Is this kit the same as the ‘instant’ test-kits seen on the news?
There has been a lot of press around ‘instant’ test kits, which work like pregnancy tests, and claim to confirm if a person has had COVID-19 in the past. These ‘instant’ at-home test kits have not been approved by the EU and there is no evidence to prove their accuracy.
The sampling kit we are providing contains CE-marked equipment and approved for sale in the UK.
Who can use this antibody blood sampling kit?
These kits are for personal use only. You can order a kit from us if you are over 18, but you cannot order the kit for somebody else. You will be limited to one kit per person.
Should I take this test even if I didn't have symptoms?
It’s your decision whether you would like to take the COVID-19 antibody test or not.
Taking the test and gaining a positive result may put your mind at ease. This does not, however, give you permission to go against NHS guidance such as social distancing, or self-isolating if you were to develop COVID-19 symptoms in the future. A positive result on an antibody test does not confirm immunity.
Taking the test and receiving a negative result may mean you take extra precautions (such as social distancing and self-isolating) in your daily life to avoid catching the virus and spreading it further.
It is possible that you had COVID-19 and were asymptomatic, meaning you had the virus without experiencing any symptoms.
Does the COVID-19 antibody test tell me if I’m immune from the virus?
No, it’s important to remember that the test cannot tell you if you are immune from the virus. Having antibodies against COVID-19 does not give full protective immunity. The test simply confirms that you have been exposed to the virus.
When will my COVID-19 antibody blood sampling kit arrive?
Your sampling kit will arrive within 2 working days of your order being approved by our clinicians.
How do I send my sample back to the laboratory?
Your sampling kit will come with packaging and prepaid postage to send your sample back to our approved partner laboratory.
How will I receive my COVID-19 antibody results from the laboratory?
Once the lab has received your sample, it usually takes 2 working days for them to process your results. The lab will send your results to us and we will send you an email (and text if you have opted in to receive SMS updates) to let you know that your results are ready. You will need to log into your account and your results will be in your Patient Record.
What happens if I test negative for COVID-19 antibodies?
If your result is negative, this means COVID-19 antibodies were not present in your blood sample. However, if you have symptoms, you must self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
Please remember there is the possibility of a false negative result. This means it is possible the test result is negative when a person is positive. This can be due to low levels of the antibody at different stages of the disease.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?
If your result is positive, this means the presence of COVID-19 antibodies was detected in your sample. If your COVID-19 blood test is positive, this means antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus were detected in your sample and you have recently had COVID-19.
We will provide you with personalised advice and support, depending on your results and if you have symptoms.
Will LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor report test numbers and results to Public Health England (PHE)?
Our partner laboratory will be reporting the number of tests they perform and their outcomes to PHE. By doing this they will be contributing to the government's official statistics and monitoring of the virus. Your personal data will not be included in these reports.