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Microbiology processes more than 100,000 Covid-19 tests

Friday February 26, 2021

The Trust reached an important milestone this week by processing more than 100,000 molecular Covid-19 tests.  

Head of Microbiology, Paul Randell, said: “Reaching this milestone highlights the huge scale of the pandemic and the Trust’s response. Our microbiology colleagues have been fantastic over the last year and we are pleased to have played a crucial role in reaching this milestone.” 

As the pandemic continued, the microbiology team processed a 575% increase in molecular Covid-19 tests in December 2020, compared to April 2020.

Reaching this milestone highlights the huge scale of the pandemic and the Trust’s response

Paul Randell added: “The team have been adaptable and stepped up during challenging times, especially in the pandemic’s peaks, to provide test results within clinically relevant timescales, often turning around results within 7 hours of samples being received, compared against the national target of 15 hours.”  

“Testing will continue for the foreseeable future as the virus remains circulating in the community and in our hospitals. However, we are pleased that we are now seeing a reduction in positive test results.” 

The number of patients with Covid-19 at Western Sussex Hospitals has continued to fall, from a peak of 268 patients on 19 January, to 68 patients by 25 February at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester. 

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