An antibody test is a blood test to check if you've had coronavirus (COVID-19) before. This test is not widely available yet.
What an antibody test can tell you
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
If you've had coronavirus, you still need to follow the same social distancing advice as everyone else.
Getting an antibody test
Antibody tests are not widely available yet.
Free NHS antibody test kits are currently only available for people living in England and Wales who work in adult social care.
These tests are to help the NHS and scientists learn more about who has already had the virus and how it has spread in the UK.
If you're unable to get an NHS antibody test, you can pay to have a test at a private clinic if you want to.
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.
It's not known if having antibodies stops you getting the virus again.
Please call the pharmacy on 01604 812736 to book an appointment for the test. If you need for travel purposes- please bring your passport.