Healthcare Science Week

Healthcare Science Week: improving health and wellbeing across the UK

This week (11-15 March) is Healthcare Science Week: a national celebration of the vital contribution that healthcare science makes to patient care and wellbeing.

Organised by the NHS, Healthcare Science Week is open to anyone with an interest in healthcare science, with a focus on how the discipline has aided the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases.

Throughout the week, healthcare institutions are being encouraged to host events either in healthcare settings (e.g. the foyer of a hospital) or in community settings such as schools, colleges and universities, to inspire people to think about careers in healthcare science.

Supporters of the week are also encouraged to join the discussion on social media by following @WeHCScientists.

What is healthcare science?

Healthcare science refers to the application of scientific principles and methods, to improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the public.

Healthcare scientists work in laboratories like AlphaBiolabs but can also be found in other settings including hospitals and research institutions.

Disciplines that sit within healthcare science include physics, biology, chemistry, and engineering, all of which are used to understand how the human body works, which in turn can help prevent health problems, diagnose diseases, and develop suitable treatments.

Fundamentally, healthcare science is at the heart of modern medicine, helping improve patients’ lives every day.

Our contribution to healthcare science

At AlphaBiolabs, we recognise the importance of healthcare science in people’s day-to-day lives, which is why we have developed a suite of at-home health tests designed to help you keep track of your health and wellbeing.

We also employ top scientists who are not only specialists in their respective fields, but who are committed to delivering innovation in the field of healthcare testing, as well as maintaining the highest quality testing standards within our UKAS-accredited laboratory.

Our home health tests include:

Genetic Coeliac Disease Test – £99 + FREE shipping

A fast, accurate and reliable way to find out whether you carry the genes (HLA-DQ2 and HLA-DQ8) linked to coeliac disease, with only a cheek swab sample required.

Simply follow the instructions provided in your test kit to collect your samples and return them to our laboratory, for results in 4-5 working days*.

This test is suitable whether you have symptoms that could indicate coeliac disease, or do not have symptoms and simply want to find out your risk of developing coeliac disease in the future.

*From receipt of your samples at our laboratory.

Everything you need to know about coeliac disease

Genetic Lactose Intolerance Test – £99 + FREE shipping

Whether you are experiencing symptoms that could indicate primary lactose intolerance, or simply want a test to rule it out, this test could be right for you.

Our Genetic Lactose Intolerance test provides a fast, accurate and reliable way of finding out whether you carry the MCM6 gene variations linked to primary lactose intolerance, with only a cheek swab sample required.  

Simply follow the instructions provided in your test kit to collect your samples and return them to our laboratory, for results in 4-5 working days*.

*From receipt of your samples at our laboratory.

Everything you need to know about lactose intolerance

Non-invasive Prenatal Genetic Testing (NIPT) – from £435 with FREE blood sample collection

This test uses revolutionary DNA technology to screen unborn babies for certain genetic conditions, from as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy.

It is 100% risk-free for mother and baby, with only a blood sample required from the mother, and can be used to determine if there is an increased risk of your baby being affected by a chromosomal condition (aneuploidy).

A non-invasive prenatal genetic test can help lessen any worries you might have early on or enable you to make importance decisions about your pregnancy.

Our Standard test screens for three of the most common abnormalities (trisomies): Down’s Syndrome (Trisomy 21), Edward’s Syndrome (Trisomy 18) and Patau’s Syndrome (Trisomy 13).

Our Advanced test (£495 + FREE shipping) screens for the three trisomies included in our Standard test, plus all other autosomal aneuploidies (AAs) and sex chromosome aneuploidies (SCAs).

What you need to know about non-invasive prenatal testing

Hepatitis B Immunity Test – £42 + FREE shipping

This test is designed to detect hepatitis B antibodies following routine vaccinations and can provide you with insight into the level of protection you have against the hepatitis B virus.

The test requires you to collect a finger prick blood sample using a small lancet device.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for people who change sexual partners frequently, whose jobs put them at risk of infection (e.g. healthcare workers, laboratory staff), people who travel to countries where hepatitis B is widespread, or anyone who wants reassurance that they have protection against the virus.

Understanding your immunity can help you make an informed decision about whether you require further vaccinations.

Can you be immune to hepatitis B?

Home STI Test Kits – from £28 + FREE shipping

Whether you are experiencing symptoms that indicate you could have an STI, or do not have symptoms but just want a test to put your mind at rest, an at-home STI/STD test is a simple, accurate way of finding out whether you have contracted an infection.

Our laboratory tests for the most common STIs/STDs in the UK including gonorrhoea, chlamydia, HIV, herpes, trichomoniasis, mycoplasma genitalium and syphilis.

Depending on which test you order, you will need to provide a urine sample, vaginal swab sample, lesion swab sample, or a finger prick blood sample.

Please note you must be at least 16 years of age to purchase a home STI test kit from AlphaBiolabs.

If you are experiencing symptoms that are causing you severe pain and discomfort, or that require a face-to-face examination, we advise you to contact your GP or local sexual health clinic as soon as possible.

How soon do STI symptoms appear?

For guidance on which test is best for you, call our friendly and discreet Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300 or email health@alphabiolabs.com.

Health testing services

Explore our range of health tests, direct from our award-winning UK laboratory