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On-island testing now available in Jersey

Previously samples had been sent to the Uk which took up to 48 hours for results to come back. Credit: ITV Channel TV

On-island testing for coronavirus is now available in Jersey.

Previously samples had been sent to the UK which took up to 48 hours for results to come back.

However Jersey is now able to carry out its own testing with patients being given their result on the same day.

The Infection and Molecular Sciences Lab at Jersey General Hospital will work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employees have extended their hours to carry out testing.

At first health workers will be prioritised for testing.

A total of 150,000 antibody tests are expected to arrive in the Island later this month.

The ability to test for Covid-19 in Jersey means that people admitted to hospital can promptly be put onto the most appropriate treatment and they don’t need to be held in isolation rooms for 48 hours pending their result.

It also gives us a more realistic picture of the current number of infections in Jersey.

Patients can be assured that the new method has undergone stringent testing by the supplier, and verification in our laboratories, to ensure specificity, reproducibility and suitability for use.

Within 24 hours of the new tests arriving in island, around twenty biomedical scientists and laboratory support staff have been trained to perform them.”

– Adrian O’Keeffe,Pathology Manager

It is wonderful news that these tests are now available in the Island. It means that we can now have a quicker turnaround of results which will provide us with a fuller picture on how best to tackle the coronavirus outbreak in Jersey.

– Deputy Richard Renouf, The Minister for Health and Social Services

We will begin island-wide antibody testing, later in the month. We'll be making some further announcements on that shortly.

– John Le Fondré, Chief Minister

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