Rapid Antibody Test
An antibody test can tell you if it's likely you've had coronavirus before.
But it does not work for everyone, as some people who've had the virus do not have antibodies.
An antibody test does not tell you:
if you're immune to coronavirus
if you can or cannot spread the virus to other people
How an antibody test works:
An antibody test checks for antibodies in your blood.
Your body makes antibodies when you get an infection. They help fight the infection.
If you have coronavirus antibodies in your blood, it's likely you've had the virus before.
Once you've had an antibody test, there are three types of result you can get Positive, Negative, Void.
What Your Antibody Test Result Means
A positive result means the test did detect COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies so it is likely you’ve had coronavirus before (even if you can’t recall having symptoms).
It is not possible to say when.
It does not mean you are guaranteed to be immune (protected) from further infection.
You might get the virus again.
It does not mean you cannot spread the virus to others.
A negative result means the test did not detect COVID-19 coronavirus antibodies so it is unlikely you’ve had the coronavirus before.
However, it is possible to have had the virus and receive a negative antibody result. This can happen for some people because they do not develop antibodies, or their level of antibodies is too low for the test to detect.
A void result means the test did not work.
There are many potential reasons for this and it’s not possible to tell you the exact one.
For example, it could be a problem with the test kit, how the test was carried out (like the blood sample collected was too small) or there was a delay between taking the sample and the lab checking it.
A void result is still important for research purposes.
Vaccines “train” the immune system to respond to harmful viruses. In the case of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine developers have focused on mimicking the virus’ Spike protein.
Three vaccines all feature full-length SARS-CoV-2 spike trimers: Oxford University / AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNTeh, and Moderna.
An antibody test is a small blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before.
Professor Lawrence S. Young, Virologist at University of Warwick Medical School:
”The AbC-19™ Rapid Test targets the IgG antibodies to the full spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and therefore has the potential to help identify the immune system’s response to the current three Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved vaccines.
The assay could help establish whether people’s immune systems are responding to the vaccine in the right way, and, ultimately, could be predictive of a protective immune response”.
Your Test Experience
You arrive at one of our testing sites at your scheduled appointment time.
You will be welcomed by one of our specialist sample collection officers.
We will scan your unique test QR code this can be printed or on your phone.
We may ask to see some photo ID either a passport or driving licence.
Your sample will then be collected from you by one of of our team using a small finger prick to collect a droplet of blood.
You will leave the site while your sample is processed on site.
Results take between 5 and 10 minutes and you'll get a an email straight away with your result.
We are a government listed testing facility!
You can book online using the scheduler below.
Antibody tests are available every day of the week.
If the day you require is not in the scheduler below, you can call our dedicated Covid team on 01793 677480.
We will ask you some questions to help determine a testing time for you and will take a few details to book your test
Your result will be emailed to you after your appointment.
Drive In - Swindon
Our Covid team are available on 01793 677480 if you need any help with the booking process, or are unsure when your sample should be taken.
The drive in test location is Swindon, SN40HH and tests are strictly by appointment only.
Full appointment instructions will be emailed with your booking confirmation.