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Free NHS Health Check Service for Doncaster Residents in partnership with Randox Health

 

From February 5th, eligible Doncaster residents aged between 40-70 will be able to book a free NHS health check.

The health checks aim to detect the risk of an individual having a heart attack, stroke, or developing Type 2 diabetes over the next decade. In its first five years, the NHS Health Check initiative is estimated to have prevented over 2,500 heart attacks or strokes as a result of people receiving preventative treatment following their Health Check.

Following the Health Check, the results will be made available to GP’s for inclusion on patient medical records to enable further follow-up if required. Not only does the Health Check enable prevention and mitigation through the early identification of serious illness, but it also offers onward support if required to assist with lifestyle modification on issues including smoking, alcohol, and weight management.

This service is specifically focussed on providing checks to patients at high risk, therefore selected patients will receive a letter on behalf of their GP inviting them to avail of the check. The dedicated NHS Health Check Clinic t Cussins House, 22-28 Wood Street is situated conveniently in central Doncaster benefitting from excellent accessibility and transport links. In addition to this, for those that cannot access the city centre, appointments will be provided at a range of community locations across the borough.

To check your eligibility and book an appointment please visit: NHS health Checks (randox.com)

or phone the Randox team on: 0800 2545 452

David Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer for Randox Health, said: “At Randox Health we promote preventative healthcare and action, so are delighted to be part of this initiative to bring health checks to Doncaster.

“We believe that early diagnostic health testing delivers better outcomes for individuals, relieving the pressure on our NHS by enabling lifestyle changes and medical intervention.”

Additional notes:

  • To be eligible patients must be aged between 40 and 74, live or be registered to a GP in Doncaster, and meet the criteria regarding previous conditions.
  • NHS Health Check Doncaster Address: Suite 1-05 & 1-06 Cussins House, 22-28 Wood Street, Doncaster, DN1 3LW.
  • Appointments must be booked in advance and will be available from Wednesday, 14th February.

 


NHS waiting lists can fall by 2.2 million with my plan, says Dr. Peter Fitzgerald

 

Private diagnostic clinics can help end the scourge of NHS waiting lists 

By Dr. Peter Fitzgerald

NHS waiting times are one of the greatest domestic challenges facing the United Kingdom. Government has officially recognised this for some time, with the current incarnation highlighting wait times as one of the government’s top 5 priorities.

Wait times clog up the system and can mean potentially lifesaving early diagnosis are missed simply because there is too much time between people going to the doctor and the results coming back. Worse, can be the wait times between referral’s to specialists or just regular hospitals.

However, we have a solution that will revolutionize the system. By embracing preventative medicine in a revitalised partnership between the NHS and the private sector we could cut waiting lists by millions and save the taxpayer billions of pounds.

By integrating diagnostic clinics, which were used to great affect during the Covid pandemic, we would be able to diagnose serious illnesses, diseases or other health problems long before they become symptomatic.

Private testing clinics can already deliver clear and accurate results in less than a day, usually only a few hours. This far outstrips the week-long norm in the NHS. This would allow GPs to have far faster turnaround times for patients and quicker assessment of patient needs.

Critically, modern testing techniques enable experts to test for a wide variety of potential illnesses from a single small blood or urine sample and so spot problems before a patient becomes ill, making it possible for successful medical or surgical intervention.

The adage of prevention being better than a cure may not truly work here but every medical professional will tell you that an early diagnosis drastically improves a patient’s outcomes. Early diagnosis normally reduces both the financial cost and the health cost to a patient.

By outsourcing testing to the private sector – under a rigorous independent tendering process – the NHS can be freed up to get on with its prime job of treating the sick.

Under our proposals, the public would be invited to visit a private diagnostic clinic every year for a check-up. Results would be monitored by in house scientists who would advise people on next steps.  Results would be routinely passed onto GPs, though in many cases no further action would be needed.

GPs would ultimately decide on medical interventions and possible referral to NHS hospital services. A priority group for such tests would be the 7.7 million on NGS waiting lists. They would be assessed to see if their condition had worsened and whether urgent action was required.

We estimate that by embracing private testing technology, the government could save the NHS £3 billion a year and reduce the waiting list backlog by around 2.2 million people.


Randox welcomed the Queen’s University staff Leadership Team to their Antrim based Randox Science Park in Antrim.

Randox were delighted to welcome the Queen’s University Belfast Leadership Team to their Antrim based headquarters, Randox Science Park on Tuesday, October 4th.

President and Vice Chancellor, Sir Ian Greer of Queen’s University was joined by Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Elborn, Head of Careers, Employability and Skills Mr Trevor Johnston, Head of Business Alliance Mr Dermot Leonard, Business Engagement Manager Mrs Joanne Mallon, Executive Director of the Global Innovation Institute Dr. David Quinn, Lead of Queen’s sustainable energy research Professor David Rooney, Dean of Research in Medicine, Health and Life Sciences Professor David Rooney, Dean of Research in Medicine, Health and, Life Sciences Professor Chris Scott, and Dean of Impact and Innovation in Medicine, Health, and Life Sciences.

The team received a presentation on Randox’s capabilities which stimulated multiple discussions in relation to research, improvements in healthcare provision, skills and the exciting future of Life and Health Sciences in Northern Ireland.

The purpose-built facilities at the site, covering research and development, engineering, manufacturing and accredited laboratories provides an unparalleled depth of diagnostic capability within a single site.

Randox employ over 2,200 staff, including 800 research scientists and engineers – all focused on improving life science diagnostic capabilities globally.

More than 5% of the world’s population (over 400 million people) receive medical diagnosis using Randox products each year. Randox have major facilities in the UK, Ireland, India, and the United States, supported by global distribution and supply networks.

 


Look after your gut and it will look after you – Goodwood Health Summit 2023

At long last the public is cottoning on to the simple but important notion of preventative health – the idea that you don’t go to the doctor after falling ill – you go before so that potential future illnesses can be identified in advance and action taken immediately.

Randox, a leader in the field of diagnostic medicine, is in the forefront of this profound change in health care – one that opens up the possibility of delivering enormous benefits to individuals and society at large.

For these reasons, we were delighted to lend our support to the recent launch of the Goodwood Gut Summit hosted by the Goodwood Estate. The summit theme was on gut microbiomes, which play a key role in promoting the smooth daily operations of our body. Broadcast online, the summit aimed to respond to the urgent need for widespread education and communication about rapid progress in dietary health.

The summit came after a stark warning contained in two landmark studies into the effects of ultra-processed foods on our diet and its effect on our microbiomes.

This newly published research concluded that eating ultra-processed foods – such as ready meals, fizzy juice, cereals, and fast food – drastically increases our risk of serious health issues, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. It can also raise the risk of heart attacks and strokes. BBC journalist Justin Webb led the conversation with a world-class line-up of speakers, including, Dr Chris van Tulleken, Jessie Inchauspé, Dr James Kinross, Professor Pekka Puska and Professor Edward Bullmore.

Topics covered included inflammation, mental health and the microbiome , insulin, obesity, ultra-processed foods , the growing cost of poor nutrition, and the need to drive fundamental shifts in our food systems in order to move to a healthier future for all.

There was a discussion on using the many curbs on the promotion and sale of tobacco as a model for the food industry. Tighter regulation of food manufacturers and their marketing strategies could be the way forward here. As authorities in their respective fields, the speakers shared their knowledge and vision on these important topics, as well as considered new solutions to personal and societal health challenges, helping the formulation of some key achievable goals.

The partnership with the summit is underpinned by two Randox Laboratory divisions.

Randox Food Diagnostics is dedicated to improving the global food security chain. It provides the global food market with screening solutions for antimicrobials, toxins, growth-promoting hormones and veterinary drugs in animals and animal produce, as well as testing meat, milk, honey, grapes, seafood and feed products.

Food product testing is essential to ensure that what we consume is safe from physical, chemical, and biological hazards. It tells people precisely what they are eating and so helps them make informed choices and makes sure that goods on the supermarket shelves comply with safety standards.

Randox Health, the consumer-facing side of Randox Laboratories, is primarily focused on accessible, preventative health testing and offers full body health checks that identify early signs of disease before symptoms occur.

 

What is gut microbiome?

Picture a bustling city on a weekday morning, the pavements flooded with people rushing to get to work or to appointments. Now imagine this at a microscopic level and you have an idea of what the microbiome looks like inside our bodies, consisting of trillions of microorganisms (also called microbiota or microbes) of thousands of different species.

These include not only bacteria but fungi, parasites, and viruses. In a healthy person, these “bugs” coexist peacefully, with the largest numbers found in the small and large intestines but also throughout the body. The microbiome is even labeled a supporting organ because it plays so many key roles in promoting the smooth daily operations of the human body.

A person is first exposed to microorganisms as an infant, during delivery in the birth canal and through the mother’s breast milk. Later on, environmental exposures and diet can change our microbiomes to be either beneficial to health or to place one at greater risk for disease. Read more about it here(https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/microbiome/)

More info on Randox Food Diagnostics: Randox food diagnostics-randoxfood.com

To book a health test please follow the link below; Randox Health-randoxhealth.com

Book your stay at the Goodwood Gut Health programme, that includes a Randox panel of testing; www.goodwood.com/visit-eat-stay/health-wellbeing/wellness-retreats/gut-health-programme/


Sexual Health Week

September 11th-17th is Sexual Health Week 

Sexual Health is a very important part of our lives, impacting on our wider physical and emotional well-being. In our relationships it is also important to act responsibly and with care – and to reduce the risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

More than one million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide, the majority of which are asymptomatic. STIs are on the increase, and many show very little to no symptoms.

We want to break the stigma on sexual health testing. Regular testing is what keeps us safe and prevents STI’s spreading. Regular screening can aid in detecting an infection in the early stages and help to reduce the risk of further complications.

Gonorrhoea and Syphilis, which are two of the most common STIs are increasing at alarming rates.

Usually treated easily with antibiotics, many STIs can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can cause infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease, while syphilis can cause serious, irreversible, and potentially life-threatening problems with your brain, heart, or nerves. Sexually transmitted infections are on the increase, many of which present little to no active symptoms.

A Randox Health spokesperson said: ” The screenings we provide are a complete STI screen which discreetly screens for 14 common STIs including HIV, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and take control of your sexual health with a complete STI screen which is available in clinic.

“We also offer a Blood Borne STI screen – where you can test for four common blood borne pathogens including HIV and Hepatitis from a sample blood sample. This specific test is highly recommended for pre-IVF treatment.” They added.

“Lastly we offer a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Test. With this you can discreetly screen for ten common sexually transmitted infections. This screening service is also available to anyone who has mild or no STI symptoms and would like to get themselves checked and is also available Inclinic.”

“Our easy to interpret test report will provide a breakdown of your results, what they mean and the next steps. Reports will be sent to the email address provided at the time of your registration.”

Find out more here: https://rb.gy/40gfv


Randox Health – helping people reach the peak of their fitness.

Sam Cairns has completed what seemed to be the impossible – overcoming physical and mental hurdles to stand on top of the world. Cairns, from Aviemore, which is situated within the Cairngorms National Park in the Highlands of Scotland, successfully summited Mount Everest with help from County Antrim based, Leading Diagnostics company, Randox Health.

Ex Team-GB biathlete, Cairns is also the founder of Fitnessat58° and the cofounder of the Lunchbox boys. To Cairns climbing Mount Everest represented the pinnacle of all his aspirations, a true test of his physical capabilities.

He successfully reached the summit on Thursday, May 18th, at 4:45 am.

He also faced elemental dangers on his journey – facing multiple avalanches along the treacherous route. Undeterred by the different physical and mental obstacle he faced along the way Cairns pressed on to complete his self-assigned challenge, defying all the odds stacked against him to accomplish the end goal of reaching the top.

In preparation for this challenge Cairns’ training regimen encompassed 3-hour conditioning sessions, 50km ultra runs, and multiple ascents of Ben Nevis within a remarkable time frame.

Cairns worked closely with Randox Health throughout his training, utilizing the use of Randox’s health kits and Everyathlete health program to optimize his training and nutrition through data-driven insights.

“I’ve worked closely with Randox Health, whose team played a huge role in this process.

“Using their health kits, I gained key insights to ensure my health was where it needed to be, allowing me to optimize my training and nutrition for maximum performance with the Everyathlete health program.

“It has over 80 data points linked to nutrition, muscle, joint, hormonal health, and body composition; I used repeat testing to monitor changes in my health data. Randox Health also generously made a financial donation towards the expedition.”

The Everyathlete health program, which aided Cairns in his training helps optimize training, as noted, and nutrition for maximum performance. Over 80 data points linked to nutrition, muscle, joint, hormonal health, and body composition measured are included to help athletes keep on track, stay motivated and monitor your health data.

For Male Athletes, there is an option to include PSA is available during booking. The Everyathlete programme is perfect for anyone who wants to be proactive about their health, establish their health baseline prior to training and track their health data throughout training.

It not only helps people reach the peak of the world but also the peak of their fitness.

Home – Fitness retreats bootcamps – Fitnessat58°

“This was the toughest mental test of my life, and I’m very glad to be home. Mount Everest truly lives up to the hype.” – Sam Cairns.


Biomedical Science Day 2023

This 8th June, Randox is celebrating Biomedical Science Day and our vital role in pro-active healthcare through our Randox Health Clinics.

Biomedical Science Day celebrates the vital role biomedical scientists play in patient care through the diagnosis of infections and diseases. It is a national event organized by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for biomedical scientists and laboratory support staff. The awareness day aims to inform the public and empower patients by telling them about practices in biomedical science and celebrating a profession that is #AtTheHeartOfHealthcare.

Biomedical science is practiced in healthcare laboratories to identify, research, monitor and treat diseases. As one of the broadest areas of modern science, it focuses on the complexity of the human body and underpins much of modern medicine.

Here at Randox we continuously celebrate all our laboratory staff on a global scale – our team consists of over 650 research scientists and engineers who work in four jurisdictions across three continents!

For over forty years, Randox laboratory staff have been contributing to our work in preventative healthcare and research into diagnostics.

Randox has many departments which all work collectively to produce results. Our laboratory and R&D scientists are continuously researching new biomarker discovery. With a driven commitment to improving health worldwide, Randox reinvest up to 25% of turnover into developing disruptive innovations in diagnostics and healthcare – providing earlier diagnosis, prognosis, and improved patient risk to reduce current invasive diagnostic methods.

“Here at Randox we are using cutting edge Research and Technologies with the aim of making a difference in the field of Clinical Diagnostics and preventative healthcare.”

– Dr. Sarah Gildea, Senior R&D Scientist at Randox Teoranta 


Randox Health partners with REVIV

Randox Health have entered into an exciting new partnership with REVIV

Randox Health Clinics are pioneering preventative health care, bringing the world’s most advanced and personalized health programs directly to the public – with the goal of harnessing the power of testing and data to shift healthcare away from sickness management and towards a more proactive approach.

This partnership with REVIV, who championed commercialised IV therapy, will allow people to see real-time results from taking steps to protect their health and to experience the future of wellness.

The IVD drip therapies include:

  • The Megaboost, that was designed with wellness in mind this infusion is packed with B vitamins, Vitamin C, Antioxidants and minerals to accomplish restoration of the body’s essential nutrients in one drip.
  • The Miniboost, similar to its larger counterpart, the Megaboost, this Miniboost is not to be underestimated! Containing B Vitamins, Vitamin C and antioxidants, it can support energy levels and the immune system whilst aiding protection against cell-damaging free radicals.
  • The Royal Flush which supercharges recovery and nutritional balance by providing the ingredients you need directly into your bloodstream. This all-in-one infusion has been directly designed to rehydrate, decreame inflammation and aid detoxification.
  • The Hydromax IV which aims to replenish your body’s salts and water.
  • The Vitaglow can support detoxification of free radicals that accumulate in the body from exposure to pollutants, daily stresses and chemicals including pesticides.
  • The Ultraviv and The Ultraviv pro, both recovery infusions. The Ultraviv can be used to aid recovery against the common cold, sore throats and even the after effects of alcohol. The Ultraviv pro combines a number of prescribed medications with essential vitamins and nutrients delivered alongside the maximum of hydration.

A full list of all REVIV drip therapies and IM booster shots will be available in the Randox Health clinics.

On REVIV partnering with Randox, David Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer, said: “Over the past few years, we’ve seen a dramatic change in people’s behaviours as they seek to understand their health and wellbeing better. At Randox Health, we provide a range of specialised health packages that enable you to take control of your health.

“Our innovative diagnostic technologies can deliver hundreds of results to give you a comprehensive overview of your health and help detect the earliest signs of illness. Collaborating with REVIV is a natural next step, combining our world-class diagnostic services with REVIV signature IV therapies to help our customers protect their current and future health.”

For more information please contact us at: marketing@randox.com


Randox provides Team GB’s COVID testing for Beijing Winter Olympic Games

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Tuesday 01 February 2022

Gold standard testing for Great Britain’s Olympians: Randox provides Team GB’s COVID-19 testing for Beijing Winter Olympic Games

As part of the two-year partnership between Randox and The British Olympic Association,  the Team GB Olympians competing in the Olympic Winter Games 2022 have used Randox COVID-19 tests to ensure they touch down in Beijing free of COVID and have the best possibility opportunity to compete without the fear of being ruled out on health grounds.

The ‘stop the virus’ logistics drive mirrors a similar and highly successful regime which ensured that Team GB landed in Japan for the 2020 Olympic Games COVID-free, and that no athlete was forced to withdraw in Tokyo because of infection or close contact with someone who had tested positive.

Despite fears that the virus could impact Team GB’s Olympic hopes, the rigorous testing programme put in place helped UK sporting stars to rack up 54 medals – their best-ever performance at an overseas Games bar the 67 medals won in Rio in 2016.

To provide its gold-standard PCR testing services, Randox created a bespoke dashboard for Team GB to register its samples, which will be taken by the Team GB Clinical Team and then transported to the company’s laboratories which are located in Manchester, Greater London and Northern Ireland.

Randox is testing a delegation of 200 Olympians, coaches and support staff in order to meet China’s testing requirements and thereby minimising possible transmission of the virus in Beijing. Randox is providing each member of Team GB with four rounds of pre-departure tests and can offer rapid same-day testing on the day of flying as an extra precaution.

At the time of the announcement of the partnership between Randox and the British Olympic Association, in June 2021, Randox Managing Director, Dr Peter FitzGerald, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting Team GB by helping them get safely to the starting line in Tokyo with our premium Covid-19 testing services, the provision of which has been a major focus of ours since the outbreak of the pandemic. Over the last year, we have been investing significantly in our customer service and testing capacity, which means Randox can now process over 500,000 tests per day, making it the largest laboratory in Europe, and to date has processed over 13 (now 23) million tests. For this reason, our Olympians and anyone else who needs to travel internationally can rest assured that they will receive timely results.”

British Olympic Association CEO, Andy Anson, said:

“This is a fantastic and vital partnership for Team GB ahead of Tokyo 2020 and Beijing 2022. We have committed to our hosts in Japan and the IOC to ensure that our delegation is fully vaccinated and are also ensuring we have enhanced Covid testing in place. Randox’s pedigree in this area gives us great confidence that we are providing athletes with the best possible medical support around Covid testing and that they get to the start line safely ready to compete successfully for the biggest moment of their sporting careers.”

Randox, with almost 40 years of international diagnostics experience, has been at the forefront of COVID-19 testing since the outset of the pandemic. With proven testing capability and well-established logistics and customer support services, Randox are strongly placed to allow international travellers to travel with confidence.

Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022

Pictured with a Randox COVID-19 Predeparture Test is English freestyle skier Katie Summerhayes

For further information on Covid testing services please contact the Randox Covid Customer Support team on 028 9434 3005.

For press enquiries please contact Amy Millar in the Randox PR team: randoxpr@randox.com 

 

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National STIQ Day 2022

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National STIQ Day 2022

14th January, National STIQ day was launched to get people thinking about the importance of sexual health and encourage everyone to get regular health checks.

More than 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites are known to be transmitted through sexual contact. Eight of these pathogens are linked to the greatest incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STI’s). STI’s are spread predominantly by sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex. Some STI’s can also be transmitted from mother-to-child during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

Any individual can catch an STI regardless of what age they are, their sexuality or how many sexual partners they have, as it only takes one sexual encounter to increase the risk of catching an infection. The importance of regular STI testing allows individuals to get peace of mind and take control of their sexual health as many infections don’t present symptoms and it’s advised that testing is required if individuals are concerned about their health, present symptoms or change sexual partner. Regular screening can aid in detecting an infection in the early stages and help to reduce the risk of such complications.

The increase in STI’s underline the need for urgent action which many reports have highlighted the need of ongoing inaction and development of strategies to improve sexual health. It has been widely noted by the CDC that over 20 million new STI’s are detected each year. (1) Public Health England also reported that 468,342 diagnoses of STIs had been reported in England in 2019 – a 5% increase from 2018 with a 26% increase in gonorrhoea infections, 10% increase in syphilis and 7% increase in the number of consultations at national sexual health services. It’s also widely noted that chlamydia testing, which is most common in young adults has declined by 13% since 2015 and 2% of all individuals tested had received a positive diagnosis. (2) (3)

Here at Randox, we offer solutions for clinical laboratories, point of care testing solutions and home STI testing kits for convenience and discretion. Randox provides the broadest STI testing menu on the market. Detecting 10 bacterial, viral, and protozoan infections, the STI test provides a comprehensive sexual health profile. The CE-marked STI Array provides the identification of co-infections, often in asymptomatic individuals and enable antibiotic stewardship.

The Randox test presents excellent precision, specificity, sensitivity and accuracy for STI diagnoses, which reduces the risk of false reporting and unnecessary confirmatory tests. The Randox simultaneous multiplex test means smaller sample volumes are required, enabling faster throughput and rapid patient diagnosis saving time and money for clinical and laboratories.

The Randox STI Multiplex test detects the following infections:

  • Chlamydia trachomatis (CT)
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG)
  • Trichomonas vaginalis (TV)
  • Mycoplasma genitalium (MG)
  • Treponema pallidum (Syphilis) (TP)
  • Herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1)
  • Herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2)
  • Haemophilus ducreyi (HD)
  • Mycoplasma hominis (MH)
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU)

 

Does your laboratory or clinic carry out STI testing? Our molecular analyser, the Bosch Vivalytic and Evidence Investigator, powered by patented Biochip Array Technology, could be the diagnostic solution you need!

Solutions for the Laboratory

54 SAMPLES ● 1 TEST ● 10 INFECTIONS

 The Evidence Investigator is a compact semi-automated benchtop analyser ideal for medium throughput laboratories.

  • Sample Type: Swab or Urine
  • Sample Volume: 300 μl
  • Detection Method: Randox Biochip Technology (end-point PCR)
  • Time to Result: 5 hours 30 minutes

 

STI Testing at the Point of Care

1 SAMPLE ● 1 TEST ● 10 INFECTIONS

The Bosch Vivalytic enables sample to answer, cartridge based molecular diagnostics at

the point of care. Powered by Randox Biochip Technology.

  • Sample Type: Swab or Urine
  • Sample Volume: 300 μl
  • Detection Method: Randox Biochip Technology (end-point PCR)
  • Time to Result: 2 hours 30 minutes

 

For more information about our STI Arrays or Vivalytic email: marketing@randox.com

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/std/life-stages-populations/adolescents-youngadults.htm
  2. https://www.tht.org.uk/news/rise-stis-underlines-need-urgent-action
  3. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) (who.int)

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