Four-hour queues at the coronavirus testing clinic at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital meandered down the street on Saturday after the Queensland Chief Health Officer asked someone who was on or since Jan. Were in Victoria December 12th for immediate testing and self-isolating until they get their results

Queensland had no new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said on social media The state’s total active cases remained constant at 13, either in quarantine or in hospital

Only 2742 tests were performed in the last 24 hours However, pictures and videos posted on Saturday night in the queue at the RBWH clinic showed people snaking from the main entrance around the parking lot and onto Butterfield Street

“Massive queues for tests at RBWH to close at 9 p.m. Line gets very irritated at the prospect of people waiting for hours to go home Nurses can’t tell if that will happen or not” , popped Rebeka Powell from Nine News Queensland on Saturday

Nine messages Elisabeth Moss from Melbourne wrote from the same queue: “I’ve been here for more than an hour Some children in slippers, others sleep in their parents’ arms A few in line with suitcases”

Jeannette Young, chief health officer, said Saturday that close contact on a Victorian case in the Mackay area had been identified while an occasional contact in the Gold Coast had been confirmed

As a result, anyone in Queensland who died on Jan. Has been in Victoria on December 31, or since then, asked to have himself tested at home or in his accommodation and quarantined until he gets a negative result

There have been similar reports of lengthy delays at Robina Hospital on the Gold Coast One person who stood in line for a test said the hospital staff wasn’t in front of Dr Youngs have been warned please

Melburnian Alex, who has asked that her last name not be published, is staying on the Gold Coast, taking her two young children to be tested at Robina Hospital on Saturday

“There we were met with a queue of over a hundred people and a man identified only by a shirt that read ‘Queensland Government’ asking people to leave and providing a list of places that we should visit the next day, “she said

“Shortly after arriving and joining the long line, a doctor came outside near the overflow waiting area. He explained that he was the only person in this hospital who did the tests. No nurses, no other doctors One person

“A very helpful hospital staff member said the hospital was only made aware of the CHO’s new direction [that people visiting Victoria should be tested] at the same time as the media did not have a chance to get ready or to increase the capacity “

Lisa Millar also complained on Twitter: “Now wait six hours in the sun for the COVID test on the Gold Coast Mostly Victorians at the request of the government The line only moves at the moment when someone walks because he has the patience has lost “

LNP Shadow Health spokeswoman Ros Bates said Saturday RBWH lines were “appalling and unforgivable”

“The Labor government feared Queenslanders would be tested, but when they drove to answer the call, they were turned away,” she said

“I am dismayed why this clinic closed at 9 p.m. despite only hours before Labor challenged anyone from Queensland who had been aged 21 or over December was in Victoria to get tested immediately

“I hope that the people who were turned away by RBWH last night can get a test today and treat the staff with respect because they weren’t the ones in charge”

To find the closest testing clinic or alternative testing site if there is a long delay on your next one, see the listing on the Queensland Health website

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Source: https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/lengthy-queues-test-patience-at-qld-covid-clinics-amid-victoria-fears-20210103-p56rf6.html