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Unilabs Middle East will lead conferences with speakers from the Unilabs network at this year's Medlab exhibition.

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Hall Zabeel 3, Z4.D10

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6th-9th February at Dubai World Trade Centre

14th of February online.

MEDLAB INPERSON/ONLINE CONFERENCE ON THE 14TH OF FEBRUARY

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In-person conference at Dubai World Trade Centre

Diogo Garcez, Chief Operations Officer Unilabs Portugal

6th Feb at 11:00 AM UAE
Diogo Garcez, Chief Operations Officer Unilabs Portugal discussing the major role of laboratory in value-based healthcare/value for money/costs.

Dr Rahul Chaudhary, Unilabs Group Product Director Pathology

7th Feb at 17:00 PM UAE
Dr Rahul Chaudhary, Unilabs Group Product Director Pathology discussing the Implementation of Digital Pathology and AI solutions in a multi-country pathology network.

Dr. Giuseppe Togni, Responsable Scientifique Microbiologie - Unilabs, discussing How should labs be prepared for the next unknown?

8th Feb at 15:00 PM UAE
Dr. Giuseppe Togni, Responsable Scientifique Microbiologie - Unilabs, discussing How should labs be prepared for the next unknown?

Faisal Eltegani Mohamed Ibrahim

9th Feb at 13:30PM UAE
Faisal Eltegani Mohamed Ibrahim, Chief Quality Officer Unilabs ME discussing Hot topics in Laboratory Quality Management Systems.

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Online Conference

Dr.Doaa Alhaboby Health Innovation Director - Unilabs ME will discuss Genetic Medicine: a new era of Cancerology.

14th of Feb at 10:00 AM UAE
Dr.Doaa Alhaboby Health Innovation Director - Unilabs ME will discuss Genetic Medicine: a new era of Cancerology.

Unilabs has laboratories in more than 20 cities across Europe and Latin America.

Our teams of over 330 pathologists and more than 1600 scientific tech personnel in pathology.

Our teams of over 330 pathologists and more than 1600 scientific tech personnel in pathology.

Labs with projections on continuous growth are making a difference in diagnostics.

Labs with projections on continuous growth are making a difference in diagnostics.

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OPERATING IN 16 COUNTRIES WITH PROJECTIONS OF CONTINUED EXPANSION

With over 180 imaging centres and over 210 laboratories.

With over 180 imaging centres and over 210 laboratories.

Providing 245 million annual laboratory tests.

Providing 245 million annual laboratory tests.

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More than 300 pathologists, subspecialty experts and 1200 laboratory personnel.

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Antigen Test

What is a COVID-19 Antigen Test?

A COVID-19 antigen test detects coronavirus proteins in the mouth and throat. This test determines whether a patient is currently infected with COVID-19.

Antigen testing is a suitable ‘first line of defense’ test against COVID-19, particularly in individuals who have COVID symptoms, because it is a relatively simple procedure, and is quicker than other approaches – like PCR testing; it typically takes around 15 minutes for a result.

It is less accurate than PCR testing, however, as a high viral load is required for the antigen test to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). Some people in the early or late stages of infection may therefore return a false result, although this is not common.

 

How is a COVID­19 Antigen Test Taken?

COVID-19 antigen tests typically involve a swab of the patient’s nose and throat (sample can also be saliva or blood). This sample is then analyed using the same underlying processes as a pregnancy test.

Results are typically available within 15 to 30 minutes of the sample being analysed, meaning a patient on site may have their results before they leave.

 

Antigen Testing at Unilabs

Unilabs and International Guidelines consider PCR to be the “Gold standard” for diagnosing current COVID-19 infections, due to its higher sensitivity and accuracy. PCR testing can also reliably detect COVID-19 in people who have no symptoms or signs, which is true in around 1/3 of infected people.

However we recognise there are specific situations when the speed and simplicity benefits of antigen testing make it an attractive option; for example, the mass-testing of schoolchildren and their families, or last-minute testing of travellers.

Unilabs works with a wide variety of businesses and groups to deliver bespoke antigen testing programmes at scale.

Portugal
Slovakia
Switzerland
Peru
Spain
Czech Republic
France
Netherlands

Talk to us today about whether COVID-19 antigen testing is right for your circumstances or contact us if you represent an organization.

Unilabs Antigen Test

What to expect from a Unilabs COVID-19 Antigen Test:

Here is what you will experience during a Unilabs COVID-19 antigen test:

  • Depending on your chosen location, you are either greeted by receptionists at one of our centres, or we travel direct to your door
  • We carefully swab the inside of your throat (tonsil area) and nose (nasal channel) whilst ensuring you are relaxed, informed and comfortable
  • Your sample is typically then processed on site while you wait. If COVID-19 guidelines prohibit you from waiting at your testing location, we will take your contact information so you can still receive your results swiftly
  • You receive your results within minutes of your test

 

Understanding Your COVID-19 Antigen Test Results

There are 3 possible outcomes you may receive from a COVID-19 antigen test:

1. Positive COVID-19 antigen test result

2. Negative COVID-19 antigen test result

3. Void antigen test result

 

Here is what each outcome means:

What a Positive COVID­19 Antigen Test Means

A positive COVID-19 Antigen test result means it is extremely likely you are carrying SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). This means you are at risk from developing COVID-19 yourself, and could also pass the virus on to others.

You should seek medical advice in relation to your infection and follow local government guidelines, which usually involves self-isolating for a recommended time to avoid infecting others.

What a Negative COVID­19 Antigen Test Means

A negative result from your COVID-19 Antigen test means it is very likely you did not have Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) at the time of your test.

Negative Antigen test results are not a guarantee you are free from infection, and of course do nothing to change your risk of future infection. You should continue to practise social distancing and cleanliness protocols with the usual rigour, and follow your local government advice day-to-day

What a Void COVID­19 Antigen Test Means

A void antigen test means your test was not viable. Most void results are due to a fault with the testing kit.

Fortunately, with antigen testing being so swift, in many instances a second test can be swiftly taken and evaluated.

 

Who Should Get a COVID-19 Antigen Test?

Unilabs recommends COVID-19 PCR testing as the most accurate test for diagnosing current coronavirus infections.

We recommend considering antigen testing if any of these circumstances apply:

  • You are exhibiting coronavirus symptoms
  • You think you have been infected for approximately 2-4 days
  • You are in a time-critical circumstance, e.g. required to travel imminently
  • You are responsible for an environment where regular mass-testing is required, for example: a busy workplace or a school

Contact our team today to discuss whether PCR or antigen testing is the best solution for the needs of you, or your organisation.

SEROLOGY TEST

What is a COVID-19 Serology (Antibody) Test?

A COVID-19 serology test detects human SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. This test determines whether a person has ever been infected with COVID-19, and therefore whether they may have a degree of potential immunity.

Serology refers to the study of antibodies in human fluids, most frequently found in the blood. Antibodies are the proteins produced by the body to recognise and fight off infections, including bacteria and viruses.

Serology testing is a great way to determine which members of a population (such as a workforce) have previously had COVID-19 infection, and therefore might have some immunity to reinfection.*

A serology test is different to a PCR test, which tests for current infections; you can read more about PCR testing here.

 

How is a COVID­19 
Serology Test Taken?

COVID-19 serology tests involve taking a blood sample to check for coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies.

Blood is extracted with a venous blood draw, i.e. usually blood taken from one of your veins. This blood sample is then taken for testing and analysis by doctors in a medical lab.

 

The Unilabs Serology Testing Experience

At Unilabs, our dedicated and attentive staff make sure the whole process of receiving the test revolves around you.

We are experts at dealing with all aspects of serology testing, from managing anxiety around needles to clearly explaining the procedure. We want to give you the most comfortable experience possible.

What happens during a Unilabs COVID-19 Serology test?

  • Depending on your chosen location, you are either greeted by receptionists at one of our centres, or we go directly to your door
  • We carefully collect your blood sample whilst ensuring you are relaxed, informed and comfortable
  • Your sample is swiftly delivered – usually by courier - to the nearest testing laboratory
  • Once at our lab, your blood sample will be processed and analysed by one of our experienced lab technicians
  • After analysis, we relay the test results to you immediately via your preferred means of communication.
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Understanding Your COVID-19 Serology Test Results

There are 3 possible outcomes you may receive from a COVID-19 serology test:

1. Positive SARS-CoV-2 antibody serology test result

2. Negative SARS-CoV-2 antibody serology test result

3. Void serology test result

Here is what each outcome means:

What a Positive COVID­19 Serology Test Means

A positive serology test result means that the test has detected some SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19)antibodies in the blood sample. This means it is probable that you have had coronavirus before (even if you were asymptomatic). It is not possible to determine exactly when you might have been infected.

Remember, having previously had COVID-19 is not a guarantee you are immune to future re-infection from coronavirus. You should continue to observe all possible precautions to avoid contracting and spreading the virus in your community and/or workplace.

What a Negative COVID­19 Serology Test Means

A negative serology test result means your test has not found any COVID-19 Coronavirus antibodies. This means it is unlikely that you have previously contracted coronavirus.

However, a negative serology test result does not guarantee you have never had coronavirus at some point. It is widely believed that antibodies to COVID-19 diminish over several months, so it’s possible you may have once had antibodies, but had not retained enough of them to be detected at the time of the test.

What a Void COVID­19 Serology Test Means

A void serology test means this specific test could not return a usable result, but thankfully, this does not happen very often. Most void results are due to a fault with the testing kit, but they can also happen in instances where ruptured blood cells, during transport, spoil the testing sample. This unfortunate occurrence means you will need to take the serology test again to receive a result.

In such a circumstances, we will do our utmost to rearrange another test for you in the quickest, and most convenient manner.

 

How Long Do COVID-19 Serology Test Results Take?

The typical time taken to deliver serology test results is 2-3 days, but it can be slightly longer in some cases.

Circumstances which could lead to a longer timeframe include your sample collection location and the workload of your testing laboratory. Unilabs always works hard to provide your serology test results as quickly as possible, provided the integrity of the procedure is not compromised. We will always do our best to inform you of any unexpected delays, so you can plan accordingly.

 

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Who Should Get a COVID-19 Serology Test?

Serological tests can identify previous infection or vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID) virus. It is also worth remembering that around 1 in 10 people will not produce antibodies, neither post-infection nor post-vaccine, so serology will not pick up all cases of previous COVID.

Serology testing has been recommended by the IFCC in the following instances:

  • Can support molecular testing (i.e. LAMP and PCR testing) which has been negative in persons who are still experiencing COVID-like symptoms for more than 14 days
  • Can support where molecular testing may be persistently positive well after infection has appeared to have resolved
  • To support any previous diagnosis in children where there is a chronic inflammatory condition
  • For public health information by the authorities

Serology testing is NOT recommended in:

  • Persons with early stage COVID infection (less than 14 days)

 

Can I Take a Serology Test after COVID-19 Vaccination?

Yes. A serology test can still indicate whether you were infected by COVID-19 in the past. The antibodies developed by your body several weeks after a coronavirus vaccination are different to the ones that the serology test detects. So to test for these, you may be required to take a different serology test than standard.

For more information on serology testing please contact Unilabs today and we will be happy to assist you.

 

*N.B. data is still emerging about how antibodies contribute to COVID-19 viral re-infection rates.

COVID-19 PCR Testing From Unilabs

What is PCR Testing?

PCR, or Polymerase Chain Reaction, is a cornerstone of modern biological medicine. The PCR process creates millions of replicas of a particular piece of DNA in a sample, amplifying its ‘visibility’ and making it easier to analyse in greater detail. PCR has enabled huge advances in diagnostic medicine including our response to the coronavirus.

 

How Does PCR Testing Detect COVID-19?

PCR testing is very effective for early diagnosis of COVID-19 in currently-infected people.

PCR tests determine whether an individual is currently infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19), and therefore contagious to others. This is extremely important towards preventing further transmission of the virus. PCR detects the RNA (ribonucleic acid) of the coronavirus. This is different to a serology (antibody) test for COVID-19, which detects human antibodies. Find out more about serology testing here.

PCR can only detect COVID-19 RNA if the individual is actively infected. Detection of viral RNA with PCR testing allows COVID-19 diagnosis early on – before the body has produced an antibody response or even before the individual shows symptoms.

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How is a Unilabs PCR COVID-19 Test Taken?

A Unilabs PCR test for coronavirus requires a nasal and/or oral swab and even a saliva sample. Depending on your location, Unilabs offers home PCR testing kits or testing at your closest Unilabs clinic.

In addition to our established clinics, we also offer sample collection through our mobile labs, mobile collection teams, as well as our professional flying nurses that go to on-site locations.

Your test sample is taken to one of our medical laboratories for clinical testing by our skilled lab technicians. Your swab sample will be examined and analysed to determine whether or not the virus is present.

What Does a Positive PCR Test Result Mean?

A positive COVID-19 PCR test result means it is extremely likely you are carrying SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). This means you are at risk from developing COVID-19 yourself, and could also pass the virus on to others.

You should seek medical advice in relation to your infection and follow local government guidelines, which usually involves self-isolating for a recommended time to avoid infecting others.

What Does a Negative PCR Test Result Mean?

A negative result from your COVID-19 PCR test means it is very likely you did not have Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 virus) at the time of your test.

Negative PCR test results are not a guarantee you are free from infection, and of course do nothing to change your risk of future infection. You should continue to practise social distancing and cleanliness protocols with the usual rigour, and follow your local government advice day-to-day.

 

How Long Does It Take to Receive PCR Test Results?

Once your PCR test sample analysis has yielded a result, Unilabs recognises the importance of getting that information to you swiftly. Unilabs PCR test results usually take around 12-48 hours from us collecting your sample.

The speed of your results can increase or decrease depend on factors such as your physical distance from the lab, or the workload of the lab at that time. If there are any anticipated delays, we always do our best to contact you regarding this.

 

When Should I Get a COVID-19 PCR Test?

If you have shown any of the common COVID-19 symptoms then you should self-isolate and book a PCR test for yourself as soon as possible, according to guidelines in your country.

If you have been recently exposed to others who are displaying symptoms or who have tested positive for the virus, then you should consult your local guidelines to know if it is necessary to book a PCR test.

For more information about PCR testing please get in touch with our experts today.

COVID-19 Sports Testing

Unilabs COVID-19 Sports Testing: Keep Your Eye On The Ball

As COVID-19 spread in 2020, sports fixtures soon became one of the most missed aspects of “life as usual.” However, steps are now in place to reintroduce professional sports back into our lives. Elite sport is now taking place in most countries, although usually in empty stadiums, with the help of testing and ‘bubbles.’

Even with no crowds, however, the businesses and teams involved in sporting events require constant COVID-19 testing vigilance. A single positive coronavirus diagnosis can lock down an entire sports team and its supporting staff.

In an industry as diverse and mobile as professional sport, a robust testing solution is fundamental. Unilabs has worked with a variety of sporting organisations to provide testing regimens that have kept them running smoothly through the pandemic.

COVID-19 and Sport – Which Test Is Best?

Unilabs COVID-19 PCR tests are ideal for sporting teams, as they diagnoses current infections (even in individuals who are not displaying any symptoms); with our on-site or remote PCR testing support, results can be swiftly reported in as little as 70 minutes, keeping COVID-19 out of the workplace and allowing the game to continue. Read more about PCR testing here.

New sampling techniques like Saliva PCR testing allow teams to enjoy a more comfortable solution than the traditional nose swab.

It is essential for sporting teams to conduct a regular testing regimen and have contingencies for additional testing in the event that a staff member or athlete tests positive.

COVID-19 Sports Testing – How To Win

The many sporting institutions Unilabs has supported with thorough COVID-19 testing include Portugal’s football Liga, the Slovak Volleyball and Beach Volleyball teams, and some of the most important cycling events in France.

To keep these events running, mass COVID-19 sports testing has been required.

In order for Portugal’s Liga football league to reopen in June, Unilabs rolled out a vast-scale testing programme in two waves. It was crucial to have comprehensive and confidential coronavirus testing of all parties involved, meaning 13,000 tests were processed pre-training; then 72 hours and 24 hours before every game played. All results were anonymized, with reports sent to each of the following: Football club Medical Department, League Association & Healthcare State Agency.

For more information on effective COVID-19 sports testing, or to discuss how we can help your sporting team or organisation stay competitive through the Coronavirus pandemic, contact us.

Fit to Fly

In the field of international travel, Unilabs can support:

1. Frequent-flying individuals and organisations in need of prompt clearance to travel

2. Travel-focused companies in need of a reliable diagnostic partner to provide testing services at scale for their customers

1. Rapid COVID-19 Fit to Fly Testing For Travellers

Many airlines now require passengers to take a COVID-19 test, to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on aircraft. Some regions require proof or certification of negative COVID-19 status before allowing people into or out of the country.

With rules and guidelines varying greatly from country to country, the safest approach is to have recent proof you are COVID-19 negative before you get to the airport.

Unilabs Fit To Fly is here to help companies looking to navigate this challenging environment for their travelling employees.

 

What is a COVID-19 Fit to Fly test?

Our COVID-19 Fit to Fly test is a simple PCR test, involving a swab of your nose and throat. You can read more about PCR testing here.

PCR tests identify whether a person is currently infected with coronavirus. You will of course not be able to fly if you are infected with coronavirus.

 

When Should you Take a Fit to Fly test?

With COVID-19 testing and travel, timing is everything. It is of course possible to book a test too late, but you can also be too early; most EU member states require the sample for the test to be taken 72 hours before departure, but there are instances where this can be less than 24 hours, or otherwise when travelling further afield. Some even require the report to be issued within 48 hours after arrival at the destination. Therefore, it is critical that you check both the requirements locally and those at your destination in advance.

We work as quickly as we can to deliver results in time for you to fly, but it’s important you research the requirements of your specific journey. Your airline or travel agent can provide the most recent travel rules and advice.

Unilabs PCR testing typically requires 24-48 hours between collection of sample and delivery of your test results via email, app and digital. Contact our team to discuss the most suitable timeframes for your Fit to Fly test.

2. Unilabs ProtectTM for Travel for Travel-Focused Companies and Organisations

Managing the burden of COVID-19 testing is new territory for most travel-focused companies. Unilabs is here to help you take on this new element of your service.

Clients of our Unilabs Protect for Travel programme can offer their travelling customers access to our testing centres throughout Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. We guarantee results in under 48 hours from sample taking.

As an example, our Passenger Screening Program with the United Arab Emirates allows airline passengers flying to the UAE to provide the required proof that they are COVID-19 free. Travellers can contact our customer service teams and book an appointment at a convenient location and time. We receive customers during working hours at over 270 Unilabs COVID-19 collection units strategically located in big European cities including London, Paris, Madrid, Geneva, Zürich and Amsterdam.

We guarantee logistics between our over 270 collection units to our accredited labs throughout Europe. Our turnaround-time is guaranteed 48 hours from the moment of collection. This allows all travellers to plan their travels safely.

For more information on the COVID-19 tests we provide to travellers and travel-focused businesses, contact us today.

COVID-19 Workplace Testing

COVID-19 changed everything for businesses

Coronavirus has massively impacted our working world. Many office-based businesses have been forced to cope with the sudden change to remote working, and others – for example manufacturing - have been required to dramatically adapt their on-site procedures to conform to safety standards

One thing is certain; business wants to return to a greater degree of ‘normality’. This is where effective COVID-19 testing programmes in the workplace can make all the difference.

Getting Back to Normal

Now is the perfect time to set your business on the path to your new normal. As COVID is here to stay for a while longer, Unilabs can accompany you in creating a safe working environment that might require intermittent testing for as long as it is necessary. Businesses that could particularly benefit from scheduled COVID-19 testing include:

  • as part of certain ‘return to work’ protocols
  • those with staff working in close proximity / confined spaces
  • those dependent on travel
  • those where face-to-face meetings and collaboration are a must

Whatever the circumstances of your businesses, comprehensive COVID-19 testing is vital to restoring the performance of your operation.

Unilabs Offers A Range of COVID-19 Testing Options for Businesses

Unilabs recognises every business is different and will have different testing requirements. We have structured our testing services for businesses with flexibility in mind, with approaches tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.

Unilabs can provide your business with:

  • precautionary, scheduled COVID-19 testing for some or all staff, regardless of exposure or symptom staging
  • testing focused on people with confirmed symptoms of coronavirus
  • antibody testing to determine past exposure and potential immunity to the virus across your workforce*

We are also flexible in how the testing is administered:

  • Unilabs to your work: our dedicated mobile teams can set up portable testing centres at your premises, using either mobile teams, walk-thru or drive-thru models
  • Unilabs to your home: in some locations we offer home-testing delivery
  • You to Unilabs: we have a network of testing centres that are conveniently located and can welcome your employees

Whichever approach you take, scheduled testing makes a big difference to your operational efficiency. Testing ensures people who have the virus, even those without symptoms, will test positive and can self-isolate quickly. COVID-19 “return to work” tests can also ensure those returning to work have fully cleared the virus before re-joining the workplace.

If you think your organisation would benefit from Unilabs COVID-19 testing for business, then get in touch today to speak with one of our experts.

Great for Employee Wellbeing

In these challenging times, we understand the health and wellbeing of your employees is important to you, and that COVID-19 remains a major concern to many people.

COVID-19 testing in the workplace can help you ease anxieties, reassuring employees and promoting safer workplaces. Testing is there to help support your team’s physical and mental wellbeing.

 

*N.B. Data for how antibody levels confer immunity to COVID-re-infection is still pending.

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