Liverpool medical company offers private rapid Covid-19 testing ahead of Christmas travel period
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Liverpool-based medical company, Dam Health UK, is working around the clock to meet demand for coronavirus tests from people travelling abroad, and from others extending their family bubbles, during the temporary easing of Covid restrictions over the Christmas holidays.
The private medical company has seen a surge in bookings this month for home testing kits and rapid ‘walk-in’ Covid-19 PCR tests from its Rodney Street clinic and is urging people to book in with them now to secure ‘fit to fly’ certificates before the festive period.
The UK Government advises against using the NHS test and trace service to get a test for international travel purposes.
An increase in domestic and international travel is expected between 23 and 27 December.
Most international destinations may require a negative Covid-19 PCR before entry and airlines are requiring proof of a negative test before allowing passengers to board flights.
Professor Frank Joseph, director at Liverpool’s DAM Health UK, said:
“We’re experiencing huge demand for testing at our Rodney Street clinic and for home testing kits. There has been a significant increase in demand since the beginning of December.
“We’ve seen a particularly large volume of bookings from people who are planning trips abroad during the Christmas period who require ‘fit to fly’ certificates before being allowed to travel. We’re also getting more and more families coming to us who want the reassurance of a negative test result before extending their bubbles during the temporary easing of restrictions.
The test itself is straightforward and includes an unobtrusive swab of the inside of the mouth. It takes only a moment and offers rapid results.
“The government advises against using NHS testing for travel purposes so we’re expanding our capacity to help people get tests. Testing allows us to get back to a normal life as possible and so it is no surprise we are seeing this demand, especially in the build up to Christmas. Testing is now a way of life. Despite the vaccine, it is here to stay for a long time yet and will become a feature of our everyday lives. We’re urging people to book with us now to ensure they get a test before Christmas.”
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Dam Health’s testing services are also being used by businesses across the UK as companies start to bring staff back to the workplace. The company has offices in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and a clinic on Rodney Street.