What is the point of Point-of-Care Testing?

Point-of-care tests [PoCTs] are a rapid, simple way to screen for drugs.

They are ideal for use in the workplace, allowing employers to obtain results within a few minutes, helping you to decide whether staff members can be allowed to continue working or should be stood down.

PoCTs are straightforward to administer on-site by members of your own staff, working as trained collectors, who don’t need to be medically-qualified. Express Medicals is expert at providing training to collectors, giving you peace of mind about the quality of the results they deliver. We can train your staff onsite, or offer you advice and help at one of our 15 clinics nationwide.

With PoCT kits, a rapid negative result means that you can send an individual back to work there and then, with minimal disruption to your business.

In the event of a positive / non-negative result, then an individual can be stood down while a further sample is then sent to the laboratory for further testing and confirmation. [This is referred to as legally defensible chain of custody testing].

Express Medicals supplies reputable proprietary kits that can be securely stored at your site. We can help you review or draft drug & alcohol policies and our Customer Support team is always on hand if you have queries. We can train your staff in the use of PoCTs and run both training courses for collectors and educational seminars about drug & alcohol issues in the workplace for supervisors and senior management.

We have built up a vast experience of occupational drug & alcohol testing in the 22 years we have been in business and have developed effective processes to pass on that information to you and your staff.

We can supply you with PoCTs for use by your own collectors. Alternatively, we can supply our experienced collectors to carry out both point-of-care testing and the collection of samples, where appropriate, for legally defensible testing at a laboratory. All our medical staff are up-to-date with the latest and best practices in the field of occupational drug testing.

For information and advice about both PoCTs [Point-of-Care Testing] and laboratory testing, please contact our Commercial Team on 020 7500 6900.

We look forward to helping you soon.

New January Weekend Opening

 

Express Medicals’ London clinic is opening on Saturday 13 and 27 January (9am-1pm for medical assessments and drug and alcohol testing), making it even easier for you to fit in appointments round your work hours.

We’re trialling weekend opening next month after clients told us they’d really value Saturday appointments in addition to our express weekday services.
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