The current spiking COVID numbers and rush for testing has been a challenging time for the team at Capital Pathology Bega.
While the recent flooding event saw the drive through clinic temporarily relocate to the South East Regional Hospital, on Sunday, January 2, it returned to the Old Bega Racecourse with the causeways again passable.
Michelle Spindler from Capital's Bega lab said they were collecting on average more than 300 samples every day of late, given the influx of tourists and COVID numbers skyrocketing around the state.
She said they have on occasion had to turn people away and close the line of traffic awaiting a test because those numbers are at capacity.
However, despite the demand, Ms Spindler said there had been no instances of irate people or abuse of the pathologists such as has been reported elsewhere, for which she and the team were very thankful.
"We all really appreciate the wonderful nature and attitude of everyone coming for testing," she said.
"This is a wonderful community and we've been fortunate that people have all been courteous. It makes a tough job much easier.
"We've even had offers of icy poles and coffees," she added with a laugh, although noting that offers of people returning with treats were discouraged given the demands on the traffic queue already.
On Sunday the temperature hit 35 degrees - particularly unpleasant for the Bega clinic staff in their essential PPE of plastic gowns, goggles, mask and gloves.
Ms Spindler said a couple of team members suffered heat stroke on the day despite keeping well hydrated.
Thankfully the access to the drive through clinic via shady Jacksonia Grove provides relief for those waiting their turn.
"I am really proud of the whole team, working in such tough circumstances," Ms Spindler said.
"As you can imagine, it's not the most desirable job to do, out in those conditions.
"It shows their dedication to the local community - and then to have the community's support, we're very appreciative."
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