COVID one year on – 50,000th sample processed

Just last week staff in our laboratories celebrated a huge milestone and significant achievement; the processing the 50,000th COVID-19 test on site, whilst continuing all “business as usual” testing including flu. The team have consistently developed and grown the service they provide the trust as the pandemic has evolved, ensuring a quality of process and volumes of testing that they would not have thought possible 12 months ago.

On 10th February 2020 the labs received their first ?COVID-19 sample. Since then, they have:

  • Installed a platform, Panther, capable of doing 500 samples a day.
  • Developed verified testing for 7 different COVID assays.
  • Implemented new staffing structures and recruited additional members to cope with demand, and provide a 24/7 service.
  • Progressed from sending ALL samples off site to processing them all ON site for the majority of the time, providing results usually within the day as opposed to within five.
  • Helped to process the mass staff screening exercise in August, screening 5,000 staff.

And now one year on, we celebrate these remarkable achievements with the 50,000th sample processed.

Alison Hardy, Laboratory Manager said:

“I am so proud of the whole team, the way they have stepped up and faced challenge after challenge has been amazing. Every day for 365 days the team have showed up to do whatever they can to help the patients and keep the flow going.”

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