Like many, you may be wondering, where can I get a COVID-19 test? Well, depending on your circumstances you can get a COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test from either the government (via the NHS), from your workplace (if your employer is offering this service), or, as a member of the public you can buy yourself a private test to see whether you have an active, current COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) infection.

Where can I get a COVID-19 test?

The government is currently only offering tests to people experiencing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) symptoms (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), and in other limited circumstances such as an imminent hospital stay. Otherwise, it’s down to you to get yourself tested if you believe you need to, after coming into contact with an infected person for example, or your child has been sent home from school with symptoms, or indeed whether you’re about to fly abroad and require a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate (which needs to be carried out within 72 hours of your departure). 

Whatever your circumstance, despite the current delays and supply issues with government testing, you can buy your own private test to set your mind at rest and make relevant decisions depending on your infectious status.

The AlphaBiolabs COVID-19 rt PCR Test

AlphaBiolabs has been providing laboratory testing expertise and quality customer service since 2004 and we are now pleased to be able to offer our rt Home PCR COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test to help members of the public during these difficult times.

Our rt Home PCR COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) is available to buy on our website. It requires a self-collected sample from the nose and throat areas using the provided swab (which looks like a long cotton bud) which is then packaged in the self-addressed, free return packaging and returned to our dedicated, COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing laboratory for analysis.

Using a testing method called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) your sample is then analysed for viral RNA, if this is found we will confirm that you are actively carrying COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and you should immediately begin self-isolating.

Where your sample does not contain viral RNA, we will report that as negative and you can go about your business as before, observing the latest government guidance. The results of the PCR test will be sent to you the next working day from when we receive the sample in our laboratory.  

AlphaBiolabs can provide a range of COVID-19 testing options to both private individuals and businesses. Call us today to find out more about our rt Home PCR COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) test on: 0333 600 1300 or email:

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AlphaBiolabs offers a range of COVID-19 testing options for private individuals and businesses