Soite expands the coro­n­avirus test­ing to the health care cen­tres — Soite has now its own test­ing appa­ra­tus at the cen­tral hospital

Cen­tral Ostro­both­nia Joint Munic­i­pal Author­i­ty for Social and Health Ser­vices Soite expands coro­n­avirus test­ing to the infec­tion units at Kan­nus and Tunkkari health care cen­tres as of this week. Hav­ing a test­ing appa­ra­tus at the cen­tral hos­pi­tal will speed up the test­ing process and makes it pos­si­ble to increase the num­ber of tests.

The Finnish Insti­tute for Health and Wel­fare THL pub­lished new guide­lines on coro­n­avirus test­ing on 15th of April 2020.  The coro­n­avirus tests will expand in Soite in accor­dance with the strat­e­gy by the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health. Accord­ing to the new guide­lines, fol­low­ing per­sons should from now on be referred to tests:

  • all patients in primary and specialised health care who have symptoms that could indicate a coronavirus infection, or when there is, based on an assessment by a doctor, a justified reason to suspect a coronavirus infection.
  • social and health care personnel and other essential workers if it is suspected they have an infection

Soite expands coro­n­avirus test­ing and starts to do tests in the infec­tion units at Veteli and Kan­nus health care cen­tres. Tests con­tin­ue to be done in Kokko­la on the coro­n­avirus clin­ic, in the com­mon emer­gency clin­ic and the pae­di­atric emer­gency clinic.

From now on, all patients with a cold who need to come to a recep­tion are treat­ed in an infec­tion unit. In Kokko­la, these patients are treat­ed on the coro­n­avirus clin­ic, and patients out­side Kokko­la are treat­ed in infec­tion units in Kan­nus and Veteli (Tunkkari). Those who live in Kru­unupyy are treat­ed either in Kokko­la or in Veteli (Tunkkari). If self-care is enough, one can stay at home and test­ing is not needed.

Työ­plus will also start to do coro­n­avirus test­ing. Empoly­ees in Soite who are sus­pect­ed of hav­ing a coro­n­avirus infec­tion are referred to Työplus.

Soite’s own test­ing appa­ra­tus speeds up the diag­nos­tic process.

Soite has start­ed using its own test­ing appa­ra­tus to test patients for the coro­n­avirus. The appa­ra­tus that is now in the lab­o­ra­to­ry in Kokko­la will com­ple­ment the test­ing capac­i­ty in Nord­Lab. A few dozen tests can be analysed with the new test­ing appa­ra­tus per day, and the results are ready with­in a few hours.

Soite will pri­mar­i­ly use its test­ing appa­ra­tus to analyse urgent cas­es. Soite will then quick­ly have the infor­ma­tion on whether e.g. a patient who has come to the emer­gency clin­ic needs to be iso­lat­ed or if the per­son­nel who cares for him/her needs to use all pro­tec­tive gear. Quick diag­nos­tics will also speed up the work on ward 9, which func­tions as a coro­n­avirus sort­ing ward.

In addi­tion to its own diag­nos­tics, Soite will con­tin­ue to send tests to NordLab’s lab­o­ra­to­ries for analy­sis. The results from Nord­Lab come with­in a day.

Soite has done a few dozen coro­n­avirus tests a day and the num­ber will increase in accor­dance with the new guidelines.

The goal is, in accor­dance to the strat­e­gy by the Min­istry of Social Affairs and Health to:

  • prevent the epidemic from spreading, to protect at-risk groups and to make sure there is enough essential personnel and that the health care system is able to bear the load
  • to effectively trace the chains of infection
  • to get as exact a picture of the of the epidemic as possible, so that the information can be used to assess the necessity of restrictions, their proportions and their length.  

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