An ‘ultra-fast’ Covid testing service that will make international travel easier was launched today (July 20)
The new PCR tests are analysed at Excalibur Healthcare Services’ own laboratories in Cambridge, who have been working with the University of Cambridge to process student testing throughout the pandemic.
This comes after the July 19 ‘Freedom Day, which saw the government drop most remaining restrictions in England, but those traveling abroad will still need to take Covid tests.
The Excalibur tests are £75 and results are guaranteed within 24 hours, one of the fastest available in the UK.
Professor Sir Chris Evans OBE, CEO of Excalibur, said: “The easing of foreign travel restrictions is great news for hundreds of thousands of people who wish to fly abroad and we’re delighted to launch for travellers a ‘gold’ standard PCR testing service that is ultra-fast and very reliable.
“While there are many so-called approved suppliers of PCR tests, the reality is that there are only around seven companies in the UK that can genuinely claim to undertake in their own labs the full spectrum of PCR testing and the genetic sequencing required to identify variants.
“We are one of them and we recognise the need for speed, scientific accuracy and excellence of our service to help keep people safe.
“Sadly, there is a great deal of anxiety around because people are being sold unreliable testing services at ridiculously high prices by firms that have no laboratories at all. People who are travelling abroad will be looking for reliability at sensible prices and that is what we have worked hard to achieve.”
Excalibur is approved by the Department of Health and Social Care as a private provider for general Covid-19 testing.
Among other institutions, they have been working with Cambridge University to process the tests taken as part of the student testing regime.