PCR laboratory update 18 November 2020

Friday, 20 November 2020 | Dr Fergus Whitehead

The demands on our PCR laboratory has markedly increased due to the recent COVID cluster in South Australia, and as such there is a shortage of reagent due to increased demand for Covid-19 PCR testing.

To be able to keep up with the unprecedented volume of COVID testing we are experiencing, we need to temporarily cease general respiratory viral and faecal PCR testing. This will allow Clinpath to focus on the huge demand for COVID-19 testing and support the public health effort in South Australia.

We will resume both faecal and general respiratory viral PCR tests as soon as the COVID-19 infections in South Australia are under control.

For emergency hospital cases only, Clinpath Pathology are able to perform a Rapid Flu A, B or RSV during this time – please note, Rapid must be requested. Faeces MCS is also still available which covers bacteria and parasites. Our testing capacity will be evaluated weekly to determine whether these tests can be re-introduced.

If you have any questions, you can also contact your Client Liaison representative to discuss. We encourage you to stay aware of our directives, either via this medium, your BD Client Liaison Rep, or our website here: clinpath.com.au/clinicians/news/

Best wishes

Dr Fergus Whitehead

CEO Clinpath Pathology

Updated Friday, 20 November 2020