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Closures at Singleton testing facility extends by another week

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The 4Cyte COVID-19 testing facility at Alroy Oval in Singleton Heights will remain closed for another week.

The clinic closed their doors on January 3rd due to increase staffing pressures and was meant to reopen by January 9. 

According to 4Cyte Pathology, they will remain temporarily closed until further notice.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell said  there has been significant pressure and demands on private companies that have been running the drive through testing clinics.

"Despite our repeated requests, they have not had the resources to stand up the drive through clinics as we have done during the earlier outbreaks.

 "As a result we need to immediately reduce the demand on our testing facilities for urgent and critical health related cases," Mr Layzell said.

The weight of increase pressure has also been felt across hospitals in the Upper Hunter.

Currently, Singleton Hospital is offering COVID-19 tests by appointments only.

Muswellbrook Hospital operates weekdays from 9:30-11:30am, no appointments needed.

While Scone Hospital is operating by appointments only on weekdays from 10am-11am.

Mr Layzell said the shortages come at a time when staffing levels are already stretched due to the necessity to allow our hospital staff to spend time with their families over the holiday period.

"They are mentally and physically exhausted after working hard for the past 2 years keeping us safe.

"We cannot deny them the time to recharge themselves for the challenges ahead," Mr Layzell said.

To ease pressure on testing clinics, residents are encouraged to only get a PCR  test if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, are a household contact, have had a high or moderate risk exposure to COVID-19.

Locals are bit required to have a PCR test if they have a positive RAT Test.

To view COVID-19 clinics, head to https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/covid-19/Pages/clinics.aspx

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