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Laboratory relocation firm offers free support for NHS

Specialist laboratory relocation and storage provider, Aport, is offering free support to the NHS in the regions surrounding its UK headquarters.


Based in Lancashire, Aport works with clients throughout the world including pharma giants and OEMs, but while international borders are closed, the firm is focusing on helping the battle against coronavirus close to home.


Commercial director of Aport, Tom Wickstead, commented: “We specialise in the relocation of laboratory samples, equipment, data, cleanrooms and cold chain materials so now is the perfect time for us to help labs and hospitals in the front line of the fight against coronavirus.


“We’re offering free services to NHS trusts in the Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria regions throughout the coronavirus pandemic to assist with their work fighting the virus.”


Aport has already helped Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust by moving eight ventilators, anaesthetic machines and X-ray between hospital sites at short notice.  Crews were on site within the hour to pack and load the machines at Wrightington Hospital and transport them to the new covid-19 intensive care ward at Wigan Infirmary.


Mark Burns, Education & Training Lead for Perioperative Care, said: "I’d like to extend my personal thanks and appreciation. Within 15 minutes of my call, members of the team came to our assistance, enabling important medical equipment to be moved to prepare an additional intensive care facility at Wigan Infirmary."


To request assistance from Aport, NHS staff should call 01257 676006 or email

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About Aport

aport is a world-first in providing integrated laboratory relocation services that deliver fully compliant turnkey solutions across the globe.

It is a specialist in the management of complex and business critical laboratory relocation requirements including end to end project management all of which is performed to industry recognised GxP standards.

As an organisation, aport is committed to delivering world class support to its customers through continuous training of its employees, a focus on ensuring knowledge of global regulatory standards is constantly maintained and investment in product and service leadership is made to ensure our solutions remain relevant, technically superior and innovative.

Headquartered in the UK, aport has offices in the USA and Singapore, but has the ability to work seamlessly throughout all continents to provide laboratory relocation services of any size, offering customers with multiple global facilities access to standardised and consistent levels of service.

aport was developed from a highly specialist relocations business in the UK, Andrew Porter Ltd.  Over the years the firm’s specialism in high-level laboratory relocation projects had grown to the point that its customer base included large global pharmaceutical businesses, which in turn demanded a global service.

To fulfil the needs and expectations of these clients, aport was born to revolutionise worldwide laboratory relocations provision in what is a largely fragmented service approach from other providers across key global locations.

As well as core relocation services, aport also provides a range of added-value services and project management options, providing our clients with a truly turnkey service that they can trust and rely on every time.

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Last Updated: 22-Apr-2020