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Statement following UK Health Security Agency announcement regarding UK Lab

Published: 15 October 2021

Dr Meng Khaw, National Director for Health Protection and Screening Services for Public Health Wales said:

“Public Health Wales is aware of an issue with PCR test results from a UK Lab which processes samples from across the UK, including some from Wales. 

“We can confirm that we have not identified issues with our own PCR testing results.

“We recognise that a false negative PCR result will have an impact on people affected.  People who have been affected by this issue will receive a text message from the GOVUK NHS Test & Trace messaging service. 

“If you receive a text message advising you to be re-tested, we strongly recommend that you book a new PCR test. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms should book a PCR test as soon as possible, stay at home and self-isolate until they have a test result.” 

More information is available on the Welsh Government website.
Note: This story was amended on 18 October to remove the word ‘Lighthouse’, as the affected UK lab was not a part of the UK Lighthouse Lab network.