COVID‑19 RT‑PCR Test (Workplace)

  • Get a quote for COVID-19 RT-PCR testing
  • Same-day results if sample received by 2pm
  • RT-PCR nose and throat swab sample required
  • NHS-standard laboratory test
  • Ideal for regular testing of employees to reduce risk in the workplace

Our workplace team can help you to develop a COVID-19 testing package tailored to your business’ specific requirements.

Our workplace COVID-19 RT-PCR swab test allows you to safely test your workforce for the presence of COVID-19.

Advantages of regular RT-PCR testing for COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) within the workplace:

  • RT-PCR test report for business travel requirements including fit to fly test with fit to fly certificate
  • Identify and isolate any asymptomatic carriers
  • Enhance confidence and assurance with regular testing for your employees, customers, and business partners
  • Reduce absenteeism due to self-isolation and increase productivity in the workplace
  • Ensure employees are negative for COVID-19 and safe to return to the workplace
  • COVID-19 testing will support workplace risk assessments and enhance safety measures

The COVID-19 RT-PCR test can be taken by the employee themselves or overseen by a company nurse or occupational health professional.

Your employee’s COVID-19 sample will be tested using the latest cutting-edge automated RT-PCR extraction and amplification methods and specialist, fully trained scientists will analyse your employees’ samples to obtain same-day results if the sample is received in our lab by 2pm.

If you need a private COVID-19 test for yourself or your family, please click here.

What are the steps involved in COVID-19 RT-PCR testing?

When you place your order with AlphaBiolabs, our team will promptly send you a carefully packaged viral sample collection kit by tracked courier.

Once you receive the sample collection kit, carefully follow the simple, enclosed instructions to ensure all nasal / throat samples are collected correctly using the sterile viral collection swab.

Seal your sample in the kit packaging and return using the pre-paid self-addressed envelope.

If you need lateral flow testing, click here for our on-site, instant lateral flow test which can give you results in 15 minutes.

Keep your employees safe with an RT-PCR test for the workplace

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I carry out the coronavirus RT-PCR test?

We require a nasal/throat swab sample to perform the COVID-19 test. The kit includes full instructions. The instructions are simple to carry out, but you may experience some discomfort when rubbing the swab.

When is the best time to take the COVID-19 RT-PCR test?

For the most accurate results, samples should be taken from a symptomatic individual between 1–5 days of symptom onset.

Test method vs. progression of infection

How long do symptoms take to appear after being exposed to the virus?

It is different for everyone; however, guidance suggests that it takes from 2–14 days for the infected person to experience symptoms.

What is the RT-PCR test and how is it different to other forms of COVID-19 testing?

The RT-PCR test looks for evidence that the COVID-19 virus is present, by detecting the presence of its RNA in a swab sample from your nose/throat. The RT-PCR test detects the genetic material contained within the virus called RNA. When the sample reaches our laboratory, a process called real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) is commenced. If there is viral RNA present, this process starts a ‘chain reaction’ and creates billions of copies of the genetic material contained within the virus so that there is a sufficient quantity of genetic material to be detected and analysed by scientists to enable a positive result to be obtained. In the event of no COVID-19 RNA being detected, we will report the sample as being negative.

An antibody test looks for evidence in a blood sample that your immune system may have responded to the COVID-19 virus already, through the presence of COVID-19 specific antibodies.

How does the COVID-19 fit to fly test work?

If you require a fit to fly certificate for international business travel, we can provide one with our same-day Covid-19 PCR result if your sample is received in our lab by 2pm.

Once you’ve received your COVID-19 PCR test sample collection kit, and you’re ready to collect your samples, you must register your test online. During this registration process you can select the fit to fly certificate option on the online form. Provision of a fit to fly certificate is conditional on you receiving a negative PCR test result and your answers to a series of COVID-19 specific health related questions.

IMPORTANT: Different countries have different requirements regarding entry, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. You are responsible for understanding the requirements of the country you are traveling to and for ensuring our fit to fly certificate and PCR testing service is sufficient for your travel needs. We cannot be held responsible in the event of any country refusing you entry on any grounds.

If we receive your samples after 11am on any working day, please be aware that the samples may not be processed until the next working day.

Your sample collection kit includes a pre-paid ‘Royal Mail Tracked 24’ envelope.

When returning your samples, make a note of the unique barcode reference number displayed on your instructions form, as well as the Royal Mail tracking number, so that you can track your samples if necessary.

Once your kit is sealed, post it into one of Royal Mail’s designated COVID-19 priority post boxes. Follow the link to find your nearest priority post box:

Please note, AlphaBiolabs cannot be held responsible for any delays or disruptions to Royal Mail’s postal service when returning your samples. If you want to guarantee AlphaBiolabs’ receipt of your samples, you may want to deliver them in person to our premises located at 14 Webster Court, Carina Park, Warrington, Cheshire WA5 8WD.

How accurate is the testing process and the test results?

An rt PCR test detects the presence of COVID-19-specific RNA within the nose or throat sample. The scientific analysis is 100% accurate and will confirm if the person being tested has an active COVID-19 infection irrespective of if they are displaying symptoms or not (asymptomatic).

Depending on the outcome of the analysis, the report will state if the virus is ‘detected’ or ‘not detected’.

In relation to antibody testing, we can also provide highly sensitive and highly specific laboratory-based testing in addition to instant result COVID-19 immunoassay screening devices as part of your strategy to keep your workplace COVID-19 safe. Ask our specialist Customer Services team on 0333 600 1300 for more information.

When will I receive the COVID-19 RT-PCR Testing kit?

Any orders placed before 2pm will be dispatched on the same working day using a next day delivery courier service. For UK delivery, the next day courier fee is £9.95, for international orders, the courier fee is £39.95.

How long will it take to receive my RT-PCR test results?

If we receive the sample in our laboratory by 2pm, your employee’s results will be available the same day.

What should I do if my COVID-19 RT-PCR test result is positive?

If you receive a positive result, you and your household must self-isolate and follow the latest Government guidance on self-isolation, which can be found here:

What should I do if my COVID-19 result is negative and I start to feel unwell?

If you develop the symptoms of a COVID-19 infection, you should follow Government guidance:

What if I’ve already had Coronavirus Disease?

If you have already contracted coronavirus, the rt PCR analysis may not return a positive result as we would be reporting if the COVID-19 virus is currently active and present. To establish a previous infection, you might consider undertaking an antibody test.

If you need to detect an active COVID-19 infection using throat/nasal swab, click here for our onsite, instant Antigen Test with results in 15 minutes.

For more information about Coronavirus, visit the NHS website at:

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COVID-19 RT-PCR test for the workplace