CRITICAL HEALTHCARE AND ROCHE DEVELOP NEW RAPID COVID-19 TEST

Critical Healthcare, the specialist provider of frontline medical and healthcare products to the global emergency services, has partnered with Roche Pharmaceuticals to develop a new rapid Covid-19 test that will give the user a result in under 15 minutes. 

This new Roche Covid-19 test kit does not replace the need for contact tracing but allows industry and commercial organisations to do rapid testing of staff to ensure a safe place to work. While there are some Rapid Covid tests on the market, the Roche test has a sensitivity level of over 96% and a specificity level of 99% differentiating it from others.

Critical Healthcare has worked with Roche for over seven years in developing and creating awareness for some of their products in the Irish and UK prehospital and ambulance markets. As one of the leading global suppliers in Covid detection, when Roche was looking for a partner to supply their Rapid Covid test kits, Critical Healthcare’s long-standing experience in providing the global emergency medical services sector with healthcare products made them a logical partner.

Seamus Reilly, MD of Critical Healthcare, said: “To date, we have received orders and enquiries from most sectors including the film industries, GP centres testing their staff, nursing homes for testing staff and patients, meat and dairy industry along with many traditional companies who need to keep staff working.”

Marking its 20th anniversary this year, the company provides healthcare professionals with the essential medical products required to diagnose, resuscitate and rehabilitate patients.

Critical Healthcare works with emergency service providers, armed forces and local authorities in Ireland, UK, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, France, Spain and Poland. The company is also a key government supplier of the PPE and infection control items that have now become common-place in a ‘Covid-aware’ world.