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Covid-19 Coronavirus Antibody Test Nurse Kit
This is an IgG Antibody test which will tell you whether your immune system has produced antibodies in response to coronavirus. This is the same test that has just been “deployed as part of the UK Secretary of State for Health's initiative for highly-reliable, large-scale antibody testing”. Please read more about this test here.
This Better2Know Covid-19 Antibody test requires a qualified clinician to draw a blood sample from your arm. To collect your sample, you will need to visit your local clinic or a qualified medical practitioner who can take your blood sample. Alternatively, Better2Know can arrange a convenient nurse visit for you. There may be an additional cost to get your blood sample taken.
Inside your testing kit, you will find:
- A gold-topped blood collection tube and protective case
- A needle and holder for use with the blood collection tube
- Pre-blood draw antiseptic wipe and plaster
- A pathology form
- A postage-paid envelope to return your sample to the laboratory
- A full set of instructions for getting your sample taken.
A full set of instructions detailing how to have your sample collected and how you can contact Better2Know with any queries will also be sent to you by email. Once your sample has been collected, please use the postage-paid envelope to send it to our laboratory.
Why test for Covid-19 with Better2Know?
- Highly accurate results. With 99.6% specificity and 100% sensitivity, this test will provide you with accurate results for your peace of mind.
- Early diagnosis. You can test as early as 14 days after your symptoms started.
- Fast turnaround time. You will receive your results within two working days of your sample’s arrival at our laboratory.
- Confidentiality. Your test results and personal information will always be dealt with in complete privacy.
- Accredited laboratories. All tests are performed at the highest clinical standards in our certified UK laboratories.
- World class patient support. Our friendly and experienced Patient Services team are available to answer your queries 24/7.
- Order before 4pm and your home test kit will be sent out on the same day.
- Online results. Track your results online in your secure Patient Area at any time. We will email you as soon as your results are ready to view.
- Follow-up call. If you test positive, you can speak to one of our highly trained advisors to discuss your result.
- Live chat. Contact our advisors discreetly using our online webchat.
When can I have a coronavirus antibody test?
You should wait at least 14 days after your symptoms began before having this test. This ensures the accuracy of the test. A recent study has shown the accuracy of this test rises to 99.9% specificity and 100% sensitivity for the Covid-19 IgG antibody in patients who test 17 days or more after symptoms began.
Who can get a coronavirus IgG antibody test?
This test is suitable and available to anyone who is looking to find out whether their immune system has produced antibodies in response to Covid-19.
What is an antibody test?
An antibody test is used to determine whether antibodies have been produced by the immune system in response to a virus. If your test detects the presence of Covid-19 specific antibodies, this indicates that you have had coronavirus and recovered. The link between antibodies and immunity has not yet been confirmed.
How accurate is this coronavirus test?
This test is highly accurate with 99.6% specificity and a sensitivity of 100% at 14 days after symptoms started, rising to 99.9% specificity and sensitivity of 100% after 17 days of onset of symptoms.
What should I do when I receive my kit?
Once you have received your test kit in the post, you should arrange to have your sample taken. You will be required to find a qualified nurse or clinician who can take a blood sample using the needle, sheath and blood collection tube provided. Included in your kit is a detailed set of instructions guiding you on how your sample must be collected correctly. Following this, please use the postage-paid return envelope to send your sample to our laboratory.
When will my Covid-19 antibody testing kit arrive?
Orders placed before 4 pm, Monday to Friday, will be sent out on the same day by first-class post.
How will I receive my results?
You will receive your results two working days after your sample’s arrival at our laboratory. You can track your results in your online Patient Area using the log-in details you will receive at the time of booking. You will receive an email once your results are ready to view. Our advisors work around the clock to ensure that you receive your results as soon as possible.
How much does a coronavirus test kit cost?
The Better2Know Covid-19 IgG Antibody Nurse Sample Collection Kit is available for £69.95.
How it works
How It Works
Testing for Covid-19 with Better2Know’s Home Test Kit is simple:
- 1 Buy your test online
- 2 Receive it in the post
- 3 Read the instructions and ask a qualified clinician to collect your sample
- 4 Return your sample to our lab in the postage-paid return envelope provided
- 5 Check your results online in your secure patient area
Better2Know provides private and confidential testing. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us using the phone number at the top of the page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can any factors affect the results of this test?
There are various reasons why you may receive a negative result. This does not mean that the test is inaccurate. There is still much for the medical industry to learn about Covid-19, including how long antibodies remain in the body, what this means for immunity, and why the virus affects individuals differently.
Q: How do I know if this test is suitable for me?
This Nurse Kit requires a qualified practitioner to collect a blood sample from your arm. Please bear in mind that this test may be unsuitable for you if you have adverse reactions to giving blood, an extreme phobia of needles or often struggle to draw blood. Instead, you may wish to book a Covid-19 antibody test at one of our clinics.
Q: How does this test work?
After receiving your Nurse Kit in the post, please read the instructions provided in full. You should then arrange for a qualified clinician to collect your blood sample. Once your sample has been collected, you should then send it to our laboratory for analysis, along with your pathology form, in the postage-paid envelope. Better2Know will contact you with your results when they are ready.
Q: Is this test reliable?
When taken at least 17 days after symptoms began, this test has 99.9% specificity and a sensitivity of 100%. If your test result is negative, there are several reasons why this may be, as listed above. As testing methods and research surrounding Covid-19 develop further, Better2Know will seek to bring you the most up-to-date tests available.
Q: What will my results tell me?
Your result will either be positive or negative. A positive result suggests that you have had Covid-19 and your immune system has produced antibodies in response to the virus. However, this may not mean that you are immune to Covid-19. You may still be able to pass the virus to others or become infected with Covid-19 again. The length of time any immunity may last is still being investigated by researchers around the world. If your result is negative, this indicates that your body has not produced Covid-19 specific antibodies. This may be for one of the following reasons: • You have never had Covid-19. • You have had Covid-19 but your body did not produce specific antibodies to fight the infection. Instead, other immune system factors and antibodies may have helped with your recovery. • You have had Covid-19 and produced antibodies, but they are no longer detectable. • You are currently infected with Covid-19, but your body has not yet begun to produce antibodies in response.
Q: What will the packaging look like?
Your kit will arrive in a plain envelope with your typed name and address.
Q: When will you send my kit to me?
If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, it will normally be sent by first class post on the same day. Orders placed after 4pm will be sent the next working day, while orders placed over the weekend will be sent out on Monday.
Q: Do I need to use my real name?
No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.
Q: How can I order my Nurse Kit?
To order your Covid-19 Nurse Kit, simply click Add to Basket and follow the instructions. If you would like to speak to an advisor, please call our team on the number displayed at the top of the page.
Q: What if I have any more questions?
You can reply to one of the emails sent to you from our Patient Services team. You can also contact our sexual health advisors using our live chat or phoning our team who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.