80,000 COVID exams and counting: Meet the crew behind it

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FRONTLINE SCIENCE. An exceptional team of NSW Health Pathology laboratory scientists based at Lismore Base Hospital are conducting diagnostic testing for COVID-19. L-R – Supervising Scientist Glenn Hawkins, Emily Storey, Erin Lysaght, David Lawless-Pyne, Leonie McIntosh and Bob Olley. Photo: Alison Paterson


A TEAM of devoted scientists have been a significant aspect in analysing over 50,000 of the 80,000 COVID-19 exams undertaken on the Northern Rivers.

In response to NSW Well being Pathology, Lismore Laboratory Supervisor of Microbiology, Glenn Hawkins, his crew have completed an distinctive job in processing the samples and guaranteeing sufferers obtain correct outcomes – and peace of thoughts – as effectively as potential.

Mr Hawkins and his crew are located at Lismore Base Hospital the place they’ve been working seven days per week in a laboratory below strict an infection management protocols, to make sure they’ve been in a position to sustain with the demand.

He stated quick, correct testing allows early prognosis and administration of COVID-19 circumstances, which is important for the safety of the group and to curb the unfold of the virus.

“On the peak of COVID-19 testing had been analysing over 700 samples a day,” he stated,

“Now it’s round 200 to 250.”

SUPER SCIENCE: NSW Health Pathology, Manager of Microbiology, Glenn Hawkins leads a dedicated team of laboratory scientists based at Lismore Base Hospital who have processed more than 50,000 of the regions 80,000 COVID-19 tests samples. Photo: Alison Paterson

SUPER SCIENCE: NSW Well being Pathology, Supervisor of Microbiology, Glenn Hawkins leads a devoted crew of laboratory scientists primarily based at Lismore Base Hospital who’ve processed greater than 50,000 of the areas 80,000 COVID-19 exams samples. Photograph: Alison Paterson

Mr Hawkins stated after a pattern is collected from the affected person utilizing a nasal swab, it’s then analysed in a NSW Well being Pathology laboratory, geared up with extremely specialised tools, together with a Excessive-Plex 24 System designed to detect and distinguish coronaviruses, by their educated well being professionals.

 

ROBOTIC DIAGNOSTIC: NSW Health Pathology Supervising scientist Glenn Hawkins with a High Plex robot which allowed his team of laboratory scientists to process more than 50,000 of the regions 80,000 COVID-19 tests samples. Photo: Alison Paterson

ROBOTIC DIAGNOSTIC: NSW Well being Pathology Supervising scientist Glenn Hawkins with a Excessive Plex robotic which allowed his crew of laboratory scientists to course of greater than 50,000 of the areas 80,000 COVID-19 exams samples. Photograph: Alison Paterson

“We’re additionally arrange for fast PCR testing, for use for prime danger, excessive precedence circumstances the place an pressing prognosis is required,” he stated.

These embody the aged, acutely unwell sufferers or these with pre-existing or continual well being situations.

He stated NSW Well being Pathology’s fast testing kits can detect a COVID-19 an infection, with the consequence offered to the affected person’s clinician and the native public well being crew inside just a few hours of the pattern arriving on the lab

Mr Hawkins stated his crew have been doing an impressive job.

“Our crew of 9 have been working over seven days per week from 7am to 10pm,” he stated.

“It is essential to return ahead for testing, even in case you solely have minor signs, to make sure we maintain group transmission at bay.”

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