In recent weeks, Melbourne Pathology has experienced a deluge of COVID-19 specimens that far outstrips our capacity to process them. This scenario is common to laboratories across several states as we grapple with huge levels of community transmission.
The surge in testing, high community positivity rate and significant reduction in staffing from COVID-19 infection and contact isolation led to a progressive accumulation of samples in unprecedented numbers.
Taking into account both the serious clinical considerations and the need to restore a sustainable laboratory testing service for the Victorian community, some COVID-19 samples will no longer be tested.
All patients who have outstanding results as agreed by The Department of Health will be notified by text message.
We sincerely regret needing to take this course of action, and acknowledge and respect the hardships and steps Victorians have taken to be tested.
Thank you for your understanding as we work to reduce the turn-around-time of testing.