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Evaluating a rapid test for diagnosing a childhood respiratory virus

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Speeding up the diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus could reduce the spread of infection and produce cost savings for NHS hospitals.

It can take over 24 hours to receive a…

Examining the potential benefits of a near bedside test for Clostridium difficile infection

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Faster diagnosis of Clostridium difficile should reduce the spread of infection and improve use of NHS resources in hospitals.

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a bacterium that can infect the bowel…

One year on: Supporting the response to COVID-19

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We have rallied, alongside our collaborators, to help the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below we highlight some of our key activities over the last 12 months as we…

Exploring COVID-19 testing in English care homes

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Led by the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, we have analysed the views of care home staff and identified opportunities for refining COVID-19 testing in care homes.

In the…

Examining the unmet clinical needs for COVID-19 testing

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Working with collaborators across the CONDOR partnership we have analysed the views of health and social care professionals and policy makers on COVID-19 tests.

There has been a concerted effort…

Informing the optimal sampling strategies for COVID-19 testing

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Samples for COVID-19 testing by RT-PCR should be taken as soon as symptoms start and from different sites of the body to have the best chance of correct diagnosis.

Accurate…

Evidence reviews to support frontline medical staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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We have written seven rapid evidence reviews to assist healthcare professionals with their decision-making.

At the start of the UK response to the pandemic, there were many uncertainties regarding how…

Helping to prioritise rapid COVID-19 testing within UK hospitals

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Working with our CONDOR partners we have analysed clinical opinion to pinpoint where rapid COVID-19 testing could have the greatest impact in UK hospitals.

With coronavirus cases in the UK…

Exploring the practicalities of monitoring kidney function at home

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Self-testing kidney function in the home gives accurate results, empowers patients and may save them and healthcare services time and money.

Kidney function must be frequently monitored in patients who…

Shaping the design of a home test for monitoring chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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We helped the UK based company Mologic win a £2M award and work with patients to further develop their test for early identification of a flare-up.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…

Assessing a new method for diagnosing chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

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Using a standardised approach to diagnose chronic lymphocytic leukaemia should enable patients to have earlier access to treatments and help NHS laboratories.

As the population ages, more people are developing…

Achieving the NHS long term plan by improving the diagnosis of Familial Hypercholesterolaemia

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Since it has been implemented the new testing strategy for Familial Hypercholesterolaemia has saved patient lives and the NHS money.

Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a common inherited condition affecting around…