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The Honeyman Group in Barnard Castle, County Durham, become the first private laboratory in the North of England to volunteer COVID-19 screening for front line healthcare professionals, a service which is now extended to all organisations be that thorough your Occupational Health Services or our Clinical partners as part of national screening and back-to-work plans.
“Through regular screening of workers, we can help stop the spread of Coronavirus. Our facility can handle up to 20,000 samples a day.” Tom Honeyman, Managing Director reports, “Turnaround for results is typically 8 hours from receipt.”
Honeyman Group self-funded the conversion of a significant amount of laboratory space to create the contained COVID-19 testing suite. Initial running costs for front line healthcare workers were met by Honeyman Group with support from the Fischer Family Trust.
The company provides ongoing screening for COVID-19 using real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) analysis. rRT-PCR is an amplification technique where a unique primer is used to target the viral gene present in swab samples. When COVID-19 is present this is confirmed by fluorescence using a passive dye on the amplified genetic material.
Honeyman Group logistics provides collection and delivery of swabs samples between enrolled organisations and the laboratory.
Beating COVID-19 Together
Scientists and analysts from the company’s existing team stepped forward for front line roles and additional staff including Molecular Biologists, Biochemists and support staff were recruited.
For the last three decades, Honeyman Group has operated Life Science laboratories that are audited and regulated by the MHRA and FDA. The company helps assure the safe and quality manufacture of medicines and medical devices for the world’s largest pharmaceutical and healthcare organisations, including the NHS.
Honeyman Group received the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018.
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