COVID-19

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YOUR SAFETY FIRST

Face to Face consultations are currently available however please do not come to the clinic if you have  a high temperature/fever, a persistent cough or loss of smell or taste or, if you have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for covid in the last four weeks or is awaiting the result of a test.

Patients attending a consultation will be required to complete a Covid-19 form which will be emailed or posted to you when an appointment is made

Infection control measures are in place at the practice and social distancing and the wearing of suitable face coverings will be expected. Any additional requirements will be discussed at the time of booking the appointment.

COVID-19 TESTING

We offer a variety of testing options relating to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the name for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. 

Rapid Antibody Testing - detects antibodies made to previous infection with SARS-CoV-2. Test results in 10 minutes.

Rapid Antigen Testing - Commonly known as Lateral Flow Testing  and is often used to rule out SARS-CoV-2 infection in people with no symptoms. Test results in 15 minutes.

PCR Testing - the "Gold Standard" test to detect and confirm infection with SARS-CoV-2. It is often used for "Fit to Fly" purposes. This test is not immediate and must be sent away for laboratory analysis.

More information on these tests can be found at the bottom of this page.




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TESTING FOR BUSINESSES

We can offer Covid-19 rapid antigen and antibody  for your employees. We are experienced in working within the TV and Film world, offering Covid-19 testing in-line with industry standards to allow you to carry on with work in the knowledge that you have done all you can to ensure the safety of your team.
For further information on our bespoke packages please call 029 2169 0177

 

COVID-19 TESTS

COVID-19 RAPID ANTIBODY TEST

This is a finger-prick blood test that detects the antibodies IgM and IgG which indicate past infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19. Results are available within 10 minutes.

COVID-19 PCR TESTING

This is currently the “Gold standard” and is the test used to confirm infection with SARS-CoV-2 and Covid-19. Most people will choose to use the NHS to have this test carried out however some people will need a private test for a reason such as “Fit to Fly”. This test must be analysed by a laboratory and the quickest turnaround for the result will be 12 hrs from receipt at the laboratory.

COVID-19 RAPID ANTIGEN TESTING

This test involves taking a nasopharyngeal swab.  It is usually used by people who do not have symptoms but who want some reassurance that they are unlikely to have an active SARS-CoV-2 infection. It is commonly used by businesses to test staff every 3 or 4 days. It is also used by some countries as a “Fit to Fly” test however most countries currently only accept a negative PCR test for this purpose. Results are available within 15 minutes.

HOW ACCURATE ARE THE TESTS

All our tests are highly accurate and approved to be carried out by healthcare professionals only.  Tests are performed by Dr. O’Reilly personally to ensure the highest possible accuracy in terms of how they are used. However, none of these tests can be guaranteed to be 100% accurate and even if the test is negative social distancing and the wearing of PPE must continue in line with current Government guidelines.