The testing clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick has been forced to turn people away at Christmas as wait times blew out due to requirements for people to get a negative test before travelling or carrying symptoms.
Reportedly, the hospital couldn’t handle the rush of walk-ins and those who arrived early had a wait time of roughly five hours.
The Southern suburb’s regular drive-in clinics closed, adding stress to the only open testing centre.
Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker says the council allowed these centres to open seven days a week and on public holidays for as long as it takes.
Across the Harbour, the Royal North Shore Hospital at St Leonards had a wait time of two hours, with staff seen handing out water.