Antibody Testing in Frimley
The Frimley Collaborative of Clinical Commissioning Groups (East Berkshire, North East Hants & Farnham, and Surrey Heath CCGs), in partnership with Surrey Heartlands, has set up a testing hub to coordinate delivery of Coronavirus antibody testing to all eligible people across the area.
Antibody testing is a key part of the Government's testing programme as it will support research in understanding how the immune system responds to the COVID-19 virus. Understanding about the virus will grow as new scientific evidence and studies emerge.
There is no urgent reason at this stage for anyone to be tested for antibodies. At this time, it is not known whether detected antibodies (a positive result) means reduced risk of re-infection, therefore Public Health England isolation and social distancing advice, as well as local Infection Prevention & Control guidelines, should continue to be followed regardless of your antibody test result.
Who is eligible for an antibody test?
- All NHS staff are eligible for the testing programme. The current national guidance recommends that testing is prioritised for staff who have been working in areas with high patient contact with COVID-19.
- As a result of this national guidance, antibody testing will be rolled out in a phased approach across the area; we aim to provide availability to all NHS staff who would like a test as quickly as possible.
- NHS staff who would like a test, and who are working in the areas covered by the East Berkshire, North East Hants & Farnham, and Surrey Heath CCGs should register below. When you register and complete your details, you will receive a confirmation email and a printable laboratory request form which you must bring with you when you have your blood taken.
- Staff with active symptoms of COVID-19 will not be offered the antibody test. This is because we need to wait 21 days after symptoms to test for antibodies.
We will continue to expand our testing capacity to include new groups as part of the phased approach.
Your use of this portal allows us to prioritise and ensure people get the test they need. It also allows us to collect vital data, such as the numbers of people who have had Coronavirus across the area and the level of immunity.
If you have any questions about antibody testing in the East Berkshire, North East Hants & Farnham, or Surrey Heath CCG areas, please email [email protected]