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Antibody Testing

Antibody Test Information

Antibody testing is drawing to a close, with all areas having had some access to it, or planned access.

Access for some teams has been difficult, with outside testing capacity mainly at regional hospitals, so thank you for your patience with this voluntary testing.

Please keep checking this page for the most up to date testing availability. 

The test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of anti-bodies to the CoViD-19 virus, indicating if you have previously had the virus. Anti-body tests differ to the virus swab (PCR) test, which tests to see if you currently have the virus. Please be aware that if you receive a positive anti-body result it does not mean that you are immune. There is also no firm evidence that the presence of antibodies means someone cannot be re-infected with the virus or will not pass it on to someone else. If someone with antibodies tests positive for coronavirus in the future, they still need to follow social distancing measures.

The antibody test is not a clinical test. It will be used to tell whether someone has already had the virus to provide accurate data about the antibodies developed. The information will help clinicians and scientists to better understand the prevalence of the virus in different regions across the country. Data on the number of positive and negative cases are reported to PHE. 

How and where can I book an antibody test?

If your chosen site is not listed below, it’s because it’s not available.

North

Horncastle, Scunthrope and Lincoln

  • Phlebotomy, Pathology, Lincoln County Hospital LN2 5QY. This is a drop in, no booking required at present but phone in advance 01522 573269 to arrange request & consent forms
  • Venepuncture, Pathology, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Cliff Gardens, DN15 7BH Please contact Kim Garnett, Transfusion Manager 03033 302120
  • Phlebotomy, Pathology, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, PE21 9QS. Awaiting details on how to book – will update once received

Manchester

  • Antibody testing has currently finished in this area but we will keep this page up to date with any information about further clinics available to us.

Southport & Ormskirk 

The services at Southport and Ormskirk and Whiston hospitals are still temporarily suspended until such time that capacity can meet demand. The Trust teams are working hard on this and we will continue to update you.

  • Southport & Ormskirk Hospital (PR8 6PN) Staff can formally request an antibody test by emailing. Please include ‘NHS Staff Antibody Testing’ in the subject and include the following information in the body of the email:
  1. Full name
  2. Contact telephone number

Once the email has been received, you will be contacted to arrange an appointment to attend for an Antibody test.

Warrington

Please can we request that only colleagues within the Warrington and Halton area access the antibody service via this access point.

  • Warrington Hospital At Warrington Hospital, colleagues can still access the blood testing service; please complete the web form as instructed in the joining instructions and call the number provided to request a 'blood test'.

    You do not need to specify that you are requesting an antibody test nor that you are a member of staff. We would advise that you request a 'blood test' like any other patient. If any difficulties are encountered, please report to this email address 

Chester

The service at the Countess of Chester Hospital remain open 

Please ensure that you follow the process as outlined in the latest joining instructions.

Please complete the survey and the key contact will collate the information in a specific format and send a request, via email, to the Countess of Chester team. The Countess of Chester team will call to book an appointment slot with you. Please note that no walk-ins will be permitted, inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated and that appointments may be cancelled at short notice due to circumstances beyond the team’s control. The samples will be sent to the CWMS Lab with the blood sample form. Test results will be sent to staff via SMS message – if one has been provided on the form. In case you do not receive your results within 7 days then please contact 

Whiston -  service now takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. As of today, this is strictly by appointment only and no walk ins will be permitted.

Please clearly follow the instructions outlined within the amended joining Instructions attached.

  • Whiston Hospital (L35 5DR) Staff can access the Antibody Tests via the Phlebotomy service which is available at Whiston & St Helen's Hospital, and can be accessed there via the ticket system. Staff must first complete the ‘Staff COVID-19 Antibody Screening Request Form’, which is in the booking form information
  • Please ensure that the form is signed, and all the details are completed. Ensure an up-to-date mobile number is provided as results will be issued back through this method.
  • Please enter your organisation name in the ‘Department’ section to be able to identify head count.
  • The testing process will take place at STHK lab.
  • The results will be communicated to service user via SMS.

If results are not received within 7 days, please contact 0151 430 1830 ext. 2691.

Liverpool

Currently, there is capacity at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for antibody testing. If you live in, or are visiting the Liverpool area and would like an antibody test, then please go to the Royal Liverpool Hospital. A clinic has been set up, on site at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital (Ward 4X). Operating times are currently 8am-4pm.

Please clearly follow the instructions outlined within the joining Instructions attached.

Newcastle and Yorkshire (including Cumbria)

Testing is due to start in Leeds in early September.

 If you wish to go ahead with the test, please email with the following details:

  1. Name
  2. Work location address including postcode (so you can be referred to the nearest pace to be tested)
  3. Contact phone number

You will then be contacted with further details to arrange your test. Your reply to their email and subsequent booking for a test will be considered as your consent to the testing process, sharing your personal information with relevant providers and confirming that you have read the attached frequently asked questions and agree with the statements at the end of the document.

South West

Southampton

The antibody testing availability in Hampshire has currently stopped. The local NHS Trusts are working to find a replacement solution and this page will be updated when we know more.

Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall

  • Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital - If you would like to be tested, please complete this online form Your request will then be sent to either the relevant hospital who will contact you to arrange an appointment. Results will be sent back to the Devon or Cornwall CCG testing team who will then inform you of your result.
  • Please note: 
  • This test is only available to staff, not family members, you are required to wear a face covering (not face mask) when attending your appointment, in line with national guidance

    Further information regarding PCR and Antibody testing, please see the attached document.

  • Torbay & South Devon Hospital
  • University Hospital Plymouth 
  • North Devon District Hospital    
  • Royal Cornwall Hospital          

Filton

If you are interested in receiving the test, please read the attached information and complete the consent form. Antibody testing in this area will be finishing at the end of September so please submit your completed form as soon as possible.

It is important that all the boxes are completed and the form returned to. It may take some time before you receive a call back to discuss the appointment date and time due to the volume of tests required for staff members across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire and limited appointment slots. 

Currently, appointments are being offered at the Emersons Green Treatment Centre (until end September) You will be informed regarding details of where to go when you receive the call to make the booking from BrisDoc.

  • You will need your ID badge or proof of identity, please bring a face covering/mask.
  • Please note that it may take a few weeks for you to be contacted due to capacity at the locations, but you will be contacted.
  • Your results shall be sent through to you via text message. The aim is to advise within 48hrs but this can take up to 7 days
  • If you wish to contact BrisDoc to either enquire for test results or booking then please contact

Somerset - Poster

  • Taunton & Yeovil, Taunton (Nuffield hospital) Staff who wish to book a test need to send a completed booking form to our booking team 
  • Yeovil District Hospital
  • Burnham on Sea
  • Frome
  • Glastonbury 
  • North Petherton      
  • Minehead   

To request an appointment, please email. A member of the team will contact you in the next two to three weeks to agree a suitable test location, day and time for your appointment. You will also be sent a booking form that must be completed and returned before the appointment can go ahead.

Bath, North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire

Colleagues need to complete the consent form and then they will be contacted to arrange an appointment at a location suitable for them.

Oxford

  • Blue Outpatients, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headley Way, Headington, Oxford OX3 9DU To request an appointment, go to private outpatient level 2 in the main JR building and register with the two staff members at laptops / iPads. This can be done Monday Wednesday and Friday They shall take all your details and then book an appointment for you.

Portsmouth

  • Currently, appointments are being offered by Portsmouth Health Trust on Friday 31st July.  You will be informed regarding details of where to go when you receive the call to make the booking.  You will need your ID badge or proof of identity, and the attached consent form. Please bring a face covering/mask.
  • Please email if you would like to be booked in on Friday 31st July for a test with the following details and your preferred time of day (morning, early afternoon, mid-afternoon):
  1. Surname
  2. Forename
  3. DoB
  4. NHS Number (if known)
  5. Address
  6. Mobile number
  7. Location
  • You will be contacted to book your time slot.Your results shall be sent through to you via text message. The aim is to advise within 48hrs but this can take up to 7 days

Midlands

East of England  - Please click on location for more information  

Kettering & Northampton

  • Rec Hall, Kettering General Hospital, Rothwell Road, Kettering, NN16 8UZ Please contact Shelia Turner on 01536 493772

Wolverhampton

  • Antibody testing in this area has now finished. We will update this page if anything new becomes available

South East

Sussex

Bognor Regis

  • War Memorial Hospital (PO22 9PP) To request an appointment please click here 

Dorset

Dorset CCG have two additional clinics scheduled for NHS staff

  • Saturday 19th September
  • Wednesday 23rd September - evening

Please complete the online consent process and then they will receive a link to the booking site so that they can book themselves into an appointment slot. You need your NHS number as part of the consent process so this needs to be added to any communications.

Crawley

  • Crawley Hospital (RH11 7DH) To request an appointment please click here

Tooting

  • Epsom and St Helier have opened their pod at the Malvern Centre, Sutton Please email their admin team. Please note that when staff register interest the email receipt is a strange one, please just ignore it, the team will be in contact.
  • Kingston Hospital, The hospitals Occupational Health team are managing the process to access testing on this site please call 020 8934 2615 and further details will be given thereafter.
  • St George’s Hospital - Book using this e-mail address from your NHSBT email address.

Colindale

Antibody testing has now finished in this area but we will keep this page up to date with any information about further clinics available to us.

If you have any comments of complaints about antibody testing please contact HR Direct.

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