Coronavirus: 'Hot labs' in hospitals for faster testing

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Doctor performing a covid-19 test on a patient

(Source: BBC News)

Six new "hot labs" with rapid testing equipment will be created in hospitals as part of a drive to improve coronavirus test processing times. Three regional laboratories will also become 24/7 operations, with the Welsh Government spending up to £32m, including on extra staff.

The latest weekly data showed 56% of tests processed in NHS Wales labs came back within a day. Fast turnaround of tests is seen as key to a successful contact tracing system.

The money will pay for extra staff and equipment to enable Public Health Wales laboratories at University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, Morriston Hospital, Swansea and Ysbyty Glan Clwyd in Rhyl, to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week from October.

The six "hot labs" with fast testing equipment will be created at Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli, Morriston Hospital, Swansea, Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, University Hospital in Llandough and Grange Hospital, Cwmbran.

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