The first tests for coronavirus were done on 18th March 2020. Since then we have done 105,000 PCR tests on patients and staff and 48000 antibody tests since June 2020. To do this our staff have worked about an extra 1500 hrs (200 days) as overtime.
The average time it takes for a standard PCR result from when it arrives in the lab is around 6-8 hours.
Point of care testing has rolled out to 6 sites in the community, and extended to 16 areas across our acute hospitals.
LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) is a laboratory test that detects the presence of RNA of the SARS-Cov-2 from a self-conducted saliva sample. No confirmatory PCR test is required. Sensitivity at lower viral load increases the likelihood of detecting asymptomatic infectious individuals. Since LAMP is based on saliva sampling, it is minimally invasive.