A NEW check that may diagnose flu in 20 minutes might save the NHS £24million a 12 months throughout England, consultants say.


A throat swab analysed on an on-site pc can detect 43 strains of the virus and assist A&E employees determine the right way to course of and deal with victims.


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The throat swab can detect 43 strains of the virus and assist A&E employees determine the right way to course of and deal with victims[/caption]


Medics beforehand needed to wait a number of days for outcomes to return by — that means sufferers usually took up invaluable mattress house unnecessarily when put into isolation.


Now, these contaminated might be remoted, whereas others could also be despatched dwelling.


Trials of the cobas Liat check at two hospital trusts in Norfolk and London discovered it may possibly scale back admissions and mattress blocking.


Berenice Constable, from Kingston Hospital NHS Basis Belief, mentioned: “This has had a big effect on enhancing well timed therapy for sufferers and helped to make sure that beds should not closed unnecessarily.”













Flu hits as much as one in ten adults and one in three kids yearly.

The virus was behind a document 520,163 emergency hospital admissions final December. However a delay in ordering vaccines has led to shortages this winter.



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