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New Covid-19 test to be trialled in Hampshire

A coronavirus test that can return a result in twenty minutes is being trialled in Hampshire.

The new test doesn't need to be sent to a laboratory to be processed, and it's going to be trialled at A&E departments, GP testing hubs and care homes across the county.

The Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospitals in Andover and Basingstoke, is leading the trials on behalf of the Government.

Up to 4,000 people of all ages and backgrounds will participate in the pilot, with trained health professionals taking a swab and processing the results on site.

Hampshire Hospital NHS Trust will work closely with local authorities to identify priority care homes to visit and test.

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said, "This new test could provide accurate results almost on the spot. This will enable health and care workers to carry on with their shift or immediately isolate on the same day, and could eventually offer the same benefit to the whole country.

"This could change the way that we control COVID-19 across the country, getting those with negative results back into society as quickly as possible.

"I am hugely grateful for everyone in Hampshire for making this innovation possible."

Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Alex Whitfield said, "We are tremendously excited to be able to support the government’s efforts for ever more accessible, faster coronavirus testing.

"That we are able to do so is a testament to the hard work and ingenuity of our entire microbiology department, from clinical scientists and the laboratory team to volunteers from academia and industry as well as the staff on the wards.

"We are very much looking forward to the results of this trial and the benefits it will bring to the community we serve."


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