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Data Provider: Welsh Government Management Information Number of PCR antigen tests processed by Non NHS-Wales laboratories and percentage processed within 1, 2 and 3 days, by week and location
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Click here to sort31/05/2021Some pilot test events to trial the return of audiences to live events require attendees to return a negative PCR test within 5 days before the event. PCR testing for these events is included in the data presented in this release.<br />For 31 May to 6 June 2021 these tests accounted for around 7500 tests.Click here to sort07/06/2021Click here to sort14/06/2021There has been increasing demand on testing across the UK due to the Delta variant and this will increase the level of samples processed at the laboratories. The majority of non-NHS Wales tests for Wales are processed in two laboratories. These laboratories had lower than usual turnaround times in the latest week due to a larger number of tests requiring processing and the training of new staff. The overall turnaround times for the organisational portal and home tests were impacted in the latest week but tests requiring rapid turnaround were prioritised and therefore remained at similar levels to previous weeks.Click here to sort21/06/2021Click here to sort28/06/2021Click here to sort05/07/2021Click here to sort12/07/2021Click here to sort19/07/2021
[Collapse]All test routes[Collapse]Non-NHS Wales Lab[Collapse]Tests via an organisation portalWeekly tests completedTotal tests24,634(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.25,34525,41625,49825,77818,193(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.30,67123,211
% results within 1 calendar dayTests with a valid date that are turned around in 1 calendar day7170495633341527
% results within 2 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 2 calendar days9696919284646179
% results within 3 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 3 calendar days9999999999898196
[Collapse]CommunityWeekly tests completedTotal tests11,15214,15020,93031,42140,43940,201(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.42,29229,601
% results within 1 calendar dayTests with a valid date that are turned around in 1 calendar day9294919591918991
% results within 2 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 2 calendar days9899989999979797
% results within 3 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 3 calendar days100100100100100999999
[Collapse]Home testsWeekly tests completedTotal tests6,0464,6745,1028,2208,398(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.9,178(r) The data item has been revised since previously published in StatsWales.11,0889,880
% results within 1 calendar dayTests with a valid date that are turned around in 1 calendar day6061464835275255
% results within 2 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 2 calendar days9392768378517677
% results within 3 calendar daysTests with a valid date that are turned around in 3 calendar days9898969696869188

Metadata

Title

Location of antigen tests processed in NHS Wales and non-NHS Wales laboratories

Last update

28 July 2021 28 July 2021

Next update

4 August 2021

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

Public Health Wales

Contact email

kas.covid19@gov.wales

Designation

Management information

Lowest level of geographical disaggregation

Wales

Geographical coverage

Wales

Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence

Statistical quality

The total number of tests completed may differ to other tables due to different reporting times.
This data includes all tests completed not solely the number of individuals tested. Therefore, the totals here will differ from the number of individuals tested or testing episodes.
The results performance shown is a measure from the date a sample is recorded as being collected to the time that the result is authorised. It does not indicate how long it takes for an individual to receive their result from point of testing.

Samples collected as part of regular screening programmes, such as asymptomatic tests in care homes are included in satellite asymptomatic screening of keyworkers. This also includes testing of residents where key workers are employed.

Samples collected in mass testing centres, community testing units and mobile testing units are included in community and mass testing: in person. These are tests for where there is a clinical need and may include pre-operative screening tests.

Tests included in other do not contain enough information in the Electronic Test Record (ETR) to assign to a category. These may also include samples taken in other locations such as GP surgeries.

The proportion of results authorised within a number of calendar days is based upon tests with a valid date, this may differ from the total number of tests presented below. For example, if an authorisation date was recorded as being before the sample was collected then this would be an invalid date and not included in the denominator for the calculation.

The data includes tests processed in NHS / non-NHS Wales therefore antigen lateral flow tests are not included.

Samples collected at mobile testing units are included in the data for regional testing centres, which is shown as community.

The majority of tests via the organsitional portal to date are from care homes. This was originally the care home portal but has since been expanded to include other organisations.

Between the weeks commencing 14 September 2020 and 12 October 2020, following changes in the source data provided by non-NHS Wales Laboratories, there were issues with allocating testing data to different pathways. This has now been resolved and a permanent solution is in place which is reflected in the data from the week commencing 19 October 2020. The interim solution used by Public Health Wales during this period was robust, therefore the data is comparable.

In the week beginning 17 August 2020, we held back on publishing the turnaround times for tests processed in non-NHS Wales due to concerns with data quality. Upon further investigation, the issue was not one of data quality but the result of procedural changes in the UK test lab programme. This has resulted in the proportion of samples from the organisation portal and home tests authorised within one calendar day in the last two weeks being considerably lower than previous weeks.

Some pilot test events to experiment with allowing audiences to return to live events require the individuals present to have a negative PCR test within the 5 days prior to the event. From 10 May 2021, tests taken by Welsh residents attending either a Welsh pilot event or an English pilot event are included in this data.

General description

The weekly total number of COVID-19 tests authorised in a NHS Wales / non-NHS laboratory by location.

Frequency of publication

Weekly

Keywords

COVID-19, Coronavirus, Testing