Some NHS staff with Covid-19 in areas affected by the worst coronavirus in Wales were given incorrect test results and said that they had tested negative for Covid-19.
A total of 10 samples from 96 were erroneously attributed to the wrong individual.
Of the 10 cases, eight were related to health workers from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Council area, and two from other places in Wales.
Information such as how many have Covid-19 and were told that they have been declared negative, or vice versa, have not been disclosed.
The health board – which includes Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Newport, Torfaen and Monmouthshire – has seen the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Wales.
Public Health Wales said the error was identified “within a few hours”, while the health council said the affected staff member was contacted “immediately” and had taken action to prevent further errors.
A spokesman said: “Since March 14 we have carried out around 1,600 staff tests.
“As part of our checking process, we identified a local transcript problem with eight test results that caused us to give staff members the wrong results.
“Staff were immediately contacted and the health council has carried out a detailed review of all staff tests and took action to eliminate further risks from rewriting errors.”
Public Health Wales said there was no damage caused to the individual concerned.
A spokeswoman said: “During the process of bringing the new Covid-19 testing platform in the laboratory, 10 samples from batch 96 were erroneously attributed to the wrong individual.
“The quality inspection process ensures that errors are identified within a few hours, and the samples are retested to get the correct results communicated to the doctor requesting the test.
“Of the 10 cases, eight are related to health workers from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Council area, and two from other places in Wales.
“Wales Public Health is acting quickly to establish the facts and can confirm that no harm has occurred to the individual concerned. Following the existing protocol, the incident was reported to the Head of Health Officer.
“We continue to review our systems and processes to ensure that such incidents do not occur again. We continue to have full confidence in the testing process, and laboratory staff carry out testing procedures. “
Gwent is the area hardest hit in Wales this week’s numbers shows that Newport has the highest number of incidents per 100,000 people in the United Kingdom – with more than 277 diagnosed cases per 100,000 population.
Wales’ Covid-19 the death toll has now reached 212, with Wales Public Health confirming 19 further deaths on Tuesday (7 April).
There are now 3,790 confirmed cases in Wales, including 291 new Covid-19 cases announced Tuesday, Public Health Wales said.
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