Neutralising Antibodies Rapid Test 

At DAM Health we are very pleased to introduce a new revolutionary Point Of Care SARS CoV-2 Neutralising Antibody Test. The levels of immunity following actual infection or a vaccine for Covid-19 are a topic of conversation that is ever evolving. So far however, there are no clear indicators or general recommendations on what is needed to protect you from catching or becoming ill from Covid-19 if you have had Covid-19 previously or have had the recommended number of vaccines and booster.

However, the level of SARS CoV-2 antibodies in your blood shows whether there is still protection against the virus.

A quantitative detection is therefore required to determine whether there are sufficient or too few antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the body. A conventional antibody test is not sophisticated enough to provide detailed information about the actual level of antibodies present. Most antibody tests focus only on whether SarsCoV-2 antibodies are present in the blood or not, but not the actual quantity of these antibodies.

This is an in-clinic test that is carried out by one of our trained clinicians. Please choose your appointment at the clinic that is most suitable.

You will receive a test result within 60 minutes on the day of testing.

Our tests will not be accepted for travel to Hong Kong.

What is the Neutralising Antibodies Rapid test?

The Neutralising Antibody Titration test provides you with a quantitative (numerical) result stating the level of antibodies present in your blood according to the WHO gold standard. Our rapid Antibody Test allows reliable accurate analysis of these neutralising antibodies against the SARS CoV-2 virus.

Using the control serum provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the test has been calibrated to provide a quantitative result in BAU/ml (BAU = Binding antibody units). For more information, please click here.

This allows for a reliable and accurate assessment of the immunological status of the person being tested. With our technology, the test can be done via capillary blood collection (finger prick) and the result is available in 60 minutes.  

How it Works

Step 1

Book your appointment online.

Step 2

Arrive 5 minutes before your
appointment.

Step 3

Sample taken and analysed in our laboratory.

Step 4

Get your test results within 1 hour!

Test Centres

Liverpool City Centre

57 Rodney Street, Liverpool L1 9ER.

Manchester Stretford

Unit 3, Empress Business Centre, 380 Chester Road, Manchester M16 9EA

Fulham

423 North End Road, London SW6 1NY

Victoria

8 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QP

Liverpool Rose lane

Rose Lane Mossley Hill Liverpool L18 8ES

Wirral

Skinplicity, 9 Church Road, Bebington, CH63 7PG​.

New Malden

79 High Street, KT3 4BT

Shepherd Bush

14-16 Norland Road, London, W11 4TR

FAQs

How is the test taken?

The test is taken with a finger prick and a small amount of blood is drawn into a pipette. It is a straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort. If you have low blood pressure or low circulation in your hands, which may present as your fingers going unusually white in cold winter weather, this test may be more difficult. If it is a cold day, please try to ensure your hands are warm when you arrive for your test.

What are neutralising antibodies?

A neutralising antibody defends your body from a pathogen or infectious material by neutralising any effect it has biologically. It makes the infectious material no longer infectious.

How long do antibodies last?

Various studies have shown that antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 typically last around 6 months.

This  study by UK Biobank showed that in most cases antibodies remain for at least 6 months.

“One of the most significant findings of the study is that 99% of participants who had tested positive for previous infection retained antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 for 3 months after being infected, and 88% did so for the full 6 months of the study. This discovery provides an early indication that the antibodies produced following natural infection, and potentially following vaccination, may protect most people against subsequent infection for at least 6 months.”

You should use this test if you are looking to find out whether you have developed protective antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and if so, in what quantity. It will give you a count of IgG antibodies to the spike protein of the virus, which are developed from either vaccination or natural infection.

This test can be of particular interest to individuals who are about to receive a vaccination or have received an injection in the weeks prior to testing. By offering a count of antibodies, it allows you to track your immunity over time.

If you are using this test prior to vaccination to have insight into your current level of immunity, we recommend you attend the test in advance of your vaccine booking.

Can this test show antibodies from vaccine?

Yes, this test will detect antibodies created by a vaccine. Currently, the majority of vaccines (Astrazeneca/Oxford, Pfizer/BioNtech and Moderna) aim to induce an antibody response against the spike protein, which can be measured by this test.

We recommend you wait until 21 days post vaccination to undertake this test.

What does my test mean?

A result above 21.8 BAU/ml means that you have developed some protective IgG antibodies to the spike protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Our report will provide you with a numeric count of these antibodies which is standardised and allows you to compare with other available tests and published WHO standards.

This test will detect antibodies amongst individuals who have been naturally infected or also received one of the following vaccines: AstraZeneca, Pfizer / BioNtech, Moderna. Generally, a result between 21.8 –44.0 BAU/ml indicates some immunity; however, it is still not known exactly how much protection you will have. Between 44.0-1,000 BAU/ml suggests a high probability of immunity protection. Above 1,000-3,000 BAU/ml is deemed to be generally suggests a higher level of protection. Full protection indicates that if you were to develop Covid-19 you would be much less likely to suffer severe illness. There is no way of knowing the level of protection without a test.

A negative result means you likely have not been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 or that the level of protective antibodies has subsequently decreased to a point where they can no longer be detected.

I have an autoimmune condition/take immunosuppressant medication. Will this affect my level of Immunity?

Patients on immunosuppressant drugs or with compromised immune systems because of underlying health conditions are unlikely to mount as robust an immune response as patients with intact immune systems. This may result in lower levels of antibodies detected, even in the wake of vaccination. Despite a suboptimal antibody response, vaccination will still afford a certain amount of protection against catching Covid-19.

For immunocompromised patients, we currently recommend testing 6 weeks after vaccination. Our clinical team continues to monitor the situation closely and we will continue to update with the latest advice and guidance.

I have low antibodies and no health issues, what can I do?

We are still learning about this infection and how the body makes and holds onto antibodies. It is likely you will have developed some immunity. We would advise that you consent to the UK vaccination programme if you have not already done so to offer you the best chance of protection. If you are fully vaccinated and concerned, please contact your GP to discuss the result with them. Please note that vaccinations can take time to develop antibodies in some individuals and some require more exposure to the vaccine than others to develop longer lasting antibodies. Please do adhere to safe hygiene measures when out in public and consider wearing a mask.

Can I take the test even if I am unvaccinated and never had symptoms of Covid-19?

Yes, you can still do this test. Research shows that up to 30% of people who have had Covid-19 have not experienced symptoms.