Thinking of taking an antibody test? A new study reported by the Daily Mail Online has shown that SureScreen is one of the top three most accurate antibody tests for showing whether an individual has had the coronavirus.
We currently use SureScreen COVID-19 antibody test kits, which are also being used at Guys and St Thomas’ and King’s College hospitals. This test has also been recommended by Government advisors in Belgium and France. Results can be reviewed in as little as 10 minutes.
In the study the researchers developed a sensitive and specific antibody testing system and used it to conduct an unbiased comparison of the ten top testing kits. Antibody tests made by Accu-Tell, SureScreen and Spring came out top as they are able to provide accurate results within 20 days of symptoms appearing.
All gave the best results when used 20 days or more after the start of symptoms, with most tests reaching a sensitivity value greater than 95 per cent. SureScreen has an over 99.6% accuracy rating.
Co-author Jonathan Edgeworth said: "We found that some of the quick single-use kits are as accurate as our sophisticated laboratory technologies."
Click here to read the full findings of the study.
To collect the sample for testing we will use the following procedure:
Clean the fingertip to be used with an alcohol swab and allow to dry.
Massage the hand without touching the puncture site by rubbing down the hand towards the fingertip of the middle or ring finger.
Puncture the skin with a sterile lancet. Wipe away the first sign of blood.
Gently rub the hand from wrist to palm to finger to form a rounded drop of blood over the puncture site.
Add the Fingerstick Whole Blood specimen to the test cassette by using the dropper
Testing will be performed immediately after specimen collection.
Wait for the coloured line(s) to appear. The test result should be read at 10 minutes.
Do not interpret the result after 20 minutes.
We will dispose of the kit safely
To book your test, click here.