COVID-19 testing 'pods' have been rolled out in Reading to help people get back to work safely.

Prenetics has announced the rollout of Covid-19 testing ‘pods' of which 10 are to be implemented this week, with up to 100 pods due to be installed on premises owned by IWG plc (formerly Regus), across IWG’s network of flexible workspaces.

The installations will be across the UK, the first being in Reading, Dartford, and various other national locations.

The pods will be available for the public and office users alike to book a government approved Covid-19 test at a time and location convenient to them, offering a variety of test types – from lateral flow tests being rolled out by the government, to laboratory PCR tests with quick turnaround for travellers.

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This includes tests valid for Fit-to-Fly and for the UK Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme.

Users will take advantage of a full end-to-end digital journey when testing; with the ability to find their local pod, book online and receive their results all from their mobile phone.

This also includes full automated reporting to PHE and Track and Trace, and will integrate with the Prenetics Health Passport for access to future sporting and entertainment events.

While Prenetics already serves many major corporates in the UK directly, and provides Covid-19 testing solutions to large clients such as The Premier League, this new partnership with IWG will enable it to support the crucial return of employees back to the workplace.

IWG is the largest workspace provider in the UK and the world, with 3,300+ locations in 1,100+ towns and cities across 120 countries.

Avi Lasarow, Chief Executive of Prenetics UK, said: “We are delighted to be deploying our proven systems developed for international travel, businesses, and for our elite sporting bodies with IWG, starting with its largest known brand Regus.

"This initiative coincides well with the UK government’s offer to provide free onsite testing services for individuals at work."

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Simon Loh, UK Chief Operating Officer of IWG PLC, said: "We look forward to supporting our customers and people through simple, cheap, on-site testing, which we expect will be rolled out over the months ahead, using the well understood lateral flow systems.”