-person). However, the virus is also transferred from infected surfaces. In the UK, the target is to reduce the reproduction number (R0) to less than 1.0 That is: one person infected by one affected individual.

    Infection has been recognised to occur prior to the onset of symptoms. Further, high titres of the virus can be detected on upper airway surfaces in people who do not develop symptoms.

    Infection with SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus, is diagnosed using reverse-transcriptase PCR.

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