Thousands of frontline NHS workers are to receive more than £1 million of high-speed Covid-19 testing kit – thanks to a major initiative by Mail Force.

The Charity will provide £290,000 of equipment for one of the largest children’s hospitals in Europe, Alder Hey in Liverpool. Mail Force is donating machines to ramp up testing and purification systems to maximise the hospital’s capacity ahead of its busiest period of the year.

Our historic campaign has received overwhelming support from all corners of the kingdom – so the Charity is determined that the whole of the country will benefit.

Specialist diagnostic units, each worth £80,000, will soon be on their way to three island trusts – Stornoway in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland – greatly reducing the number of test samples that have to be flown to the mainland. 

Many more results will, instead, be returned locally in under an hour.

Major hospitals in Stockport, Leicester and London’s East End are earmarked for a total of £250,000 of machinery that will ramp up testing capacity for staff and patients.

It all follows Mail Force’s announcement three weeks ago of a £300,000 donation of testing kit for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

Mail Force is now awaiting bids for a further £100,000 of test equipment for other UK hospitals.

The charity’s new initiative exceeds £1 million and was last night applauded as ‘great news’ by Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS’s national medical director. 

He added: ‘Thanks to Mail Force, patients and staff across the country will benefit from additional state-of-the-art testing equipment and technology.

‘As a result, thousands more tests for coronavirus can now be completed by machine, freeing up NHS staff time and helping turn around Covid test results more quickly for patients in need of urgent care.’

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