University of Wolverhampton equipment supports fight against COVID-19

The University of Wolverhampton has provided a vital piece of equipment to support the national effort in the fight against COVID-19.

Universities, research institutes and companies across Britain are lending their testing equipment to three new hub laboratories which are being set up for the duration of the crisis. NHS staff will be first in line for the new coronavirus (COVD-19) testing programme being developed in collaboration with government and industry.

The University’s Research Institute in Healthcare Science has supplied an Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast System PCR machine which has been transported to the new North Hub laboratory at Alderley Park in Cheshire, having been picked up by the Army earlier this week from the City Campus in Wolverhampton.

The machine uses a technique of testing called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which is usually used to test for viruses such as Hepatitis C or influenza.