Randox and Collect+ join forces to boost accessibility of reduced-cost PCR and Lateral Flow tests
25th October 2021: Randox and Collect+ join forces to boost accessibility of reduced-cost PCR and Lateral Flow tests
Today, Randox and Collect+ announce a new partnership that will provide even easier, nationwide access to low-cost COVID-19 testing. The partnership enables consumers to order a new reduced-cost PCR (£34.99) or lateral flow (£19.99) test online and then pick it up on the same day from participating shopping centres within the Collect+ network. This first of its kind partnership means people in the UK no longer need to wait for a home delivery or walk-in clinic access when ordering a COVID-19 test.
With an initial 29 locations already open, this collaboration plans to expand to more than 100 Collect+ locations in the coming weeks, and hopes to go further to utilise even more of the Collect+ network over the medium to longer term. Randox’s collaboration with Collect+ has not only simplified the logistics process but has sought to help support their retailer partners and provide another vital service at the heart of local communities.
In recognition of changes to travel guidelines for England, which state that from 24th October, fully vaccinated passengers from non-red list countries can take a lateral flow test for their day-two post-arrival checks, Randox now offers home testing kits as both PCR and lateral flow, to aid pre-departure testing and any current and future day 2 requirements. PCR and lateral flow tests are available at the newly reduced prices of £34.99 and £19.99 respectively when using Collect+ click and collect.
Philip Robinson, VP Sales at Randox said: “As guidelines change and the country continues to open up, Randox is able to support any travel testing requirements by utilising our extensive diagnostics experience and logistics network, and offering value for money for both PCR and lateral flow tests that can be collected at the customer’s convenience thanks to our new partnership with the Collect + service from PayPoint.
“Our significant investment in capacity expansion and in logistics solutions such as Collect + click and collect sites that further simplify the process of ordering COVID-19 tests, have allowed us to make ongoing price reductions, demonstrating our commitment to helping people live their lives as easily and normally as possible.”
Nick Williams, Head of Strategic Partners & Product, Collect+ said: “This is an exciting and important partnership for Collect+, which has always had consumer convenience and accessibility at the very heart of its operations. Randox has been instrumental in making COVID-19 tests easily available to people around the UK and this collaboration will see that country wide impact become even more meaningful.”
As Randox remains amongst the very largest COVID-19 laboratories in the UK and Europe and to date has processed almost 20 million tests, facilitated by drive-thru services, in-person clinics and home delivery options, the introduction of Collect+ locations further diversifies the efforts made by the company to make testing more accessible.
The number of Randox shopping centres with Randox Collect + locations now totals 29, including but not limited to Liverpool ONE, Waterloo Station, Brent Cross London, and Festival Place Basingstoke.
Neil Churchill, Centre Director, Festival Place Shopping Centre, commented:
“The Randox click and collect service is a good illustration of Festival Place’s growing position as an all-day destination, offering a variety of services to complement the traditional retail offer. Our Guest Services team have noted an increase in visitors, from all across Europe, passing through Festival Place to collect the Randox kits required for their travel. Customers appreciate the option to pick up their kits close to home while able to do their shopping at the same time.”
For further information on our new Click and Collect service please click here.
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22nd October 2021: Randox listed on Gov.uk as provider of Day 2 Lateral Flow COVID tests
Following changes to government travel guidance, lateral flow (antigen) tests will be the Day 2 requirement for any fully vaccinated passengers arriving into England, from 24th October. This change applies only to fully vaccinated international travellers and most under 18s arriving into England from non-red list countries, and will replace the previous PCR testing requirement.
This change will come into effect for anyone returning into England, following the half-term break and tests can be completed on or before day two of their arrival.
Randox is listed on Gov.uk as a provider of Day 2 Lateral Flow COVID tests.
Randox offers multiple lateral flow testing solutions, including the new Randox CertiFly rapid antigen test, which will allow you to complete your Day 2 test in the comfort of your own home from only £19.99.
The Randox CertiFly Lateral Flow test is designed to simplify foreign travel for passengers and facilitate the efficient transfer of secure and verified information through an easy to use mobile app.
Available for free through the App Store and coming soon on Google Play, the app securely identifies customers and processes testing results within 3 hours.
To order a Lateral Flow Home Testing Kit visit https://covid.randox.com/day-2-test-at-home/
If your preference is to take your Day 2 test on arrival at the airport then you have the option of visiting one of our many travel centres conveniently located across the UK.
From £35 you can organise for a Sample Collection Officer to take your swab at clinics including Manchester Airport, Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport, East Midlands Airport, Liverpool ONE, and Waterloo Station London.
To book an in-clinic Day 2 Lateral Flow appointment visit https://covid.randox.com/day-2-test-in-clinic/
Background to Government changes
Eligible fully vaccinated arrivals and those with an approved vaccine from non-red countries will be able to replace the test taken as soon as possible on arrival, referred to as the Day 2 PCR test, with a self-administered lateral flow device (“LFD”). Arrivals must have had a complete course of a recognised vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in England. They will not be required to take a Pre-Departure Test or a Day 8 test.
Passengers who do not meet the “eligible traveller” criteria will still have to take a pre-departure test, a Day 2 and Day 8 PCR test and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return from a non-red list country. Test to Release will remain an option for unvaccinated passengers who wish to shorten their isolation period.
How will the new lateral flow system work?
Passengers will be required to take a photograph of their completed lateral flow test alongside their booking reference number which Randox will provide via email on receipt of order. Randox will then verify the result of your sample. Passengers will still be required to complete a passenger locator form to return to England.
Anyone who tests positive will be required to self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test. The government have confirmed that anyone who has previously purchased a Randox PCR test will not need to buy another lateral flow (antigen) test.
With proven testing capability and well-established logistics and customer support services, Randox is strongly placed to allow all travellers to the UK to complete their antigen test with ease – offering same day results up to 11.59pm.
For further information on our Day 2 Lateral Flow testing please click here.
To read more on official UK government announcement please click here.
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