Superdrug Nurse.

Superdrug says its health clinics have recorded growing public demand for the Covid-19 antibody testing service.

Launched three weeks ago, the testing service uses a patient’s venous blood sample drawn by their nurses.

In response, the multiple is now extending the appointment hours in those clinics, as well as increasing the number of health clinics from 30 to 45.

“All aspects of the testing service are in line with current government guidelines and the test is run by a UKAS-accredited laboratory,” the company has said.

Caris Newson, Superdrug’s head of healthcare services, said: “Covid-19 antibody testing currently accounts for 30 per cent of all our healthcare clinic services. This demand proves that people want easy access to a service where they can find out if they have already been infected with Covid-19.

“Currently a venous blood sample drawn by a clinician is the only type of blood sample used for Covid-19 antibody testing in line with government guidelines.  We still await the outcome on the availability of antibody testing via a finger prick blood sample taken at home.”

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