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Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

29 March 2021

Belfast City Airport Announces Covid Testing Centre with Randox

Belfast City Airport has announced an onsite covid testing centre in partnership with leading global diagnostics firm, Randox, in preparation for the return of its international flights in the coming months.

The centre will offer both PCR tests and antigen (lateral flow) tests and will give passengers access to quick and safe testing.

Judith Davis, Airport Operations Manager at Belfast City Airport, said:

“The PCR and antigen tests are a current requirement for passengers heading to the Netherlands, and with our KLM flights due to recommence over the next month, it is imperative that we have the testing facilities in place to enable those travelling for essential reasons to be able to do so in a convenient manner.

“The testing facilities will also help with forward planning for those who are connecting through major hub airports, such as Manchester and London Heathrow, or travelling to sunshine destinations with our new airline partner, Ryanair, allowing them to take the test before they leave Northern Ireland.”

Belfast City Airport was recently the first airport in Northern Ireland to achieve the ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation for its extensive and thorough health and safety measures, such as sanitising stations throughout the terminal and requiring anyone entering to wear a face covering.

“The safety of our passengers and staff is at the forefront of our operations and those travelling to the Airport can be reassured that stringent measures are in place” Judith concluded.

David Adamson, Regional Manager at Randox Laboratories, said:

“Along the roadmap out of lockdown, testing will remain a key part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality. The Randox Health Travel Centre at Belfast City Airport, providing accurate and cost-effective antigen and gold standard PCR testing, is another positive step towards the normalization of travel.

“We are pleased to be working with the airport to support their enormous efforts to restore public confidence in international travel and to get people back in the air again if and when they are required to do so.”

Work for the test centre is already underway, with H&J Martin Asset Management Services completing the fit out to include a resting area for passengers who have taken their test, and is expected to be completed over the coming weeks.

For further information please contact Amy Millar in the Randox Public Relations team; amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

Randox Health offers a range of COVID-19 testing services for fit to fly, test to release, workplace testing or simply for peace of mind.

Order a home sample collection kit, book an appointment at a Randox Health Travel Centre (available in the UK and Ireland) or visit a Randox Mobile Laboratory (located at Heathrow and Liverpool Airports).

COVID-19 antibody testing is available in Randox Health Clinics.

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Randox is new patron for NI Chamber of Commerce

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25th MARCH 2021

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NI Chamber) has announced that Randox, the UK and Ireland’s largest diagnostics company, is its newest Patron organisation.

As a new NI Chamber Patron, Randox joins a select group of leading businesses, who lend their support to the development of the region’s economy and business community. The partnership offers mutual benefit and will see Randox experience increased brand exposure among the business community and close association with a leading membership organisation.

Announcing the partnership, Ann McGregor, Chief Executive, NI Chamber said:

“Randox has a long relationship with NI Chamber and I am delighted to announce that the company has decided to strengthen its association with us, by coming on board as a Patron.

“Having the support of one of Northern Ireland’s leading exporters is a real endorsement of the work we do and in particular, the support NI Chamber has provided to companies over the past 12 months. As we continue to help firms in all sectors to restart and grow, we look forward to working with Randox and indeed all of our Patrons.”

Dr Peter FitzGerald, Managing Director of Randox, added:

“We are delighted to be welcomed as a patron of Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As a leading life science company with global export markets, Randox very much values the contribution of the Chamber – particularly so at a time of significant change related to Brexit and the impact of COVID-19.  We are ambitious for the future and see the potential for significant growth, as the importance of diagnostics and preventative healthcare grows.  We look forward to working with Ann and the Chamber team as we rise to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities to grow our economy – for the benefit of all our people.”

Established in 1982, Randox is the largest diagnostics company from the UK and Ireland; focusing on the provision of accurate and timely health testing. By identifying risk to health, improving clinical diagnoses and promoting preventative healthcare, Randox technologies are used to achieve better health outcomes whilst reducing the burden on clinical services.   The company’s innovative and comprehensive portfolio includes tests for diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke and COVID-19. In 2019 Randox manufactured over 4 billion tests, and operated in 145 countries.  With over 2000 staff, including more than 450 research scientists and engineers, key facilities are located in Co Antrim and Co Donegal.

Randox joins a list of NI Chamber Patrons which also includes Caterpillar, Danske Bank, DSV, fonaCAB, Investec, Moy Park, Pinsent Masons, Power NI, Queen’s University, Ulster Bank, Ulster Carpets and Ulster University Business School.

For further information please email Amy Millar, Public Relations Team Leader on amy.millar@randox.com or 028 9442 2413

 

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Record level of alcohol deaths recorded during COVID-19 pandemic

Record level of alcohol deaths recorded during COVID-19 pandemic

22 March 2021

Deaths caused by alcohol consumption hit a new high during the first nine months of 2020, new figures for England and Wales show.

Between January and September, 5,640 deaths were registered with this cause – an increase of 16% on the same period in 2019. This significant increase has been the highest recorded figure since records began in 2001. The high rates spanned the period during and after the first national COVID-19 lockdown, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

As in past years, rates of male alcohol-specific deaths were twice those seen for women. Experts say the coronavirus pandemic will have had little effect on how the data was gathered and recorded. But it is not clear how much it may have contributed to the deaths.

A spokesman for ONS said:

“Today’s data shows that in the first three quarters of 2020, alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales reached the highest level since the beginning of our data series, with April to September, during and after the first lockdown, seeing higher rates compared to the same period in previous years.”

“The reasons for this are complex and it will take time before the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on alcohol-specific deaths is fully understood.”

Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol’s impact on your body starts from the moment of consumption. While an occasional glass of wine or beer isn’t a cause for concern, the cumulative effects of drinking beer, wine or spirits can take its toll.

Excessive consumption can impact various parts of the body. Effects can range from weakening of the immune and digestive system, to inflammation and sugar level issues.

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Did you know that alcohol misuse at work can:

  • increase sickness and absenteeism
  • harm the reputation of the business
  • decrease productivity
  • put employees and members of the public in unnecessary risk

Breath Testing in the Workplace

Handheld breathalysers are an ideal device for conducting workplace alcohol testing. Quick and easy testing provides an instant readout of the donor’s breath alcohol measurement.  Simply compare the reading to the cutoff defined in your own drug and alcohol testing policy.

Breathalyser devices gauge blood alcohol content (BAC) by measuring deep lung air. This type of testing can accurately determine whether a person has recently consumed alcohol or is currently over the legal or pre-determined limit. Breathalyser calibrations are maintained in accordance with the manufacturers specifications and periodically accuracy checked to ensure results are accurate and reliable.

How Randox Testing Services can help

At Randox Testing Services, we are pleased to offer a range of stand-alone alcohol tests or combinations of tests to meet your needs.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, RTS have continued to provide drug & alcohol testing services. At all times, we have ensured our staff are equipped to provide sensible advice and flexible solutions to drug & alcohol testing.

Whether for use in workplace settings or for use in court proceedings for medico-legal cases, our range of alcohol testing methods will provide you with accurate and reliable results at competitive prices.

For more information on our alcohol testing services, or to request a quote, contact us using any of the below details.

Website: www.randoxtestingservices.com

Email: testingservices@randox.com

Phone: +44 (0) 28 9445 1011

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Randox Quality Control launches new Acusera D-Dimer Controls

Randox Quality Control launches new Acusera D-Dimer Controls

16 March 2021: Randox Quality Control launches new Acusera D-Dimer Controls

Randox Quality Control has launched a new range of Acusera Controls for the accurate and reliable testing of D-Dimer.

Providing a true third-party solution for D-Dimer testing, which is most often used to investigate whether a patient has a blood clotting disorder, this control is manufactured for use on a range of different diagnostic systems.

Designed to provide accurate and reliable patient testing, this control comes in a liquid frozen format and is stable for an impressive 28 days when stored at 2ºC to 8ºC.

Three levels are supplied, spanning the full clinical range and FEU.

Features and Benefits

  • Liquid frozen
  • 100% human serum
  • 2 year shelf life from date of manufacture
  • Cut-off level of 500 ng/ml (FEU) for most analysers
  • Open vial stability of 28 days at 2°C – 8°C
  • Assayed Control

For more information visit https://www.randox.com/d-dimer-internal-quality-control/

 

 

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The Impact of Coronavirus on Drug Use in Europe

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15 March 2021: Impact of Coronavirus on Drug Use in Europe

The effect of COVID-19 on the consumption of drugs in Europe has been varied depending on the drug type concerned. Overall, 51.6% of participants in a survey have increased their drug or alcohol consumption and 57.3% reported taking drugs more frequently. The main explanations for these inclines are due to boredom and anxiety, likely due to the imposed restrictions of strict lockdown measures.

According to Statista, Cannabis remains to be the most popular drug used within Europe as 27.2% of respondents revealed that they have used the drug in their lifetime compared to only 5.4% using cocaine. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020, regular users of Cannabis have increased their usage, however it is important to note that this has only affected 10% of respondents.

There has been a major hold on the party lifestyle with the shut-down of nightclubs and lack of festival events. As well as, a decrease in the supply of readily available drugs on the market resulting from transport restrictions at country borders. This has impacted the usage of recreational drugs such as cocaine, LSD and MDMA which have seen a decline. The Global Drug Survey revealed that 40% of respondents have used these drugs less during the pandemic.

This detrimental trend has resulted in the domestic production of synthetic opioids. There is a very high risk that substitutes such as fentanyl will become more common. This prediction is concerning due to the dangers associated with such drugs leading to addiction and overdoses. For instance, fentanyl compared to heroin is 50 times stronger.

Public Health England has also released a warning relating to the rise in illegally produced prescription drugs sold as benzodiazepines. These cause harmful health issues due to the mix of unsafe and unknown components.

Randox Toxicology

Randox Toxicology are helping to fight drug trafficking by continually investing in new technologies to aid in the rapid and large-scale screening for drugs of abuse. We are world leaders in drug screening solutions with the capability of detecting over 500 drug and drug metabolites using our innovative Biochip Array Technology – the most comprehensive on the drug testing market. Our patented Biochip Array Technology works across a variety of matrices including whole blood, urine, oral fluid, meconium, vitreous humor and hair.

Using our revolutionary Biochip Array Technology, the Evidence MultiSTAT is a fully automated benchtop analyser that enables onsite, simultaneous testing for up to 21 classical, synthetic or prescription drugs from a single sample in under 20 minutes. This quick and highly reliable technology makes it perfect for use in non-laboratory settings for people with no lab experience.

To find out more about our Biochip Array Technology and our Evidence Series range of analysers, visit www.randoxtoxicology.com or email info@randoxtoxicology.com

 

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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study from Randox Quality Control

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SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study

12 March 2020

SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing Pilot Study

Randox, in partnership with QCMD, is pleased to announce a new QCMD EQA pilot study for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antigen Testing. This new pilot is designed to evaluate a laboratory’s ability to detect SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) antigen and will provide an opportunity to assess performance against an international peer group.

QCMD is a world leading EQA / Proficiency Testing (PT) provider, dedicated to improving the quality of molecular diagnostic assays used in the detection of infectious diseases. With an extensive database of over 2000 participants in over 100 countries, QCMD is one of the largest providers of molecular EQA in the fi eld of infectious disease testing.

Features & Benefits

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    Whole PathogenAvailability of whole pathogen samples containing the entire viral genome, ensures commutability with the majority of commercial assays.

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    Smart-Phone App Results SubmissionResults can be returned via a smart-phone app so that participants using lateral flow devices can provide pictures of their device/result with the phone camera.

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    Comprehensive ReportsA real-time rapid report will be provided on submission of results. An individual report is received after each challenge, summarising laboratory performance in comparison to an international peer group.

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    EQA Management SystemIT EQA Management System (ITEMS) provides an online tool to easily manage all EQA activities from programme registration to submission of results and provision of EQA reports.

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    Not infectiousSamples containing SARS-CoV-2 antigens are inactivated and not infectious ensuring safe handling of material.

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    Suitable for Point of CareSamples are supplied liquid ready-to-use ensuring they are ideal for use at the point care.

     

    For more information visit https://www.randox.com/qcmd-sars-antigen-testing/

    For further enquiries please email marketing@randox.com

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    11th March 2021: 11 million tests on the National Testing Programme

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    11TH MARCH 2021: THE 11 MILLION MILESTONE 

    We are pleased to let you know that on 11th March 2021, Randox processed its 11 millionth sample within the UK COVID-19 National Testing Programme.

    That’s an incredible 11 million samples processed by our dedicated and talented staff.

    Our staff are our best asset and have risen to the challenge this pandemic has created.

    They have worked hard and flexibly, been creative and innovative, and pulled together as a team to make an impact in the fight against COVID-19.

    We are very proud of their efforts and teamwork.

    Let us once again say thank you to each and every member of Team Randox, for the efforts they have made.

    What we do at Randox remains vital to the national and global management of COVID-19 and our work is making a real and positive difference.

    We continue to work hard and improve, for the sake of our family, friends and communities.

    For further information please email randoxpr@randox.com

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    World Kidney Day 2021

    World Kidney Day 2021

    11th March 2021 is World Kidney Day, a worthy global campaign aimed at tackling “the hot topic everyone’s ignoring”.

    Raising awareness of a disease that ‘one in every nine’ people worldwide suffer from, is something we take seriously.

    Here at Randox, our vision is to improve healthcare worldwide and ensure patients across the globe have access to the latest advancements in clinical diagnostics to tackle diseases such as Chronic Kidney Disease.

    This year World Kidney Day 2021 focuses on being able to live well with kidney disease. Many of us take for granted being able to live a normal life without the side effects such as fatigue, pain, depression, sleep problems etc. However Kidney disease can be huge challenge patients and those around them. The impacts of kidney disease can take a toll of day to day life and the ability to participate in activities such as work, travel, and socialising.

    Kidney diseases are very common and can be harmful, but the good news is they are also very treatable!

    Randox offer a comprehensive panel of kidney health tests, working to ensure timely and accurate diagnosis of kidney function problems to combat patient challenges early.

    For example, low levels of albumin indicate signs of kidney damage in the early stages when diagnosis is key. Testing for albumin can identify individuals with diabetic nephropathy (damage to the kidneys caused by diabetes) around 10 years earlier than standard protein tests. The Randox albumin test can therefore enable preventative measures to be taken to reduce your risk of developing kidney disease.

    With early diagnosis we can improve patient treatment outcomes and reduce the number of people across the world suffering with kidney health problems.

    If you are a clinician or lab interested in running renal function assays, download our Reagents Brochure or email reagents@randox.com

    If you want to find out the status of your own Kidney Health, book a health check with Randox Health today.

     

     

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    Randox launches COVID-19 Testing Drive-Through at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    Randox launches COVID-19 Testing Drive-Through at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    03 March 2021

    Randox launches COVID-19 Testing Drive-Through at Dun Laoghaire Harbour

    A €99 Express COVID-19 Testing Service launches this week in a new Drive-Through Testing Centre at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

    The testing service from Randox, a laboratory partner in the UK’s National COVID-19 Testing Programme, utilises a robust and reliable method of testing known as PCR, which is currently the only method of COVID-19 testing recognised and approved by every country worldwide.

    The launch of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Drive-Through, which offers rapid next day delivery of results, can be used for pre-departure screening, on-arrival testing to reduce quarantine timeframes, or simply for peace of mind.

    Sophie Boyd, Project Manager for the Randox COVID-19 Testing Service, explained;      

     “In addition to our Travel Centres in Dublin, Limerick, Sligo and Galway, we are pleased to open our new Drive-Through testing service in Dun Laoghaire, to serve South County Dublin with our accurate and cost-effective COVID-19 test.

    “Whilst restrictions and guidance during the pandemic continue to evolve, testing will remain a key part of the response to COVID-19 – not only to identify outbreaks, isolate cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality.”

    Ireland is currently part of the EU ‘traffic lights’ system which coordinates international travel, meaning that anyone leaving Ireland, currently orange on the traffic light scale, can avoid quarantine on arrival if they obtain a negative PCR test result before departure.

    Those arriving in Ireland – depending on their departure country – may be able to reduce their on-arrival quarantine timeframe by taking a COVID-19 test no less than 5 days after arrival.

    Sophie continued;

    “The Randox Health COVID-19 testing drive-through at Dun Laoghaire Harbour is another positive step towards the normalization of travel and other social activities, for the residents of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and across South County Dublin.

    “Anyone who is interested in booking a test can do so at the Randox Health booking website, and will have their results returned to them the next day.”

    The Randox €99 Express COVID-19 Testing Service is open to all asymptomatic individuals and operates from the Randox Health Drive-Through at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

    Randox Health PCR Testing is also available at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, and in Leopardstown Dublin, Limerick, Sligo, Cork and Galway.

    Visit booking.randox.ie to book your appointment.

     

    Randox Health offers a range of COVID-19 testing services for fit to fly, test to release, workplace testing or simply for peace of mind.

    Order a home sample collection kit, book an appointment at a Randox Health Travel Centre (available in the UK and Ireland) or visit a Randox Mobile Laboratory (located at Heathrow and Liverpool Airports).

    COVID-19 antibody testing is available in Randox Health Clinics.

     

     

     

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    Approaching the Fundamental Impact of STIs Worldwide

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    02 March 2021

    The Global Economic Burden of STIs & The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Sexual Health Whitepaper Download 

    Sexual Health encompasses; genito-urinary medicine, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, contraception, psychosexual medicine, abortion services, teenage pregnancy and sexual and reproductive health. It is delivered in various settings, providing care across specialised services as well as through primary and third sector organisations.

    Sexual and reproductive health is a fundamental public health issue and is clearly recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This whitepaper focuses on the profound impact of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) worldwide with WHO reporting that more than 1 million STIs are acquired every day (WHO, 2020).

    The whitepaper discusses issues such as antimicrobial resistance, in particular gonorrhoea, and the challenges faced in a social and public concept due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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