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26 May, 2020 - 10:24 By Tony Quested

Cambridge lab launches COVID-19 testing for care homes

Cambridge Clinical Laboratories (CCL) has been approved by NHS England & Improvement and contracted by Department of Health and Social Care, to provide testing services for COVID-19 antigen testing as part of the Government’s initiative to increase testing in the UK. 

CCL will initially be offering its services primarily to Cambridgeshire care homes and care home workers.

CCL is a small private clinical testing lab which routinely works with the NHS and private healthcare providers in the fields of virology and oncology. It will offer the PCR antigen test. This will determine whether a person has an active COVID-19 infection and should be isolated.

CEO Dr Anthony Cooke says: “The small team at CCL has been working non-stop over the past five weeks to ensure the business is ready to support the country and ‘do it’s bit’ at this time. 

“As demand grows for the testing service the CCL team will expand to ensure we can support more people. The decision to initially support care homes is an intentional one, supporting our region’s most vulnerable.

“CCL will still be supplying a top-quality service to our oncology and virology service customers alongside the COVID-19 work.”

CCL has been awarded this contract through the COVID-19 Volunteer Testing Network. The mission of the group is to regularly test all front-line healthcare staff for COVID-19. 

The Government is rapidly expanding the official testing programme and the Covid-19 Volunteer Testing Network is supplementing that effort by utilising smaller laboratories to conduct testing.  

There is currently no provision for testing to private individuals. CCL will work directly with registered healthcare professionals such as nurses, GP’s, clinics and hospitals only.

Cambridge Clinical Laboratories started its journey, as Lab 21, in 2005. The objective for the company was to be a lab for the 21st century – a lab that would be an early adopter of new technologies for diagnostics; to offer personalised medicine and introduce new novel technologies and assays to help UK healthcare. This is still very much the aim today.

Since the company began over 65,000 tests have been carried out and more than 300 customers supported. The team are all long-standing employees and are supported by industry experts Professor Dean A. Fennell, and Professor Clive Loveday.

CCL provides healthcare professionals worldwide with the most advanced testing services from their UKAS accredited facilities in the heart of scientific development, Cambridge, UK. 

• You can find out more about the COVID19 Volunteer Testing Network at

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