COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) Antigen Test
Private Coronavirus PCR Swab Test
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- Nasal & Throat Swab Methods
An antigen is a substance that triggers your immune system into creating antibodies against it. Antigens can come in the form of chemicals, bacteria and indeed viruses, such as Covid-19. The purpose of an antigen test is to search for the nucleocapsid protein – this is the protein that is most prevalent in coronavirus.
The nasal/throat swab is administered in-house and results are immediate. Bodyvie offers this testing for screening and to confirm ‘negative’ virus status of patients. We are not testing any symptomatic patients onsite. Should you have symptoms of Covid and require testing, please look at our home-administered and laboratory processed PCR Antigen test option below.
The PCR nasal/throat swabs are taken using a dry swab – this is self administered by the patient at home. Testing kits are posted direct to patients, by Bodyvie, to minimise contact risk and spread of infection. Samples are returned to The Doctors Laboratory in specially packaged ‘High Risk Specimen’ Category B packaging, by the patient.
Dr Weber will instruct patients through the process and cost is inclusive of a private GP telephone consultation.
*Due to limited national availability and access to PCR tests, Bodyvie is restricting it’s testing to medically indicated cases as part of it’s private GP clinical services. Bodyvie will not be offering PCR tests for any patients requiring travel certificates who simply wish to confirm a negative status. Our aim is to assist the government in test and trace, and prioritise high risk patients with symptoms.*
Samples should be taken from symptomatic patients between days 1-5 from onset of symptoms. Please factor in postal time and processing time. The Doctors Laboratory are working to provide results within 48 hours, however this might vary depending on their load.
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