Randox Health has announced a new COVID-19 testing facility at Heathrow Airport. The service from Randox, which is the largest COVID-19 testing provider in the UK and Ireland, and a partner in the UK Government’s National COVID-19 Testing Program, uses gold standard PCR technology to generate results in 1–3 hours. The laboratory is capable of processing up to 1000 samples per day, for both fit to fly and test to release, which allows individuals in England returning home from international travel to stop self-isolating if they get a negative test result after 5 days.
The Randox testing facility at Heathrow Airport runs in partnership with Doctap who provide a team of certified sample collection officers to perform the swabbing on site. A laboratory technician subsequently expedites the sample and reports the results, meaning that a fit to fly or test to release certificate that would normally take up to 48 hours now takes as little as 1 hour, and no longer than 3 hours to deliver a certificate back to a customer.