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Safety fears as Covid-19 test times blow out 6+ hours

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The line at 4Cyte Pathology testing clinic in Surfers was already snaking down Ferny Ave on Monday morning. Other sites across the Coast have reported wait time blowouts of up to six hours, with wait times for results exceeding 110 hours.Resident Jewell Rollins said the Ferny Ave clinic was so jam-packed, people were forced to walk on the busy road instead of the footpath when trying to get past it. “I have been watching it every day since it started – it gets worse every day,” she said. “Someone could easily walk out in front of an oncoming car.” She said it was heartbreaking to watch those lined up for hours get turned away every day at noon when the clinic closes. “They should do away with testing altogether. Covid is here, what’s the point of testing,” Ms Jewell said. “We’re all over it now, we have to live with it and these people on holidays should be able to enjoy themselves without getting a test. “The Gold Coast and Surfers had such a bad time during the pandemic. “It certainly would not make people feel like coming here on holiday if you have to go to this trouble.” Wait times of up to six hours for Covid-19 tests are being reported at the QML testing centre at Southport’s Smith Collective. Community members have called for shade and toilets to be made available at other sites.Meanwhile, Gold Coast Olympic swimming star Brooke Hanson revealed the extreme lengths her family of five had to go through to get a test. “Crazy times – my husband needs to get back to work in Qld as a firefighter but we can’t even get a test,” she told her Instagram followers. “We were at Coffs Harbour drive through clinic early (Sunday) morning and got turned away. “Drove 100kms to Kempsey (and) all clinics (were) booked out for the day.” NED-2822-GCB-APPMs Hanson’s family was forced to sleep in their car on Sunday night to successfully get their test and enter Queensland on Monday. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced testing capacity would be increased on the Gold Coast and various other parts of Queensland. Ms Palaszczuk acknowledged reports of lengthy wait times at testing sites – and delays receiving results – and said “we are increasing capacity”.“The issue is some of the private clinics have actually shut down over the Christmas and New Year period,” she said.“That’s why our testing clinics are going to ramp up over that period.“Once we get through New Year’s we’ll pretty much be back to normal.”NED-3269 Gold Coast Download Newsletter BannerTwitter follow Melanie Whiting



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