Working through the COVID-19 chaos, we are still open for business.
Ridgeway Research Ltd is operating as usual despite the constraints imposed by the UK’s lockdown response to Covid-19. Over the past month schedules have been rearranged, working patterns changed and up to half of the staff now work part or full time from home.
In the parasitology laboratory the introduction of social distancing coincided with a full schedule, which resulted in a very intense period of planning how to fulfil on the work load and, at the same time, ensure that a maximum of one or two people were in a room at one time and that a distance of 2 metres was maintained at all times. To say it was a challenge is an understatement. Having said that, once it was set up, staff adapted quickly to a shift system working part of the day solo in the lab and part on a computer at home. It has become such a way of life now that it is difficult to recollect how things worked before. Further adaptation has been necessary as our entire admin and accounts teams are now working from home. Our MD has expressed how impressed she is by what has been achieved by our committed team in such a short period of time, and how grateful she is to the staff for their creativity and adaptability in finding the solutions that have permitted us to continue servicing our clients.
Rumen Fluke (Calicophoron daubneyi)
Some months ago, back in the wintertime, we acquired three goat kids. They are now well grown and went out for their first walk on the lead today. They will be long term inhabitants at Ridgeway as they will assist us in maintaining our rumen fluke life cycle. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in obtaining rumen fluke metacercariae for research purposes.
One of the many ways in which rumen fluke metacercariae differ from liver fluke metacarcariae is their shorter duration of viability. This means that, as we bring rumen fluke metacercariae into our catalogue, we will need to be producing them to order for substantial orders, which in turn will mean that we will need several months lead time for large orders.
Alternatively, if you wish to purchase liver fluke metacercariae, then as long as you are in a position where you can change their water occasionally and you know you’ll be back at work within two months, we can send you metacercariae and they can be kept in the fridge for that period of time. We find that excystment begins to decrease after four months with liver fluke metacercariae so two months gives plenty of leeway. Please note that we’ll be fulfilling confirmed orders on a first come first served basis.
We are aware that some staff from our UK customers may have been furloughed – and may wish to obtain our parasite strains upon their return to work later in the year. Whilst we appreciate that if you are in that situation you are not working at present, nonetheless we would very much appreciate it if you could send indicative orders to assist us in fulfilling future formal requests.
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Similarly, if you’d like to obtain supplies of Ridgeway Science’s progesterone P & M plates, please get in touch and we can schedule an order in.
It would be natural for companies to feel risk averse to commissioning work at present but we’d encourage you to continue with your planned programme, albeit slightly slower perhaps. All departments of Ridgeway are open for business and have access to all supplies that we may need. We have contingency plans in place for risks such as more stringent government imposed movement restrictions, although at this stage we envisage that it is likely restrictions will be gradually decreased. Thanks to our forward planning, this week we have been able to release some of our PPE stock to the call for PPE for frontline Covid-19 NHS and care workers.
Finally, wherever in the world you are, we hope that you are safe and well and that you, your family, friends and work colleagues remain that way.