Doing whatever it takes to get COVID-19 swabs tested

With just 24 hours notice that Air New Zealand would not fly from New Plymouth during lockdown, Taranaki laboratory workers had to think fast.

They had swabs of possible Covid-19 patients that needed to be tested in Wellington and with air freight out of the question, and the cost of an urgent courier too high, one staff member drove to Wellington and back during their weekend to transport the samples.

“It was a 10 to 12 hour turnaround,” Taranaki District Health Board laboratory operations manager Judith Rowland said.

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