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PCR Test Provider - Liverpool John Lennon Airport 2021

AKEA Life who are the clinical partners to Salutaris People and who provide the trained healthcare and medical staff and testing for Salutaris People both at Liverpool John Lennon Airport and at Wilmslow clinic, which serves passengers who are flying from Manchester Airport. The test suite at Liverpool John Lennon is a partnership between Salutaris People, Test Assurance Group and Liverpool Airport. It is a purpose built test suite located next to the Airport, on the main Overflow Car Park. This allows passengers to literally drive right up to the door take their test and drive away. Unlike Liverpool Airport, AKEA Life is not in a partnership with Manchester Airport, but still deliver tests for passengers before they fly from Manchester.

This week we got a chance to interview the MD of AKEA Life, Ben Paglia, at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

Salutaris People was formed in 2020 by healthcare entrepreneurs and disruptors Ross Tomkins CEO (Therapy Direct, Normedica) and Ben Paglia CEO (Akea Life) who wanted to combine their innovative healthcare businesses to develop a trusted healthcare brand. Its purpose was to fight the Coronavirus Pandemic and become a trusted provider of Covid related medical services. The Official Spokesman, Gerard Franklin, also add:- "The criticism surrounding the costs of PCR tests is absolutely correct and we have lobbied hard to get the laboratories to reduced their costs so we can pass onto our customers. The laboratories are the culprit in all of this. Tests were charged at ₤120 per test and then overnight they were able to reduce the cost by a whopping ₤60. This begs the question of how much profit they were making and yet despite this they are still making large profits even with ₤60 subsidised tests. It's important to understand how the costs are arrived at and who gets the lions share. For every ₤99 PCR test we provide to a customer around ₤66 of this cost goes straight to the lab. A further 20% in VAT also goes to the Government. We then have to pay for trained medical staff, expensive medical insurances, staff PPE, building and infrastructrue, security, equipment, heat and light. In essence Salutaris People make around ₤6 per test. The laboratories have not passed on their discount to us as a medical provider to give to our customers. If they did pass this on we would pass this directly onto the customers. Essentially we are providing a professional testing service that is administered by trained healthcare staff with a simple and easy to use service which gives an accurate test result and fast results. With the airlines and package holiday operators offering subsidised test kits this is actually causing more issues for the airline passenger because of delays in their tests and 'Unclear results.' In the long run this creates more inconvenience, ends up with airline passengers having secondary testing and costing even more money than if they had booked a test with us in the 1st place. So whilst subsided testing is a winner in some respects for the airline passenger in terms of costs; what the airlines and holiday operators are doing is creating a false sense of testing and assurance. In the long run it can end up costing an airline passenger a lot more money and inconvenience by then having to take a 2nd test."

Book your Covid19 fit to fly test here from Liverpool Airport's Test Site, run by AKEA Life and Salutaris People, under the name Test Assurance Group:- TestAssuranceGroup.Com.

To find out more about Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA), also known as Speke Airport, please visit:- LiverpoolAirport.Com.

For more information about AKEA Life, please visit:- AKEALife.Co.UK.

More information about:- "Fit to Fly" can be found on:- Gov.UK.

If travelling abroad you can check what you need to do and the latest guidance via going to this UK Government website:- Gov.UK.

Also, the latest international travel restrictions, in regards to the:- "Red, Amber and Green lists" for entering England, can be found on:- Gov.UK. This includes the latest rules you must follow to enter England, for international.

It is worth adding that from June 2021, Salutaris People test clinics, in:- Newcastle, Stockton On Tees and Sunderland, will also be able to provide the same service for the Airports within other parts of the North East, such as:- Newcastle Airport and Teeside International.

'Long Covid' sufferer from Liverpool tells of battling debilitating symptoms as part of 'Spread the Facts' campaign

AS lockdown restrictions ease, Directors of Public Health in Cheshire and Merseyside are re-launching a campaign to:- 'Spread the Facts' about how young people can play their part in stopping the spread of Covid19. With the vaccine rollout in England now opened up to those aged 30 and over, young frontline health workers have joined forces to make the facts clearer for young people and urge them to both get the vaccine when their turn comes and get tested regularly, even if they have no symptoms.

As part of the initiative, which is a collaboration between the NHS and Local Councils in Cheshire and Merseyside:- 'long Covid' sufferer Sally McCreith, Head of Medical Education, at Liverpool University Hospitals, has shared her own personal experience of long Covid and the devastating impact it continues to have on her life.  The 31 year old from Liverpool, contracted Covid19, in September 2020. Despite suffering from no underlying health conditions prior to contracting the virus, she is still experiencing debilitating symptoms 8 months on and wants to warn people about the impact the virus can have on lives.

Sally McCreith told us that:- "Covid was 1 of the worst experiences of my life, but what came next was even worse. The virus started with a really horrendous headache, then the tiredness and exhaustion kicked in and I literally couldn't get out of bed. My husband and I both had a really chesty cough; the noise was terrible, it sounded like our lungs were crackling and I had a constant burning sensation in my chest. We also both completely lost our sense of smell. As we started to recover, my husband's sense of smell came back, but when mine started to return, it wasn't right. I had developed parosmia, which meant all smells were horribly distorted. I can constantly smell a combination of rotten meat with an underlying chemical smell to it. As a result my taste is affected. I used to be a real foodie, but now eating is so difficult, as everything has this vile smell to it. I've lost 2 stone in weight since September, as I have to be very restrictive in what I can eat to avoid being nauseous. Even toothpaste is awful, it's like brushing my mouth with ashes and when I get in the shower I feel like I'm washing with rotten meat. I never feel clean and have developed a real paranoia. I have to remind myself that nobody can smell what I can smell. My husband, family and friends couldn't have been more supportive, but it has had a major impact on my mental health. I've also suffered brain fog, which is horrendous. I constantly lose my train of thought and my short term memory is completely gone. I'll forget the word that I was going to say or worry I've left something on or unlocked. Most recently I've become really breathless. I can't even carry the washing up the stairs. I had an irregular ECG and an x-ray, which indicates there might be an issue with my heart. I'm still waiting for the results, but I've heard it could be down to scar tissue and serious vascular problems, so it's extremely worrying that I'm now potentially facing that too. I never thought this could happen to me, but my whole life has been turned upside down. I want to remind people to be careful and protect themselves. All my friends are racing to get the vaccine after seeing the impact Covid19 has had on me. It's the right thing to do, it's the only way we're going to get back to some resemblance of normality and it will stop anyone having to go through what I am continuing to have to deal with daily."

Dr Oliver Dray, a 26 year old Doctor, at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said there are a growing number of younger people who are living with the long term impact of contracting the virus:- "Covid19 doesn't discriminate and we need to remember that younger people are not immune. It is not just about surviving, it's what comes with surviving as well and the potential consequences of that. Covid19 is a complex disease that can cause irreversible damage. We are now experiencing a positive drop in cases due to the vaccine and Government restrictions. I know that, for many of us, it can feel like the victory is done, but it is by no means done. Now is not the time to be complacent. I understand we are all frustrated and tired of restrictions, but we need to maintain guidelines and when it is your turn, get vaccinated. It is working and it is the only way we can protect each other and get through this together."

Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Liverpool and lead Director for Communications and Marketing in Cheshire & Merseyside, added:- "Lockdown restrictions and the safety measures in place to help stop the spread of the virus have undoubtedly impacted the younger generations. Through our 'Spread the Facts' campaign, we are speaking directly to young people to let them know that we recognise the sacrifices they have made, and that they are instrumental in the next phase of fighting against the virus. Science shows us that, alongside wearing a mask, hand washing and social distancing, our successful vaccination programme is the best way to get back to doing the things we love, and as we begin to call the younger generations forward to receive their vaccine, we want to ensure they understand the real facts and reasons behind why it is so important. I am extremely grateful to the NHS workers who have come forward to share their stories and, of course, all those who continue to work tirelessly in the fight against Covid19. We're almost there, and we're hoping this campaign helps to remind people of that."

The 'Spread the Facts' campaign features young people working across the healthcare community in Cheshire and Merseyside. NHS workers, including:- young Doctors, Nurses and Support Workers, share their experiences of working throughout the Pandemic.  The real life health care heroes impart facts and recommend simple behaviours that will cut the spread of the virus and stop the spread of misinformation among young people. SpreadTheFacts.Co.UK holds the facts and signposts to other official sites for further reading.

The Covid19 Vaccine is now available to anyone aged 30 or over, or if their 30th birthday falls before 1 July 2021. People in Cheshire and Merseyside are also encouraged to take part in regular Covid19 testing, and home testing kits can be ordered at:- Gov.UK

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