Silverdale resident Debbie Wright arrived at the Albany Popup Testing Center at North Harbor Stadium at 8.30am on Thursday.
However, The queues were already formed.And, after a ten-and-a-half-hour wait, Wright was contacted by a staff member who told him they were closing at 7 p.m., and going home.
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On Friday, Wright arrived at the center at 6 a.m., two hours before the testing crew arrived at 8 p.m. By 9.50am, they had three cars in front.
Despite the HealthPoint website, people have reported turning away from testing centers on foot: “Community testing centers are drive and walk-in.”
The Auckland Health Authority is urging anyone who wants to be tested at their GP, local practice or emergency care clinic to find out if they are available before going to a community testing center.
Many GPs are taking swabs, and some will take unregistered patients.
Leo Mack, who lives in AUT’s Akoranga Student Village, said he decided to take the cove test because one of his flat mates was “very ill” last week.
He also participated in Bar 101-a. Place of interest – On Saturday, with those who were also there on Friday, when the man with the cove visited.
Mack, an 18-year-old physiotherapy student, and two other villagers walked to the Northcote Testing Center on College Road because they did not have cars, but were told by site management to spread the word. That they are not testing walk-in
“If tests are done when people are in their cars, the risk of transmission is reduced,” he added.
Asked how he felt about online information being contradictory, Mack said it wasn’t good enough.
“We were expected to take at least one test. We were ready to wait. “
The Auckland Regional Public Health Service has been contacted for comment.
Since this group, AUT students have received tests at the medical center, and negative results have returned.
Paige Winery and his defensive 14-year-old son were standing at the St. Lucas site at 9 a.m. Thursday, thinking they had arrived on time.
But the couple waited all day and were not tested until 7.30pm – a 10-and-a-half hour wait.
Winry said his partner lives near Evandel College, and given the confirmed cases at school and the fact that he and his son have cold symptoms, he thought it would be better to get them tested.
When she arrived at the site, she was already waiting for some route on Main Road outside the testing site.
She and her son had only one bottle of water in the car.
“We didn’t talk to anyone until we took the test ourselves.
“No one spoke to us, no one gave us any indication of the waiting time, no one said, ‘Hey, do you need water’ because we couldn’t go and get anything.”
He said the experience was “disappointing” and his son had a “terrible cough” because it was difficult because he could not drink much water to calm his throat.
“As disgusting as it was, I started digging in my car closet to find things to run my nose into.”
The winery said it felt bad for those working on the site because it looked like only three people were sweeping.
He said more sites need to be made available – or more staff need to be put on the sites.
Indicating waiting times will also help, he added.
Thursday was “the busiest day ever” for testing in Auckland, the Northern Regional Health Communication Center said.
Approximately 24,000 brooms were swept – in 8,000 testing centers and 16,000 in general procedures and emergency care clinics.
“High demand means long queues at many Auckland testing centers.
“We want to thank the community for their incredible response and their patience while our teams work tirelessly to test everyone.”
Police are helping to regulate traffic flow at 13 testing centers on Friday, the statement said.
With long queues by noon, heavy demand was expected again.
People should be prepared to wait a while and stay calm.
“Please wear a mask, keep food and water with you, take a book to read or something to look at.”
An earlier statement from the NRHCC stated that some vaccination centers in the region were closed on Friday because of “increased demand” for staff. “
The Ministry of Health has been contacted for comment.