NHS Blood Plasma Donation

Homed-IQ Will Perform Antibody Testing for the NHS Convalescent Plasma Programme

Written by

Lauren Dobischok
14 January, 2021

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The NHS Uses High-Affinity Testing to Detect levels of SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

Amsterdam, NL. — Homed-IQ is excited to announce the details of a new COVID-19 antibody testing partnership with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), as a part of their Convalescent Plasma Programme. This collaboration came in response to the NHS Blood and Transplant’s (NHSBT) request for blood plasma donations from people who had recovered from COVID-19 and had antibodies to the virus in their blood. Plasma with COVID-19 antibodies may be helpful when treating patients with an active COVID-19 infection, and will be used in new clinical trials as a part of the Convalescent Plasma Programme.

After the programme commencement in January, Homed-IQ will supply the high-affinity antibody tests for potential plasma donors for several months, who will then be screened for their antibody levels and invited to donate plasma if they meet the eligibility threshold.

Donors will be able to access their results through the Homed-IQ portal. Results data from the antibody testing program will also be reported to the NHS to further support COVID-19 surveillance and response efforts.

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not experienced symptoms for at least two weeks or who have been confirmed to have antibodies to the virus are potential candidates for plasma donation. The at-home antibody testing process provided by Homed-IQ can help determine if an individual has been exposed to the virus by detecting the level of antibodies in the blood, and eliminates the need for donors to travel to a facility for initial eligibility screening.
Patients with high antibody titres are encouraged to donate their blood plasma. Donating plasma does not affect the donor’s immunity, as their body will continue to produce antibodies. More information can be found about plasma donation on the NHSBT website.

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About the author

Lauren Dobischok

Lauren is a health scientist and science communicator currently living in the Netherlands. Originally from Canada, she completed a Research Master’s in Health Sciences at the Netherlands Institute of Health Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam (NIHES) with a specialisation in epidemiology. Prior to her master’s degree, she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. With a background in public health, her goal is to create accurate scientific content that is easy to understand and empowers people to make informed decisions. Within Homed-IQ, Lauren works as a Product Developer and Content Lead, working closely with physicians and scientists on medical devices for Homed-IQ’s new products and written communications.