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Coronavirus: Laboratories

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 69539, tabled on 6 July 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent estimate he has made of the average time taken for results to be returned from covid-19 tests conducted at Lighthouse Labs.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

18 August 2020

Results on turnaround times for test results are published weekly on GOV.UK. In the new network of diagnostic testing infrastructure between 23 July to 29 July:

- 97.4% of tests results from regional test sites were returned the day after the test was taken, with 76.5% in under 24 hours;

- 96.8% of test results from mobile testing units were returned the day after the test was taken, with 80.2% in under 24 hours; and

- 74.7% of satellite test results were returned under 48 hours of the test being taken

- home tests take time to be posted to a person and be couriered back to the lab. Because of this a low proportion of test results will be available within 24 hours of the test being taken. 72.2% of home test results were received within 48 hours of the test being taken.

Answered by

Department of Health and Social Care
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