“It’s the second year in a row the team couldn’t go on leave and celebrate the festive season
“There was enormous pressure on everyone to get through the tests.”
Despite this, Alex and his team maintained an uplifting spirit about the team’s approach to testing.
“The team never forget that although the sample is issued a lab number to track it through the system, they always know there’s a name behind it who requires a result”, he said.
Dr Bernie Hudson, Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases said that on top of processing thousands of tests, the pathology team also worked hard to prioritise inpatients, outpatients and staff to ensure the health system remained stable.
This made it a challenging task to promptly provide results to the general population with many people needing a negative PCR test result to enter certain states. Only so many slots were available to be processed in one go, which caused unavoidable delays.
“Unfortunately there were problems because people were needing a PCR test to get into states like Queensland, which ultimately put a lot of strain on the system, especially in our LHD,” he said.