Currently, all NHS staff and those contracted by the NHS are eligible for anti-body testing; an antibody test can tell someone whether they have had the virus that causes COVID-19 in the past, by analysing a blood sample.
A positive antibody test demonstrates that someone has developed antibodies to the virus; the presence of antibodies signals that the body has staged an immune response to the virus.
COVID-19 is a new disease, and our understanding of the body’s immune response to it is limited; we do not know, for example, how long an antibody response lasts, nor whether having antibodies means you can’t transmit the virus to others.
Our understanding of the virus will grow as new scientific evidence and studies emerge.
An antibody test result can only tell an individual whether or not they have had the virus in the past; anti-body tests are also being used currently in surveillance studies, to understand what proportion of the population have already had the virus.
Members of staff will be able to have a blood sample taken at the DBTH phlebotomy service at the Keepmoat stadium Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4pm.
All you need to do is be willing to have a blood sample taken and agree that you understand the nature of the test and that you are participating voluntarily.
You will need to complete the Anti-body testing consent form; if you don’t have a printer, you can ask for one to be printed out at the Keepmoat stadium when you arrive. Alternatively, print and present the form before your blood is taken, as well as showing your staff ID card and provide a valid, correct mobile phone number.
You will also need to bring the NHS England issued letter explaining you are a key worker OR an employer letter on your employer headed paper explaining that they are a key worker and eligible for the anti-body test.
Once you have had your test, the result will be communicated via SMS message to the mobile number provided at the time of the request.