The University of Salford are supporting the fight against Coronavirus by donating a specialist machine that will help the government run tens of thousands more COVID-19 tests.
The machine can detect as little as one virus particle in swabs taken from inside the mouth or nose of a patient.
Known as the Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction equipment (RT-CPR), it is normally used by University researchers studying inflammatory and fibrotic diseases.
It was handed over to armed forces personnel last week to be delivered to the company the government has tasked with upping the number of COVID-19 tests.
On a local level, the university has also delivered thousands of PPE to Salford Royal hospital and are currently developing a state of the art visor for NHS staff on the front-line.
The visor, which is now being tested by Salford Royal, is aiming to be 90 per cent sterilisable, and will go into production this week.
Around 37,000 pairs of disposable gloves, over 500 lab coats, 100 pairs of safety glasses and 10 full body suits as well as hand sanitisers were also donated to the hospital after widespread reports of kit shortages in the NHS.
Biomedical science staff returned to the campus that was closed amidst the Coronavirus outbreak to collect the much needed equipment and delivered it to the hospital.
Professor Sheila Pankhurst, Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Environment, said: "I am so proud of the way in which university staff have stepped up to support our NHS at this vital time.
"As a civic university, we are committed to supporting our community and local partners at all times, but never more so than now as part of this national effort to combat coronavirus.
"Staff acted swiftly and with great generosity to get much needed supplies and equipment to the frontline of this battle.
"When we put the call out for volunteers, we were inundated with staff wanting to help. We are all so grateful for all the work that the NHS is doing – and that includes many of our current students and alumni who work in these vital services – so this contribution is the least that we could do."
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