One of Liverpool’s most high-profile doctors has revealed his thoughts on Covid19, the misinformation around the accuracy of testing kits and how his firm Ghosh Medical Group are helping in the crisis.
Dr Arun Ghosh, admits it’s difficult to think about returning back to a normal life at present but says “the country will move on and hopefully learn from this issue.
“We’ve heard a lot about testing and PPE. The
main issues around both of course, is lack of it. Testing front line staff,
their families and key workers to check on their safety along with the wider
community is a proven way to calculate the numbers of the virus in particular
areas and ultimately to get better control. Without this we just won’t know if
we are winning this battle or not. We’re basically fighting in the dark.
Dr Ghosh explained that there are two types of
testing currently – the PCR mouth and nasal swab kit, highly accurate for
diagnosing Corona often with 100% accuracy.
“But, it doesn’t always tell you if you have
immunity or if you’ve had the condition. It also may not be the right type of
test in people without symptoms. This is an excellent test for those who are
working on the front line or anyone who has symptoms. The test however takes
time to return and we are limited with the amount of laboratory space we have
in the UK.
“The second we heard about was the blood antigen
and antibody test – which though not as accurate tells you whether you may have
had Corona or not. This is far more practical for the widespread community
testing we will require as it gives us not only numbers of cases but also the
ability to see whether someone can return to work or not.”
Dr Ghosh maintains that the issue has been that
the government purchased unreliable tests and many fake kits also hit the UK
market leaving the general public feeling very sceptical about this type of
“It seems overnight that lots of different types
of testing centres have been opened up by people trying to cash in on the
crisis in spite of not being regulated.”
Dr Ghosh cites how the Germans have been getting
their testing right by manufacturing their own blood kits which have been 98.9%
“These are the type of kits we should be looking at and following our European partner’s example of how testing widespread is an important tactic for beating COVID-19.
“Prevention is always going to be better than
cure and appropriate PPE is going to be essential for anyone who is going back
to work in the near future.”
Speaking about the potential of a second peak,
“The government is right to be concerned about a
second wave of this virus and if we are to re-open our economy, we must make
sure we do this safely. The threat to many lives and our economy are obvious.
“Companies considering opening up again must make sure that staff have appropriate PPE. It’s been heartbreaking to watch what’s happening to our front-line staff especially as the calls for PPE don’t appear to have been answered and yet we are expecting people to go into work with such poor equipment.
“My worry here is that many companies won’t know
what would be appropriate for them to use or purchase or that the items they do
purchase are not fit for use as again, many counterfeit items are appearing on
The Ghosh Medical Group has been busy helping
key workers across a wide variety of sectors who have had to carry on working
as key workers.
“We’ve been helping to provide appropriate
testing, fit-for-purpose PPE as well as advice on how to manage employees who
may be presenting with symptoms. This includes contact tracing and helping
those who they have been in contact with too.
“We all have a duty of care to look after each
other at this time and that’s the case even more so for companies expecting
their employees to go back to work.
“I admit that I’ve been taken aback by how many
and how diverse the essential key worker sector is.
“For example, we recently helped a pallet
company who needed to continue producing the pallets. Everything from medicines
to baby milk is delivered on a pallet and nothing in bulk could be delivered
unless this company could continue producing the pallets. There are many
examples of this that we can give of essential work that needs to be maintained
to keep Britain going. Many of these companies may not have been classed as key
workers previously nor would they have sought our help.”
Chris Reynolds of The Reynolds Group echoed Dr. Ghosh’s sentiments:
“We are a key working company and it was vital we kept working through this current crisis to supply food and pharmaceuticals to the whole of the UK. The testing we did with Ghosh Medical Group really helped keep the right staff in work and isolate those at risk. This made us all feel safer in work and has kept us going through the pandemic.”
Dr Ghosh added: “We all have a part to play in
this crisis and anyone in the healthcare industry should be doing whatever they
can to keep Britain safe. I’m proud that we are able to offer the right advice,
tests and equipment as part of getting Britain better, healthier and back up on
Danny Beesley – Operations Manager for Ghosh
MedicalGroup said “In these unprecedented times
we are happy to be able to assist in the testing for COVID 19. Testing can take
place at either our Liverpool Rodney Street practise, or our Wirral practise
which is based at The Barns, 5 Village Road, Oxton
. Wealso have registered medical
professionals who can come out to your business address to do tests. Our expert
medical team can cover North West England and Greater London areas.”
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