Inside a COVID-19 test lab, where negative results are positive news

By | April 21, 2020

, This used to be printed 7 months in the past

On the 6th ground of St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst, thick purple tape marks the edge of Greg Granger’s place of job – a visible cue to any individual who would possibly overlook the stern spatial-distancing protocols.

The director of operations for St Vincent’s Hospital pathology unit SydPath works 12- to 16-hour days. He remains at a lodge all through the week and at weekends he works from his house within the Sutherland Shire so he can spend time along with his three-year-old daughter, Peyton.

Nurse Jarrod Tunks prepares forward of trying out on the new Covid-19 sanatorium in Darlinghurst.Credit:Louise Kennerley

“Our time in combination is beautiful restricted and we stay it outdoor and no sloppy kisses,” he mentioned.

“It’s simply too dangerous … If I’m the person who brings [COVID-19] into [the lab] there could be hell to pay.”

Mr Granger inherited from his predecessor two massive laminated maps of Sydney and NSW. Whiteboard markers have turned around the SydPath’s trying out websites, together with the most recent sanatorium on the East Sydney Community and Arts Centre.

COVID-19 pathology trying out at St Vincent’s Hospital.Credit:Louise Kennerley

The crucial used to be to transport trying out clear of the health center to split probably infectious other folks from the significantly in poor health and immuno-compromised, specifically most cancers and transplant sufferers, Mr Granger mentioned.

The Arts Centre is a excellent have compatibility. Just six blocks clear of the nun-founded St Vincent’s Hospital, it performed host to the appearing arts collective The Flying Nun prior to are living theatre used to be banned below the state’s social-distancing rules. Now healthcare staff populate the lobby dressed in non-public protecting apparatus extra conservative than a addiction.

Ruby Princess cruise send passengers Rona and Michael Dobrin get ready for his or her 2d COVID19 test.Credit:Louise Kennerley

From at the back of the face mask, the nurses glance apologetic as they provide an explanation for the swab could be unsightly, however just for a few seconds.


“You would possibly sneeze or splutter or your eyes would possibly water however then it’s all over the place,” probably the most nurses mentioned.

Rona Dobrin, 75, used to be unflappable.

“I’ve had worse. I’m used to objects shoved up my nostril,” Mrs Dobrin mentioned, recalling procedures to have a polyp got rid of from her nasal canal. “It’s simply two seconds of your existence, and it will save your existence.”

Mrs Dobrin and her husband Michael, 82, offered on the sanatorium on Friday morning for his or her 2d COVID-19 test. The Bellevue Hill couple had been a number of the greater than 400 passengers who disembarked at Circular Quay on March 19. A month later, they sought after to verify that they had cleared the virus.


The Dobrins’ swabs had been despatched by way of courier to SydPath within the past due morning. By 6pm, their telephones pinged with matching texts confirming their results.

“Negative!” Mrs Dobrin mentioned. Two days later, they had been examined once more. “Two negatives! That’s nice news!”

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