Global healthcare diagnostics company Randox has announced a new COVID-19 testing facility at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The service from Randox, which is the largest COVID-19 testing provider in the UK and Ireland, and a partner in the UK Government’s National COVID-19 Testing Programme, uses gold standard PCR technology to generate results in 1 – 3 hours.
The laboratory is capable of processing up to 1000 samples per day, for both fit to fly and test to release, which allows individuals in England returning home from international travel to stop self-isolating if they get a negative test result after 5 days.
Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox Founder and Managing Director commented;
“We continue to expand our portfolio of bespoke testing products and services, and our new testing facility at the Liverpool John Lennon Airport brings us one step closer to a timely return to a more normal society.
“It’s great to be able to provide our fit to fly and test to release services to the airport and help support their enormous efforts to restore public confidence in international travel and get people back in the air again.”
The Randox testing facility at Liverpool John Lennon Airport runs in partnership with Test Assurance Group (TAG) who provide a team of certified Sample Collection Officers to perform the swabbing on site.
A Laboratory Technician subsequently expedites the sample and reports the results, meaning that a fit to fly or test to release certificate that would normally take up to 48 hours now takes as little as 1 hour, and no longer than 3 hours to deliver a certificate back to a customer.
Cliff Kirby Director of Test Assurance Group (TAG) commented;
“It is fantastic news to see Randox join the private providers list for test and release. At a time when there is so much uncertainty, being able to offer people arriving in the UK the facility to reduce their self-isolation from 10 days to 5 days subject to a COVID-negative result is great news. We are delighted that Randox have chosen to strengthen their bonds with the Liverpool City Region by situating their first mobile testing facility with us at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. This is the only one of its kind deployed in the UK right now.”
Lucy O’Shaughnessy Commercial Director at Liverpool John Lennon Airport added;
“Being able to offer our passengers the facility to reduce the self-isolation period from 10 days to 5 days in line with Government guidelines is great news. 2020 has been a very difficult year for our industry and this addition is another step forward. We share the excitement of the team at TAG and Salutaris with the arrival of the mobile testing facility from Randox Health at our Airport.”
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