About Torch screen
What is a TORCH screen?
The TORCH screen is used to check for several infections which may be harmful if passed from a pregnant mother to her child (termed congenital infections). These infections include rubella, toxoplasma and cytomegalovirus. Complications in the new-born child include cataracts, deafness, intellectual disability (ID) and heart problems. Congenital infections may also cause spontaneous abortion or premature birth. Antibodies are produced by the body’s immune system to help fight infection against pathogens. IgM antibodies are a particular type of antibody and are the first to be produced in response to an infection offering short-term protection. IgG antibodies offer long-term protection against pathogens after initial exposure and the presence of IgG antibodies indicates immunity. This may be a result of a previous infection.
Why take the test?
The TORCH screen is used to screen for IgM and IgG antibodies for rubella, toxoplasma and cytomegalovirus. These infections can be passed from a pregnant mother to her child and may cause complications.
How it works
Purchase your Kit
Just order a test online and get your kit delivered right to your door unless you are ordering a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test where you will be given appointment options to attend our clinics across the United Kingdom for a nose and throat swab PCR test at the checkout stage.
Take your test and post
Follow our simple instructions to take your sample and post back the enclosed prepaid envelope to our accredited lab for processing. We also offer home or workplace visits by a qualified nurse. For COVID-19 Fit to Fly tests you must attend one of our partner clinics for our trained collection officers to take your sample. You will then have the results emailed to you.
Get results directly to your dashboard
You will receive an email notification from our medical team when your results are available on your secure personalised health dashboard.
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