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Medical company Medichecks moves to new premises at Chapel Way, Binghm, from Medicity, Nottingham

A medical company has invested in new, bigger premises during lockdown.

Medichecks ­ has moved to Bingham from MediCity in Nottingham.

The firm is at forefront of private covid testing. It carries out innovative trials with the NHS to support home testing for diabetes patients – improving safety for patients by not having to attend a clinic.

Helen Marsden, co-founder and director of Medichecks. Picture: David Baird (43740334)
Helen Marsden, co-founder and director of Medichecks. Picture: David Baird (43740334)

Home-to-lab testing company Medichecks attacked the pandemic head on, quickly supporting its UKAS-accredited laboratories to help validate finger-prick testing for a covid antibody test from April.

By reaching out to its database of customers, Medichecks recruited volunteers for research ­— those whose covid-19 diagnosis had been proven via a positive PCR test.

Volunteers included a large proportion of front line healthcare staff, and thanks to its management of pre-qualifying research, medical review, and fulfilment of testing kits, Medichecks brought to market an antibody test in May.

Helen Marsden, co-founder and director of Medichecks, said: “We quickly realised as the pandemic was unfolding that we were ideally positioned to support the NHS and the public.

“Like many organisations, we wanted to do whatever we could to manage the situation, so we hit the ground running, working tirelessly to fill in the gaps the pandemic had created.

“This meant supercharging our growth plans by developing and launching new tests that people wanted and needed. We lent our expertise and resources to study the virus and released an antibody test in May, followed by a PCR swab kit in September, in a bid to help the public struggling to access the UK’s national testing programme.

“This prompted our highest number of website visits in almost 18 years of trading.”

Due to stringent regulations around covid testing, Medichecks built on its already robust compliance foundations, carrying out a comprehensive technical review on its CE Marking and launching a coronavirus-specific product website.

This was all amid moving premises twice. The company now has a permanent home in Chapel Lane, Bingham, in a larger complex to allow for growth.

Medichecks has forged commercial partnerships with High Street giants, including Boots and Holland and Barrett.

Helen said: “When I look back at what we’ve achieved since March I couldn’t be prouder of our team ­— we were fortunate not to lose anyone as a result of the pandemic and in fact, we have taken on people to cope with demand and made internal promotions.

“It has been tough, particularly when we reflect on the ever-changing regulatory landscape and uncertainty around the virus, but lots of positive innovations in delivery of healthcare ­— particularly primary care ­— are now commonplace because of covid.”

Medichecks has recently launched a Right To Diagnosis campaign, as part of its commitment to help people take control of their health and live healthier lives.

This initiative supports people with conditions, such as thyroid function, infertility and coeliac disease, who struggle to access help to get the correct diagnosis and treatment.

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