Testing for coronavirus will be ramped up amid criticism that NHS staff are being lost from the frontline over potentially harmless coughs, while private clinics report being “inundated” by people who can afford to pay for swab checks. The Herald Scotland is reporting that the Scottish Government says some Covid-19 testing on healthcare workers has already started at a local level and a national approach is being developed which will scale up these initial efforts. Frontline staff covid-19 tests are to be critical in maintaining staff numbers at the front of the fight against the virus.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has also pledged to set up testing for frontline NHS staff “so that they do not self-isolate unnecessarily” and thereby have more staff present in hospitals to deal with rising cases.
It comes amid speculation that a new four-hour test could be made available in Britain.
Our large volume sterilisation capacity is operating as normal processing sterile gowns for NHS hospitals and sterile airway incubation blades for the world. We have some capacity free to handle urgent requirements such as incubators or surgical packs.
Our microbiology laboratory is testing as normal and we have now switched to PCR capabilities to test for Covid-19. Andersen Caledonia has implemented this at the beginning of the year and we are UKAS approved for the process and testing.
Our Cleanroom is busy making surgical packs at full capacity both for the NHS and Continental Europe. Find out more about our Sterile Packing services which ensure the sterility of medical devices and equipment.