Coronavirus Antibody Self-Test kits are now available. Completed under the supervision of a Nomad clinician during a video consultation, our test kits are authorised for use by the MHRA for rapid antibody testing.
These kits are sent to you and can only be used during an online consultation with a clinician. The test results from this type of test are lower accuracy than in-clinic testing, however they will detect COVID-19 antibodies. A higher degree of accuracy can be obtained from the In-Clinic Antibody Test completed at a Nomad clinic & analysed at our laboratory.
Please ensure you read and understand the following important information:
- The presence of antibodies does not necessarily mean that the individual is protected against future Covid-19 infections. It is currently unclear whether COVID-19 antibodies provide immunity, and how long any immunity may last.
- This antibody test should not be used to diagnose someone as being currently sick with COVID-19. To test for a current COVID-19 infection, you will need to use the Coronavirus PCR Self-Swab Test Kit
How much does the coronavirus antibody self-test kit cost?
The Nomad coronavirus antibody self-test kits cost £60 for one person. The kit includes; Blood test kit, online video consultation with a Nomad clinician & your results information.
How does the coronavirus antibody self-test kit work?
Once you’ve completed your order for a your Coronavirus Antibody Self-Test Kit, a team member will be in touch to arrange a video consultation with a Nomad clinician. Once this is confirmed, the self-test kit will be posted to you.
Do NOT attempt at any time to undertake the test without a clinician being present. Doing so will invalidate the test and no result can be issued.
During your video consultation, the clinician will guide you through the sampling and testing procedure. You will need to take a blood sample from a small finger-prick using the micro lancet provided with the Coronavirus Antibody Self-Test Kit. Once you’ve taken your blood sample, you will add a small amount of blood to the test cassette whilst being watched by the clinician. This will activate the reagents in the testing cassette to provide a series of lines. These lines once displayed to the clinician will indicate the probable antibodies and the result will be explained to you.
How will i receive my coronavirus antibody test results?
Once the clinician has reviewed the results on the test cassette they will inform you of what this means regarding the levels of COVID-19 antibodies detected and what future measures you should complete to reduce the risk of infection.
What are the possible results of the self-test kits?
Your result documents will include your results, which will be either IgG Negative, IgG Positive or Borderline/Indeterminate. You will also be provided with information to help you understand each of these possible Coronavirus Antibody Test results. Your test results cannot be supplied if the testing is completed without the presence of a clinician as any result will not be valid.
What if i have questions about my coronavirus antibody results?
Our expert clinicians are available to answer your questions regarding your coronavirus self-test kit results. We’ll let you know how you can reach a Nomad medical expert when we send your coronavirus antibody results.
About coronavirus antibody laboratory test analysis
Specialist laboratories are able to analyse full blood samples to check to see if specific antibodies to COVID-19 coronavirus are present. These are proteins that indicate if you were previously infected with the virus. The antibodies help to fight off the disease and are only produced by the body after infection has occurred. They can usually take 8-10 days to appear but can take longer. These tests have higher levels of accuracy and can be completed at a Nomad clinic.
When should i use the coronavirus antibody self-test kits?
To ensure your body has had sufficient time to produce COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies, and to avoid a false negative result, this test should be done 14+ days after you started to show symptoms. It is important to understand that not every individual creates circulating antibodies even after a confirmed infection; antibodies may not be detected but this does not mean you have not previously been infected.