Hospitals outside London have to wait four days for the coronavirus test results.
When the number of potential cases increases rapidly – as has already been the case in London – hospitals outside the capital could face an “apolocalypse” due to the long wait for confirmation.
The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain has skyrocketed from 260 to 1,019 today, as the UK had its worst day.
Results in London can arrive as quickly as 24 hours after the test.
A Cambridge university hospital consultant said the results were achieved in three to four days – contrary to what the Trust claims, it only takes 39 hours, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Hospitals suggest that the Hull Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust achieves results in 72 hours.
Staff were told to stop ringing the lab to get results because the number of calls was “overwhelming”.
Chessington World of Adventures parking lot has been turned into a driving treatment center to test NHS staff for coronavirus
Six lanes have been built in the children’s leisure park to allow health workers to get from the main road
Signs for test instructions that temporary buildings are erected for coronavirus testing for NHS workers in the parking lot of Chessington World of Adventures
The Cambridge consultant said, “People just don’t understand the apocalyptic nature of this situation.”
After increasing pressure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the number of tests per day would be increased to 25,000.
Germany performs around 500,000 tests per week.
A spokesperson for the Hull Trust said the infectious disease department – responsible for getting the results – had “a problem”.
A Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokesperson said, “Our turnaround time for Covid-19 samples is now 39 hours, which is longer than we would like.
“We follow England Public Health guidelines on personal protective equipment.”
The government announced yesterday that it will launch tests for NHS staff starting next week with the aim of increasing numbers on the front line.
The Chessington World of Adventures car park has been transformed into a swab center for doctors.
Hospitals have staff absence rates of up to 50% because staff or members of their household develop symptoms, which means they are forced to isolate themselves because they do not know they can work safely.
Michael Gove, who replaced the Prime Minister during the daily briefing, said: “The increase in our testing capacity is absolutely crucial in our response and our fight against the coronavirus.
Michael Gove, who replaced the Prime Minister during the daily briefing, (photo) said: “The increase in our testing capacity is absolutely crucial in our response and our fight against the coronavirus ”
“This is a special priority for those who work in the health and social services sector and work so hard to keep us safe.”
Tests for NHS employees will start with those who are ICU doctors or ICU staff, but will also include those who work in emergency services, ambulance services and general practitioners.
Sir Simon Stevens, Director General of the NHS, said that as test volumes increased, the service would be extended to cover a range of essential public workers such as social welfare services.
There are currently more than 6,200 confirmed coronavirus patients in hospitals across England and 846 other patients have been treated in intensive care since the start of the epidemic.
The announcement that NHS staff will be tested for Covid-19 has been widely welcomed, but experts have since warned that a false negative rate of up to 10% could mean that infected staff are not authorized to return to services.
It is understood that Chessington (photo) is one of many new sites preparing to take samples from NHS workers, allowing those with a negative test to return to work.
This means that thousands of doctors and nurses could be tested at sites such as Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey, where a facility has been installed in the parking lot.
Six lanes have been built in the children’s leisure park to allow health workers to reach the main road.
They stay in their cars while doctors in protective clothing take a swab from their nose and throat to be tested for Covid-19.
It is understood that Chessington is one of many new sites preparing to take samples from NHS workers, allowing those who test negative to return to work.
Earlier this week, the medical director of NHS England warned that tests should be increased to hundreds of thousands a day to make up for the crisis. Pictured: Chessington facilities
Pictured: temporary buildings and portacabins that were erected to test NHS workers for the deadly coronavirus in the parking lot of Chessington World of Adventures today in Chessington, Greater London
A source told The Sun: “This is what the public, experts and doctors have been asking for for a few weeks.
“Testing is so important and if it helps frontline heroes get the job done, it could be a game-changer.”
Testing of front-line staff became a contentious issue in the weeks following the start of the spread of the coronavirus in the United Kingdom.
Earlier this week, the medical director of NHS England warned that tests should be increased to hundreds of thousands a day to make up for the crisis.
Patients can stay in their car while doctors in protective clothing take a swab from their nose and throat for a Covid-19 test
After days of intense pressure, the Prime Minister said that the number of tests per day would drop from around 5,000 to 25,000 and that NHS personnel would be prioritized. Pictured: Chessington site
Pictured: Chessington World Of Adventures looks like a ghost town after being forced to close today on government orders due to coronavirus on March 21, 2020
On March 19, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised a dramatic escalation in the country’s coronavirus testing capacity.
After days of intense pressure, the Prime Minister said that the number of tests per day would drop from around 5,000 to 25,000 and that NHS personnel would be prioritized.
However, full ramp-up capacity may not be ready for four weeks, by which time the deadly crisis may be at its peak.