"This expansion reflects the growth in demand for our services in Scotland"
The company which does the DNA testing for ITV’s The Jeremy Kyle Show has opened its first walk-in clinic in Scotland.
AlphaBiolabs is providing its full range of DNA, drug and alcohol testing services from its new base in Glasgow.
The clinic, in the Glasgow Medical Rooms on St Vincent Street, is AlphaBiolabs’ 10th in the UK.
It is offering a walk-in service on Thursdays initially, with plans to become a five-day operation as demand grows.
No appointment is necessary to attend the walk-in centre, although customers need to have their case registered with AlphaBiolabs. A trained company sample collector will be on site to undertake the required test.
Currently 18 per cent of the tests carried out by AlphaBiolabs come from Scotland and Glasgow is the third busiest UK city for visits to its website.
The walk-in centre is providing DNA relationship testing including paternity testing, maternity, sibling, twin, grandparent, aunt and uncle.
Prenatal paternity testing is increasing dramatically in Glasgow, having risen by 400 per cent over the past 12 months alone, and AlphaBiolabs’ paternity test kits are being sold in branches of Home Bargains across the city.
The new clinic is offering a service for fitting SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring ankle bracelets and monitoring the results. The bracelet tests for the presence of consumed alcohol in perspiration every 30 minutes. The system is used by local authorities, the courts and child protection agencies to obtain information.
AlphaBiolabs is also providing workplace drug and alcohol testing from the clinic.
Rachel Davenport, commercial director of AlphaBiolabs, said Scottish companies have become more proactive in this field, undertaking increasing numbers of tests on employees and suppliers against the background of a lower drink-drive limit since December 2014.
Rachel, pictured, said the walk-in clinic would also benefit law firms seeking DNA tests in relation to immigration cases and court proceedings.
Sample collectors are all trained to follow chain of custody conditions for legal cases to protect the integrity of the samples for use in evidence in court proceedings.
“Our new Glasgow walk-in clinic offers customers a convenient location to access our testing services and saves them money compared with cost of getting a sample collector to an address,” said Rachel.
“We are delighted to be bringing our service to Glasgow. This expansion reflects the growth in demand for our services in Scotland and makes DNA and drug and alcohol testing more cost-effective and more accessible to the public, businesses, law firms and the courts.”