Pathology Queensland, Queensland Health
Pathology Queensland (Australia) delivers over and above to ensure the safety of Queenslanders through COVID-19 testing capability across the state
Pathology Queensland used all the resources at its disposal to ensure equal access to COVID tests for all residents. With a population of five million people spread out over a territory seven times the size of Great Britain, Pathology Queensland invested in five different testing platforms to provide reliable COVID-19 tests to even the most remote locations in the region. Moreover, 32 out of its 35 laboratories have a point of care patient testing system to ensure rapid turnaround times for COVID-19 testing in the most remote areas of Queensland.
Pathology Queensland’s investments in various testing systems has allowed it to flexibly manage massive shifts in supply and demand, ensuring that the region’s testing capability is protected from any international supply chain disruptions at a time of unprecedented worldwide demand for COVID-19 testing. With the support of its highly integrated specimen transport network, Pathology Queensland has been able to conduct up to 9000 COVID-19 tests a day across the region, providing widespread regional testing and decreased turnaround times. COVID-19 test results are now available in less than 24 hours in the metropolitan and regional cities, and within 36-48 hours after sample collection for tests conducted in remote towns. These represent some of the best COVID-19 turnaround times in Australia.
Pathology Queensland: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/healthsupport/businesses/pathology-queensland
Queensland Health: https://www.health.qld.gov.au