Covid Test Disclaimer
Following the recent outbreak of the corona virus, GPDQ has been working in partnership with labs who have been providing kit which detects whether an individual is positive/negative COVID-19 diagnosis.
This tests for presence of the virus on swabs. A PCR test looks for the presence of the RNA of the virus itself. This means that it will pick up the presence of the actual virus in the nose and throat. It is very accurate and will be able to confirm whether anyone with symptoms is actively infected with the virus. It will also pick up whether the virus in present for people who have been exposed but are not showing any symptoms as yet. This is a more expensive test as it requires more technical expertise. It will also be able to confirm whether someone has the virus in their nose and throat for the 14 days or so before they show any symptoms.
This test is a PCR test for the coronavirus or Covid-19 virus. It is a very accurate and sensitive test which will detect whether there is any DNA/RNA of Covid-19 in your nose and/or throat. Taking a swab from your nose and the back of your throat is a relatively straightforward process but proper care needs to be taken when doing it to ensure the test has the best chance of being accurate.
If your result comes back positive (ie confirming that there is Covid-19 DNA/RNA on your swab) then you can be pretty sure that you have coronavirus in your throat. The implications of this, whether your feel ill or not, is that you can spread the virus and you should call NHS 111 and check the latest NHS advice here:
This is particularly the case if you feel unwell or short of breath at all.
If you get a negative result (ie confirming that no Covid-19 DNA/RNA was found on your swab) then it is cautiously good news but does not completely guarantee that you have not been exposed to Covid-19. All it definitively confirms is that there was no Covid-19 on the swab. This means that there is a chance that you have swabbed yourself in a window when there were no viruses there.
If you begin to feel any of the symptoms of covid-19 please contact a medical professional immediately.
The guidance on what to do is changing fast as more is being learnt about the virus all the time so please always refer to the latest advice but if you have any questions at all about this test or would like to speak to one of our GPs please call us on the number below
02038051781 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If a patient wants to know if their symptoms are being caused by covid-19, or whether they have been exposed to it from contacts and have the virus lurking in their nose and throat; and whether they need to self-isolate for the full 14 days and contact all their contacts – then it is the PCR test which they should have.
Sample Delivery: Samples should be sent to the requisite testing address on the same day as sample collection.
Testing: GPDQ will make every reasonable endeavour to analyse your sample and to provide you with a results report. However, if you have not undertaken the test in accordance with the User Instructions, or have failed to complete the Screening Request Form correctly, we may not be able to process your sample; should this occur, we may provide you with a new test at the cost of the initial quoted price per sample kit, at our own discretion. In this circumstance, any money already paid will not be refunded.
Results Delivery: Following receipt of your sample, we aim to provide your results within 7 days of our laboratory receiving your sample. Delivery dates for test results are approximate only and GPDQ will not be held liable for any delay in delivery. We may deliver your results earlier than the time indicated within this document.
Purpose: This array should be used for initial screening purposes as a convenient and confidential way of getting tested quickly for a suspected respiratory tract infection. The results are not intended to replace medical advice, nor should they be used as a full diagnosis, or to prescribe medication, without consulting an appropriate medical professional. Laboratory testing will always have a small degree of variability and 100% accuracy of all test results cannot be guaranteed.
Refunds: GPDQ will not offer a refund on any unused sample collection kits.
Liability: Nothing in these terms or conditions excludes or limits the liability of GPDQ as follows: – 1) for death or personal injury caused by our negligence, or 2) under section 2 of the Consumer Protection Act 1987, or 3) for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or 4) by the conditions implied under section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 or 5) by the conditions implied under section 2 of the Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982. GPDQ shall not be liable to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, loss of opportunity, loss of goodwill, or any claims for indirect compensation whatsoever, which may arise out of, or in connection with, the use of the goods or services provided. GPDQ’s total liability in contract, tort, misrepresentation or otherwise; arising in connection with the performance of these conditions, shall be limited to losses which are a foreseeable consequence of the failure to comply with these terms and conditions only.
IgG/IgM antibody testing
This tests the blood for the presence of antibodies that the body has produced in response to being exposed to the virus. These tests are simpler to produce and there are many testing kits coming out that work simply from a finger-prick sample and show a positive or negative result. These tests are much cheaper. Quite apart from whether these tests are accurate or not (and they probably are), the problem with these tests for now, is that not enough is known about the body’s antibody response to covid-19 to be able to usefully interpret the results.
- It is not known how long after the infection the body produces antibodies so it may be that someone with symptoms will not yet have produced antibodies, so it cannot be relied on (yet) to give a diagnosis or reassurance about active infection.
- It is not known whether antibodies do give immunity to the virus as yet so it doesn’t help with whether people should isolate themselves from other actively infected people even if they do confirm past exposure. For these reasons and others, this form of testing is thus not recommended by the NHS or Public Health England at the moment. Regardless, there is likely to be demand right now because they want to know whether they have been exposed to the virus or not but it will be to satisfy curiosity rather than having any clinical significance – at least until more is known about how the body reacts to the virus.
The antibody test package includes a telephone consultation with a GP. The doctor will call you to discuss the meaning and limitations of the test. They will also discuss any Covid-19 related health questions that you might have and what a positive or negative result means for you.
The Covid-19 antibody test does not detect whether you currently have the Covid-19 coronavirus. If you take the test whilst you still have coronavirus symptoms, your result may not be reliable. If you are still symptomatic and wish to take a test to determine whether or not you have Covid-19 ypou will need the swab PCR swab test
The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) specification criteria for Covid-19 serology tests specifies a desired sensitivity and specificity of greater than 90% if the test is taken correctly. The manufacturer of GPDQs antibody test is provided by the GOLD standard Abbott’s test which identifies the IgG protein in bodies that are infected by COVID-19, showing 99% sensitivity 14 days after symptoms were developed in 73 coronavirus-positive patients, according to the report. It also showcased 99% specificity in identifying that 1,070 negative samples did not contain COVID-19 antibodies.
“The WHO organisation has made it clear there is currently no evidence of how long antibodies last for or what level of immunity they give. The WHO continues to review the evidence on antibody responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Most of these studies show that people who have recovered from infection have antibodies to the virus. However, some of these people have very low levels of neutralising antibodies in their blood, suggesting that cellular immunity may also be critical for recovery. As of 24 April 2020, no study has evaluated whether the presence of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 confers immunity to subsequent infection by this virus in humans.”
If your IgG test is positive it means you have had Covid-19 exposure sufficiently to make an antibody response to the virus. There is currently no scientific evidence confirming if the presence of antibodies correlates to immunity or how long the antibodies will last for.
If your IgG test is negative, it means you have not been exposed sufficiently to make an antibody response or there has not been sufficient time for the body to make an antibody response. There is also a possibility that your body made an antibody response which has not been sustained and is therefore not detectable when it was tested for. Some patients with other underlying health conditions specifically related to their immune system may also not be able to mount a detectable or sustainable immune response and therefore may test negative. Please note that some people may not develop IgG antibodies even after proven infection with Covid-19 and will therefore test negative.
As a responsible CQC registered provider we abide by CQC guidance on this issue.
We would like to be clear all testing and the results obtained are for guidance only and one must not assume having antibodies means having immunity nor does it mean that reintegration into society is acceptable without following government safe guidelines on social distancing and acceptable practices around reintegration.
Please see guidance as below:
Responsibility for this policy lies with the Registered Manager.
This policy will be reviewed annually.