- Public Health England approved test to be offered at home to up to 4 million people from Monday 13 July
- Test gives customers and their families access to personalised health information and support
Simplyhealth, one of the UK’s leading healthcare plan providers, is making Coronavirus antibody testing available for existing healthcare plan customers and corporate healthcare plan customers in England from Monday 13 July. These tests can determine if someone has had Covid-19 and developed antibodies which are still present in their body.
Simplyhealth is heavily subsidising the costs of the Public Health England approved test. The test, which includes a home visit by a healthcare professional to take a blood sample from a vein, will be available to eligible customers for £49. Simplyhealth is pleased to extend this offer beyond the policyholder, allowing customers to test up to four adults (over the age of 18), based at the same location, at the same time. Additional tests can also be purchased for £99 each.
While there is continued uncertainty around when the Government will be able to rollout an antibody test nationally, Simplyhealth will offer customers the only Public Health England and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved method of carrying out the test, in partnership with Square Health. Currently, this involves testing blood which is professionally drawn from a vein (a ‘venous’ sample). The healthcare professional will collect the blood sample, at the customers chosen residential location, adhering to all PPE requirements.
Customers will be contacted directly with more information and tests will be available for the next 12 months, allowing customers to choose as and when they may be tested. At this stage, tests will only be offered in England and Wales.* Results will be emailed to customers within 5–7 days and 24/7 virtual GP appointments are also available to customers to provide ongoing advice and support as needed. Anonymised results will be made available to Public Health England to help them understand more about the spread of the virus.
This initiative follows our recent £2m investment in PPE for Simplyhealth’s Denplan member dentists.
*Currently Public Health England has approved antibody testing for coronavirus. It is important that Simplyhealth follows public health guidance and respect government restrictions in each of the devolved nations, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands. As soon as we become comfortable that our service is aligned with local guidelines, the tests will become available to Simplyhealth customers in other regions.