Critical Healthcare partners with Roche to develop new rapid Covid-19 test

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

Critical Healthcare, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, provides healthcare professionals with all of the essential medical products they require to diagnose, resuscitate and rehabilitate a patient.

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

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, Managing Director of Critical Healthcare, said:

“Critical Healthcare is delighted to work with Roche and is supplying this test kit with a full range of necessary PPE required for on-site testing. This will become an integral part for all companies who need to stay open and who need to reassure staff that they are healthy. To date, we have received orders and enquiries from most sectors including the film industries, GP centres testing their staff, Nursing Homes testing staff and patients, meat and dairy industry along with many traditional companies who need to keep staff working.”

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