To provide COVID-19 testing service for Leeds Bradford Airport
Manchester, UK – 22 February 2021: Yourgene (AIM: YGEN), the international molecular diagnostics group, announces that its partnership with Newcastle Premier Health Limited1 (“NPH”), a leading provider of independent medical services in Newcastle and the North East, will supply COVID-19 PCR testing services to Leeds Bradford Airport from the Company’s laboratory in Manchester.
Yourgene and NPH are partnering with Leeds Bradford Airport2 (“LBA”) to offer an onsite COVID-19 service for departing and arriving passengers, and for the local community. NPH has successfully implemented a similar testing service at Newcastle Airport and will now look to mirror that offering at LBA , using Yourgene’s Clarigene® SARSCoV-2 assay and its high throughput COVID-19 service laboratory in Manchester to test samples taken at the airport.
Together NPH and Yourgene will be offering ‘Test To Release’ for arriving international travellers, ‘Fit to Fly’ test certificates for departing passengers, and also general PCR coronavirus testing for the general public that live in the surrounding region. This testing service becomes available today at the airport in anticipation of a relaxation of lockdown rules in the near future. NPH is the sole provider of COVID-19 testing to LBA and Yourgene is the sole COVID-19 testing provider to NPH for the LBA contract.
Yourgene Genomic Servicesis a UK Government approved COVID-19 private testing provider for the Test to Release for International Travel scheme and for general coronavirus testing, as announced by the Company on 24 December 2020.
Lyn Rees, CEO of Yourgene commented: “We are thrilled to be partnering with NPH and Leeds Bradford Airport to offer our accurate, reliable and trusted COVID-19 testing service. While the timing of any lockdown relaxations and increases in passenger traffic are unclear at present, we are primed for when these restrictions are lifted at Leeds Bradford and other travel hubs around the country.
“We are proud to be part of the global effort to fight this pandemic by offering a high-class Genomics Services laboratories to our partners.”
1 Newcastle Premier Health Limited is a leading provider of independent medical services in Newcastle and the North East. The Company’s wide range of medical services includes General Practice consultations, travel advice and immunisations, occupational health assessments, medical screening, and work specific medical assessments for pilots, divers, seafarers and offshore workers. 2 Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) is a regional travel hub used by over 4 million travellers pre-pandemic.