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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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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.

Our ‘Effects Of’ Series provides a range of educational posters that ca be displayed in workplaces. Click here to view them.

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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SARS-CoV-2 Neutralising Antibody Test

SARS-CoV-2 Neutralising Antibody Tests

Measuring neutralising antibodies to Wild Type (Wuhan), Delta & Omicron variants following vaccination or natural infection

Accurate indicator of protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 variants

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    Determine if an effective antibody response has been generated to circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants following vaccination or natural infection
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    Identify individuals with a sub-optimal vaccine response to inform eligibility for booster vaccination
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    Provide accurate estimates of herd immunity at a local and national population level

The Randox CE marked SARS-CoV-2 Wild Type Surrogate Virus Neutralisation Assay (EV4454) and Delta SARS-CoV-2 Surrogate Virus Neutralisation Assay (EV4477) detect antibodies that block interaction of the spike protein receptor-binding domain (RBD) and angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Randox Laboratories currently have in development an assay designed to detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (EV4490).

Rapid, high throughput tests that measure neutralising antibodies against circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants are of significant interest to Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Government and Research organisations. Vaccine breakdown is of growing concern globally with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 variants such as the now dominant Delta & Omicron strains. Randox have available innovative testing solutions to accurately measure protection against infection and to identify individuals where booster vaccination is required. This can help reduce infection rates and onward virus transmission by ensuring sufficient levels of herd immunity.

 

 

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Wild Type SARS-CoV-2 Surrogate Virus Neutralisation AssayEV4454
Delta SARS-CoV-2 Surrogate Virus Neutralisation AssayEV4477
Omicron SARS-CoV-2 Surrogate Virus Neutralisation AssayEV4490
Evidence Investigator AnalyserEV3602

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Evidence Investigator

Specificty of 100% and sensitivity of 98% compared ro coventional virus neutralisation tests

Semi-automated solution suitable for medium to high throughput testing

Direct sample addition to biochip well.  No off-board sample incubation required

Results available in 1.5 hours without the need for biosafety level 3 cabinet

Limited sample volume requirements

Comprehensive immunoassay and molecular test menu available

Evidence Investigator

Randox Clinical Laboratory Service (RCLS)

RCLS specialise in offering an esoteric biomarker testing service, utilising the experience and knowledge Randox has built over 40 years of producing high quality in vitro diagnostics.

RCLS strive to provide a clinical laboratory testing service to meet the time sensitive, bespoke requirements of research and clinical trial projects globally.

Accredited laboratory service

Cost effective solution

Offers greater flexibility

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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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    QCMD SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing Pilot Study

    QCMD

    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 10,000 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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      Smart-Phone App Results Submission

      Results 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 Reports

      A 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 System

      IT 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 infectious

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

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      Suitable for Point of Care

      Samples are supplied liquid ready-to-use ensuring they are ideal for use at the point care.

    Specification

    Target Range – Covers the clinical range

    Matrix – Universal p9 virusPHIX sample stabilisation buffer

    Sample Format – Eluted swab samples with a buffer

    Analysis Type – Qualitative

    Shipping Conditions – Ambient

    Format – Liquid ready-to-use

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    QAS21422433Q2, Q3, Q4

    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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    COVID-19 Antigen Testing launched at Dublin Airport

    COVID-19 Antigen Testing Service launched at Dublin Airport

    22 February 2021

    Travelling to a country that requires antigen testing?

    Antigen Testing is the fastest and cheapest of all lab tests for COVID-19 and is now available at our Dublin Travel Centre for just €49.  Testing is conducted using a nose and throat (nasopharyngeal) swab with your results available within 1 hour.

    Sometimes called a ‘lateral flow test’, it will reveal if a person is currently infected with a pathogen such as SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19.  Unlike a PCR test (which detects the presence of genetic material) antigen tests detect proteins or glycans, such as spike proteins found on the surface of the COVID-19 virus.

    Paul Turnbull, Randox Global Business Manager says;

    “When it comes to travel, we started to see more and more countries across Europe state that they would only accept a negative PCR result and that has remained the case, as countries only want the most sensitive technology.  Some countries however, such as the Netherlands, Germany & Sweden, require antigen testing as a secondary test before entry.”

    Antigens remain in the body during infection and disappear once the COVID-19 infection has gone, so testing for antigens can identify those who whilst asymptomatic, are currently infected with, and could still be spreading the virus.  It is thought that around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms, so a test that rapidly detects these otherwise hidden cases is a very useful additional tool for tackling the virus.

    It is important to note that no test is 100% accurate and all tests have limitations. The preferred testing for COVID-19 is still the gold standard PCR testing due to its high sensitivity methodology.  PCR testing requires samples to be sent back to our COVID-19 laboratory in County Antrim, which is why it can take up to 24hours to receive results for a PCR test, as opposed to 1 hour for antigen testing.

    The Randox Health Dublin Airport Testing Centre offers both PCR and Antigen testing for travel and peace of mind.

    Before booking an antigen testing appointment please confirm with your destination that this method is accepted as a means for entry.   If flying the same day, please book your test 4 hours before your flight departure time.

    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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    The race that never was: 2020 Randox Health Grand National trophy is unveiled at 2021 Weights event – with a special tribute to the late Rose Paterson

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    16 February 2021:

    The race that never was: 2020 Randox Health Grand National trophy is unveiled at 2021 Weights event – with a special tribute to the late Rose Paterson

    The trophy for the 2020 Randox Health Grand National – the race that never was – has been unveiled today during the 2021 Weights event, with a special tribute to the late Rose Paterson.

    Shown to the public for the first time during the event which was shown live on Racing TV, the 2020 trophy was designed by silversmith Cara Murphy, who like Randox, is also from Northern Ireland.  The design reflects Randox’s commitment to better healthcare through improved testing.

    Having made the trophy in 2020, Cara has since been commissioned by Randox to update the design with a delicate silver rose on its edge, to honour the memory of Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson.

     

    Dr Peter FitzGerald, Randox Managing Director, commented;

     “It is very fitting that this wonderful trophy should be shown now, at a time when we all have a better understanding and appreciation of diagnostic testing, as a result of the terrible COVID-19 pandemic.

    “But I am particularly pleased that with its unveiling, we can pay tribute to the remarkable Rose Paterson.  Rose, in her role as Chairman of Aintree, had remarkable vision and energy and achieved so much for the racing public, for the owners, trainers and jockeys and, most importantly, for equine welfare. 

    “She was a wonderful person to know, both personally and professionally, and really made a lasting mark at Aintree.  She will be greatly missed and we extend our deepest sympathies to Owen and the whole family.”

    Designed in solid silver, the 2020 trophy, which features unique and intricate stands of gold proteins and antibodies held within a 50cm diameter circle, differs to that of its 2017, 18 and 19 counterparts by way of its shield-like shape.

    Encircling the outside of the shield is the Biochip – Randox’s proprietary technology for diagnosis of ill-health and disease – and a red enamel roundel is positioned in the logo, symbolising a drop of blood which enables Randox to carry out a range of innovative tests.

    Silversmith Cara Murphy commented;

     “Little did I know when I began researching Randox’s testing capabilities, that it would go on to play such a prominent role in the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that words like testing and antibodies would now be used so regularly in everyday conversation.

    “Almost a year since the trophy was completed and things have changed so significantly – but I was honoured to have the opportunity to commemorate the life of Aintree Chairman Rose Paterson in the update we have made to my design.

    “The 2020 trophy has been a fantastic project to work on, and a great Northern Ireland collaboration between Randox and myself.”

    As in previous years, the 2020 Randox Health Grand National trophy is accompanied by miniature team trophies. In their first year as sponsor, Randox introduced the concept of presenting the entire winning team with a trophy, to celebrate the combined effort that goes in to achieving such a special victory. In both 2018 and 2019, they went to Tiger Roll’s winning team; trainer Gordon Elliott, jockey Davy Russell, and groom Louise Dunne.

    A new charity in honour of the life of Rose Paterson, The Rose Paterson Trust, is due to be launched at the Randox Grand National in April 2021.

    For further information or to organise interviews please email Amy Millar in the Randox PR team on randoxpr@randox.com or phone 028 9442 2413.

     

     

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