Interpretation of ABNORMAL pcr test results

Yn disgwyl am adolygiad mewnol gan Public Health Scotland o'u triniaeth o'r cais hwn.

Dear Public Health Scotland

Good afternoon

I recently got a copy of my pcr covid test results from gp, as did friends and family members. Our gps were unable to interpret or explain them to us so I'm asking for your help in doing this. For data protection reasons I am unable to attach a photo but below is how it reads.

**ABNORMAL**
Biohazard:
Unspecified
SPECIMEN: Throat and nose swab P
Filed Abn Value Unit Range Status
(*ES
CT1
299
074) Y Y
2019-nCov
(novel coronavirus)
detected

(*ES
CT1
299
074) OR NK Y
2019-nCov
(novel coronavirus)
detected
-SARS-CoV-2 Positive by PCR
-Sample taken at EKK and analysed in the National Lighthouse Laboratory.

For clarification the 1st result has the letter Y under Abn column, and the letter Y under status. The 2nd result has the letters OR under Abn column and the letters NK Y under the status column.

1. Why does the print out of results shows two results from 1 sample?
2. Why does 1st result read Y under Abn column and the 2nd, OR?
3. What does Y mean in Abn column? What does OR mean?
4. What does NK Y in status column mean for second result?
5. Why is the biohazard unspecified?

If you, like my gp are unable to provide the information above that I request please advise and provide contact details of who is responsible in Scotland for interpreting these results and can provide this information requested?

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

Dear Public Health Scotland,

I have yet to receive acknowledgement of this request?

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

Dear Public Health Scotland,

Hoping I'm still going to get a reply in 20 days even though you yet to acknowledge receipt of my request for information?

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

phs foi, Public Health Scotland

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Simpson

 

Following an initial check on network folders I can see that the PHS
corporate FOI team  has sent out at least two acknowledgements to you, in
recent weeks to the WhatDoThey Know platform.

One under ref 2021-000951 on 29 September, one under ref 2021-000945 on 27
September

 

The corporate FOI team email address is [email address].

 

On an initial check there is not to date, any ‘failure to deliver' or
'error receipts’ received back in to the mailbox operate to indicate that
these were not successfully delivered.

 

Although we would be happy to attempt to send an email on to you once
again, I would also request that you consider providing an alternative
contact address.

 

An alternative contact email address may assist to enable future
correspondence to reach you in a timely manner. Also, it may assist to
avoid any repeat experience of difficulty in terms of successful delivery.
The public WhatDoTheyKnow platform is not one that PHS can assist further
in regarding providing any technical advice or assurance around how it
handles records in and out of it.

 

Kind regards

Saba AL Salahy

 

 

Saba ALSalahy | FOI Coordinator

Public Health Scotland

Email: [1][email address]

[2]Public Health Scotland logo

[3]Web | [4]Twitter | [5]Instagram

 

 

 

 

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear phs foi,

Thanks for your reply. I have had no issues using the email address I use to receive replies. I'm not sure what has happened, but as long as you have received it, I'm happy with this and look forward to a reply.

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

Dear phs foi,

With the previous issue of not receiving your replies, and today being 20 days since my request, I am just checking that you haven't responded?and there has been an issue with me receiving your reply?

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

phs foi, Public Health Scotland

6 Atodiad

Dear Miss G Simpson,

Kindly find copy of responses FOI 2021-000945 and FOI 2021-000951 had been sent to you on 13 and 20 October 2021 Wednesday.

Best regards,
Saba

Saba ALSalahy | FOI Coordinator
Public Health Scotland
Email: [email address]

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear phs foi,

Thanks for your reply but by tere seems to be some cross over or mix up in the responses?

You have attached responses to other requests I have made and have not provided a response to the information I have requested in this request regarding pcr results?

This is confusing? And not acceptable. I want the information I requested regarding Pcr results without delay, and for attachments enclosed in this email thread as responses, to be resend and attached to the original request email threads. For urgent attention this is what information I requested in this thread. .
I recently got a copy of my pcr covid test results from gp, as did friends and family members. Our gps were unable to interpret or explain them to us so I'm asking for your help in doing this. For data protection reasons I am unable to attach a photo but below is how it reads.

**ABNORMAL**
Biohazard:
Unspecified
SPECIMEN: Throat and nose swab P
Filed Abn Value Unit Range Status
(*ES
CT1
299
074) Y Y
2019-nCov
(novel coronavirus)
detected

(*ES
CT1
299
074) OR NK Y
2019-nCov
(novel coronavirus)
detected
-SARS-CoV-2 Positive by PCR
-Sample taken at EKK and analysed in the National Lighthouse Laboratory.

For clarification the 1st result has the letter Y under Abn column, and the letter Y under status. The 2nd result has the letters OR under Abn column and the letters NK Y under the status column.

1. Why does the print out of results shows two results from 1 sample?
2. Why does 1st result read Y under Abn column and the 2nd, OR?
3. What does Y mean in Abn column? What does OR mean?
4. What does NK Y in status column mean for second result?
5. Why is the biohazard unspecified?

If you, like my gp are unable to provide the information above that I request please advise and provide contact details of who is responsible in Scotland for interpreting these results and can provide this information requested?

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

phs foi, Public Health Scotland

Dear Miss G Simpson,

Thank you for your email of 23 October.

In a previous communication you indicated that you had not received responses to your two most recent FOI requests, therefore we replied to you with copies of those responses for completeness.

In your most recent email you state that "...You have attached responses to other requests I have made and have not provided a response to the information I have requested in this request regarding pcr results?..."

We would be grateful if you could advise whether you believe you have not been provided with a response to FOIs you have previously submitted, or whether you would like Public Health Scotland (PHS) to consider your most recent email as a fresh FOI request. PHS will not have provided a response to the information you have requested in your most recent email regarding pcr results as it was only included in your email of 23 October.

Please be aware that we are very keen to help provide you with information in response to FOI requests. To aid this, we would be grateful if you could clarify the points outlined above. We would also be happy to speak with you directly to help resolve this matter, please let us know by way of response if this would be useful to you and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Regards

Corporate FOI Team

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Dear phs foi,

There seems to be some confusion. I'm assuming you are able to see the full text of this request? Here is link https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Usually I receive an email advising me it's received. I hadn't received a response in regards to this request this is why I prompted you. You then replied to advise that you had sent response to receiving the two requests mentioned in your reply. The fact you had responded on the thread for the Abnormal PCR result information made me believe you must have received it in the first place. Otherwise you couldn't reply on that thread?

I'd appreciate if the two attachments you responded to in this request can be sent again attached to the original requests and I get an immediate response to the Abnormal PCR result request that was originally sent on 22 September therefore is well overdue?
I can't see or understand why you wouldn't have received this request?

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

Dear phs foi,

Again for an unknown reason I have not had an acknowledgement of the delivery of my latest response? Therefore I am checking you have received?, and for a date of when I will receive a reply to this request for information in regard to the interpretation of a positive pcr test?

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

Dear Public Health Scotland,

Please urgently pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an URGENT internal review of Public Health Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Interpretation of ABNORMAL pcr test results'.

PHS have failed to respond to my request for information in the timescale required by law.
Instead of sending me information and a response to this request, I was sent information regarding other requests I have made to PHS.
I have replied to this and asked PHS to put it right, by sending me the original information I requested on this thread immediately due to it being over the 20 days, and to resend the responses to my other requests attached to the original requests made.

I have been ignored and have had no response. This is unacceptable.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

I would appreciate a quick reply to confirm you have received this, and for me to be provided with the information I requested on 22nd September within 5 days.

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson

phs foi, Public Health Scotland

Dear Miss G Simpson,

I am afraid we do not hold a record of the request of 22 September, however we are able to advise you contact National Laboratories Programme who may be able to assist further with explaining the results coding. They can be contacted via [email address] and their website is www.labs.scot.nhs.uk

The Scottish Microbiology and Virology Network website also contains relevant information and can be found at: https://www.smvn.scot.nhs.uk/shared-serv...

We hope this is helpful to you.

Regards

Corporate Freedom of Information Team
Public Health Scotland

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Dear phs foi,

Thanks for eventually getting back to me.

Please advise why has it taken until now for you to reply and advise you hadnt received this request?, when a number of correspondence had followed containing the full link?

I have previously emailed the lighthouse lab in Glasgow after my gp was unable to interpret the results, who advised
'The lab doesn’t do the reporting, so they cannot provide further details.'

Therefore emailing the lab has already been done and they were unable to provide the information, this is why I then requested it from public health Scotland, who should know who is responsible for, and able to provide the information for interpretating these results? Or if not, know of someone or body who does know who this person or body is?

The link you supplied to labs is blank? Only seeing NHS logo when opening? So doesn't provide information requested. The Scottish Microbiology and Virology Network website link also does not provide the information I have requested.

I have now exhausted all avenues of how to get this information without success. Therefore as the body responsible for public health in Scotland, I ask you to assist me, and search a little further for this information.

Rather than providing links and email addresses of those you think may have this information im asking you to identify the actual person or body who is responsible and able to provide this information?, and to either send my request direct to them? or provide me with the actual true email address of this person or body for me to contact direct?

Yours sincerely,

Miss G Simpson

Dear Public Health Scotland,

Please pass this on urgently to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Public Health Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Interpretation of ABNORMAL pcr test results'.

This is the 2nd time I have asked for an internal review which I've never received a response to the 1st. I will be contacting ICO if you, do not provide me with the information I requested on 22nd September, or details of the public health body or person who can provide, what should be freely available informationthat I requested on 22nd September, by Friday 26th Nov 2021.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/in...

Yours faithfully,

Miss G Simpson