Galway-based CLS reveals Covid-19 testing service

Swabbing takes place on a weekly basis onsite, with tests analysed at CLS laboratories and results available in 24 hours.

Ireland’s largest privately-owned contract laboratory, Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS), has launched PCR Covid-19 private testing as part of the expansion of the firm’s clinical laboratory facilities in the west of Ireland.

The Galway-based company’s private testing service is designed to support proactive asymptomatic screening for Covid-19, and is relevant to all sectors including those that require employees onsite at present.

“By combining best in class technology and systems, we have achieved 100pc detection level accuracy for our PCR Covid-19 testing service here in Galway”

It will be available to both private industry and public health in Ireland.

PCR Testing

Swabbing for clients takes place on a weekly basis onsite, with tests analysed at CLS laboratories and results available in 24 hours.

Positive tests will be reviewed by the CLS clinical consultants and shared with the GP of the person swabbed, with the patient’s GP alerted immediately as well as the local HSE Public Health Department.

Participants can also be provided with certification for travel purposes within a three-day timeframe of test taking place.

“Since March, we have been evaluating a range of technologies and carrying out extensive testing so that we can move forward with systems and methods that are efficient, highly reliable and robust,” said Evelyn O’Toole, founder and CEO of CLS.

“By combining best in class technology and systems, we have achieved 100pc detection level accuracy for our PCR Covid-19 testing service here in Galway.

“With 26 years of expertise, high quality and reliability are the most important features for all the services we provide, and this was very important for us in entering the Covid-19 market. In addition to our onsite analysts and scientists, we have a dedicated team of healthcare professionals to provide PCR swabbing at client sites on a weekly basis,” she continued.

Real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing is widely recognised as the global ‘gold standard’ for detecting Covid-19 and has been approved by public health authorities in Ireland. CLS are amongst a limited number of Irish laboratories to supply this type of test.

“Test analysis is carried out at our accredited laboratories and results are shared with client participants within 24 hours,” added Ms O’Toole.

“The CLS team is focused on providing a world class testing service and we look forward to working with our clients to provide proactive access to asymptomatic screening for Covid-19 to safeguard employee wellbeing and to allow continuity of business.” 

In addition to this testing, CLS offers bio safety testing for workspaces as part of its Workplace Hygiene Programme, which includes surface swabs and analysis for presence of Covid-19.

The validation team at CLS also offers anti-viral assessments on products and technologies to validate their efficiency and performance.

Evelyn O’Toole, founder and CEO and Anne O’Donnell, director of Microbiology at Complete Laboratory Solutions (CLS). Image: Martina Regan

By Stephen Larkin

Published: 25 November, 2020