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5 May, 2021 - 17:09 By Tony Quested

Covid snookered as Cambridge test arrives on cue

Excalibur Healthcare Services, which has set up a COVID-19 testing lab at Cambridge Science Park, today started testing players at the World Seniors Snooker Championships using its forthcoming mobile app, ‘Test to Go’.

The championship at the Crucible in Sheffield starts tomorrow (May 6) and before the tournament starts all players and officials have had to undergo full COVID-19 testing, administered by an Excalibur nursing team.

The players’ test results were logged in Excalibur’s new app, ‘Test to Go’, which is being trialled at the tournament ahead of its official release. The app is intended to make large-scale events like the World Seniors Snooker Championships safer, by providing an easy way for venues to verify the COVID health status of visitors. 

As the official partner of the ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Tour, Excalibur will be testing all attending players, including a host of renowned snooker names including defending champion, Jimmy White, Stephen Hendry, Dennis Taylor, Ken Doherty, John Parrott, Joe Johnson, Tony Knowles, Lee Walker, and John Virgo. 

Players and officials are being offered the Excalibur Rapid SARS COV-2 Antigen Test, which has been validated by the Department of Health and Social care and has received registration with the UK regulator, MHRA.

John Virgo, one of the tournament players, said: “Myself and the other players are grateful to be able to go ahead with this tournament with the confidence that we are doing so safely. Excalibur’s testing technology is quick, reliable, and very easy to use, allowing us to focus fully on the game.”

Professor Sir Chris Evans, chairman and CEO of Excalibur, added: “It’s incredibly exciting to see Excalibur’s technology put to its intended use – getting us back to our favourite events and venues as safely as possible.

“Reliable testing and the ability to verify results will be a crucial tool in returning to large scale events, while still keeping the infection rate under control. I personally can’t wait to pull out my phone, show my test results and return to a rugby match or a restaurant with complete confidence.”

The ‘Test to Go’ app combines advanced Excalibur COVID-19 testing systems and technology from the UK-based AI company, Sensyne Health, to create an easy-to-use digital record of users COVID test results and possible vaccination status. 

The app will launch on the App Store and on Google Play, and can be downloaded for personal or professional use.

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