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- Workplace testing
- Surface testing
- Fit-to-fly testing
- Pet testing

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Covid-19 Antibody PCR Antigen Laboratory Testing

During the coronavirus pandemic NationWide Laboratories and Forensic testing Services have joined forces to use our scientific expertise to set up COVID-19 Antigen and Antibody testing to help businesses recover after the lockdown and make the “new normal” safe.

NationWide Laboratories is a UKAS accredited UK laboratory which specialises in diagnostic services.

Forensic Testing Services (FTS) is a specialist UK laboratory, providing UKAS accredited analytical testing for substance misuse.

Available Covid-19 Tests

Workplace Testing

Regular workplace testing for COVID-19 can significantly
reduce business risk and help in the management of your

Surface Testing

Regular environmental testing
helps you monitor and
strengthen the effectiveness of
cleaning and sanitation regimes
in your facility.

Fit-to-fly testing

Asymptomatic carriers of the
disease can be detected with a
PCR swab test. Get tested to
facilitate entry requirements to
individual foreign countries.

Pet Testing

Following close contact with
infected humans some animals
may show clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19.

Covid-19 Antigen and Antibody Testing

Throat swab testing by PCR

Throat swab testing by PCR

Viral antigen swab tests check to see if you currently have the virus. This test is used to directly detect if a person is infected with virus at the time of testing.

Blood Antibody testing by ELISA

Blood Antibody testing by ELISA

Blood testing for the presence
of IgG antibodies against COVID- 19.

Fully tailored testing programme

Fully tailored testing programme

A full corporate testing program
that includes PCR swab and IgG
Antibody testing, fully tailored
to your business needs.

Pet Test

Pet testing

Our testing is based on the
detection of SARS-CoV-2 viral
RNA in animals via PCR with
oropharyngeal swabs.


Viral swab (PCR) tests check to see if you currently have the virus, if the virus was present when the sample was taken.

The COVID-19 PCR test is a throat and nose swab which tests for the active virus, if this is positive then you are infectious to other people and can spread the infection to those around you.

This test is relevant when people who have been isolating wish to return to their household, community or workplace and need to know that they aren’t infectious.

Antibody tests are used to detect antibodies to the COVID-19 virus to see if you have previously had the virus.

The test works by taking a blood sample and testing for the presence of antibodies to see if you have developed an immune response to the virus.

Upper respiratory tract sample(s): throat swab, or nose swab, or a combined viral throat and nose swab into one pot of viral transport medium (VTM).

VTM media inactivates the virus once swab placed into it, minimising risk of transmission once sampled.

Testing Details:

  • PCR test is used to directly detect the presence of the antigen in an active infection.
  • Detects viral RNA present in patient – Only works if patient is infected with virus and sample is collected at the time.
  • All kits used are CE marked kits, approved for use & highest specificity and sensitivity.
  • Best tested 1-5 days after infection.
  • Samples can be posted as a Category B (UN3373) with necessary packaging, if required.

Antibody testing allows you to understand whether you have the IgG antibodies for COVID-19.

Following recent advice from the MHRA antibody testing must be undertaken by a venous blood sample.

IgG antibodies develop in most patients within 7 to 10 days after symptoms of COVID-19 begin.

IgG antibodies remain in the blood after an infection has passed.

These antibodies indicate that you may have had COVID-19 recently and have developed antibodies that may protect you from future infection. It is unknown, at this point, how much protection antibodies might provide against reinfection.

The antibody test should be undertaken ≥ 12 days after your first symptom.

A negative result means that there are no antibodies present at the time of the sample being taken.

A positive antibody test will tell you whether you’ve previously had the virus that causes COVID-19 and that your body has produced an immune response.

  • Specificity – 99.24 % (the probability of the assay of scoring negative in the absence of specific IgG antibodies).
  • Sensitivity – 100% (the probability of the assay of scoring positive in the presence of the specific IgG antibodies ≥12 days post symptom onset).
  • CE registered.

Samples can be posted as a Category B (UN3373) with necessary packaging, if required.

The results can take up to 48 hours from the moment of the receipt of the swab in the laboratory.

We can provide you with a fit-to-fly laboratory test result certificate. See the sample certificates below:

A fit-to-fly certificate signed by the doctor is available upon request and this service will incur small additional charge.

Email us at for more details.

We liaise closely with you to establish what works for your business.

Here is some information on what we can offer based on your requirements for the number of people to be tested.

Workplace Testing

Yes. We can send the swabbing kit to your designated address and the instructions on how to take the swab are available here.

Swab Testing Instructions

No, you cannot. It has to be done by a veterinary professional.

Your vet will talk you through all options relevant for your pet.


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