New £5m health lab in Newport to process coronavirus tests

New £5m health lab in Newport to process coronavirus tests
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A new ‘Lighthouse Lab’ has been announced for Newport as part of a UK-wide expansion in coronavirus testing.

It will be the fifth Lighthouse Lab in the UK – others have been functioning in select sites across the UK since as early as April, set up to process the tests people are sent to do in their own home.

It is expected that the new lab, announced by Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, will be based at Imperial Park and will be up and running by the end of August.

Mr Gething said: “I am pleased the new Lighthouse Lab will be set-up in Newport, as part of the UK Government’s expansion.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething

“Today’s announcement builds on the £5m Welsh Government investment in a Public Health Wales laboratory at this site and when it is no longer needed for coronavirus testing it will be handed over for use by NHS Wales.

We are making increasing use of the UK-wide testing system and the Lighthouse Lab network. This will support our Test, Trace, Protect strategy by helping us get the testing capacity and turnaround times we need, and to be ready for the autumn.”

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He added: “It also provides another jobs boost to Wales’ growing life sciences sector.”

Public Health Wales, NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership and Life Sciences Hub Wales have been working with the UK Government to get the lab up and running.

The Newport lab will be processing tests from England as well as Wales.

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