The Morning Show host Kylie Gillies has slammed the length of COVID-19 testing lines in NSW, calling them “ridiculous”.
The TV star took to her Instagram account to document her niece’s waiting time in one queue in particular, posting footage of the long line of people waiting to be tested on Boxing Day.
“My niece needs a negative test to return to Queensland,” she wrote on her Instagram stories.
She revealed her niece arrived at the testing centre at 7:30am and one hour and 20 minutes later, she was still “nowhere close”.
“This is a ridiculous situation. The Poor health workers,” Kylie wrote.
In another photo, Kylie showed her niece queuing beside an ad for a Clarins anti-ageing serum, writing: “Been in queue so long, totally needing the anti-ageing serum at next door pharmacy.”
It took Kylie’s niece two hours from start to finish to finally get tested.
“Huge thanks to health workers having to work on Boxing Day. Now the wait begins,” Kylie wrote.
NSW testing centres have seen queues stretching miles and wait times of hours in some places.
On Boxing Day, it was revealed Sydney's St Vincent's hospital has been forced to chase down hundreds of people after it sent more than 400 incorrect negative COVID-19 results on Christmas Day.
The results pertained to tests taken on Wednesday and Thursday.
Testing labs across the state are under pressure due to high demand with an average of about 145,000 swabs a day over the past week.
Daily tests eclipsed 160,000 a day in the lead up the Christmas, around double to what it was a fortnight earlier.
NSW premier and health minister warned of the impact of "tourist tests" clogging up resources on the state's system.
"Tourism tests are putting substantial pressure on the system," Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Sunday.
"That's just not long queues, it's slowing down the turnaround time for NSW Health to be able to process those tests and get that information back to people who may be unwell or have COVID."
With additional reporting by AAP
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