A Sydney woman battling cancer was reduced to tears while she tried to get a Covid PCR test in time to receive life-saving treatment. 

Martine Dines, needed to receive a negative Covid-19 PCR test to be allowed to attend her chemotherapy appointment for breast cancer on Wednesday. 

Nurses advised Ms Dines go to a drive-thru testing clinic to limit her chances of being exposed to anyone who could be potentially infectious for hours on end. 

Martine Dines, (pictured) needed to receive a negative Covid-19 PCR test to have chemotherapy for breast cancer on Wednesday

Martine Dines, (pictured) needed to receive a negative Covid-19 PCR test to have chemotherapy for breast cancer on Wednesday

Martine Dines, (pictured) needed to receive a negative Covid-19 PCR test to have chemotherapy for breast cancer on Wednesday

After finding a clinic that was open on Boxing Day, Ms Dines was shocked to find the wait time for a test was around five hours long, opting to return on Monday.

Despite showing up two hours before the clinic opened there were still hundreds of cars in line, as residents flocked to clinics to get tested before travelling interstate.

Daily tests hit 130,000 to 160,000 a day, due to travel directives, with delays of up to five days in receiving test results. 

Ms Dines (pictured) was left distraught fearing she wouldn't get her result in time for her treatment

Ms Dines (pictured) was left distraught fearing she wouldn't get her result in time for her treatment

Ms Dines (pictured) was left distraught fearing she wouldn’t get her result in time for her treatment 

Ms Dines told Yahoo Australia the first person to line up at the clinic on Monday had arrived at 3am but the site didn’t open until 8am.

In tears fearing she would not receive her results on time, a nurse agreed to see her as a walk-in despite the clinic’s no walk-ins policy. 

Ms Dines said she was on the phone to oncology and emergency departments to try and explain the situation on Monday. 

A nurse had accepted Ms Dines as a walk-in after she was reduced to tears fortunately allowing her to receive her negative Covid-19 test in time (pictured, an Instagram post shared by Ms Dines on Wednesday)

A nurse had accepted Ms Dines as a walk-in after she was reduced to tears fortunately allowing her to receive her negative Covid-19 test in time (pictured, an Instagram post shared by Ms Dines on Wednesday)

A nurse had accepted Ms Dines as a walk-in after she was reduced to tears fortunately allowing her to receive her negative Covid-19 test in time (pictured, an Instagram post shared by Ms Dines on Wednesday)

‘I could tell they were under pressure, they were sympathising with me,’ she said.

‘But they were basically telling me what they’ve been told — that I can’t get treatments unless I have a negative Covid test. So that’s putting them under pressure as well.

‘Even the nurses at the testing clinic — they’re completely rundown, they’re exhausted. It’s not their fault.’

Ms Dines was able to access her Chemotherapy on Wednesday (pictured) after a desperate attempt to get PCR tested over the Christmas period

Ms Dines was able to access her Chemotherapy on Wednesday (pictured) after a desperate attempt to get PCR tested over the Christmas period

Ms Dines was able to access her Chemotherapy on Wednesday (pictured) after a desperate attempt to get PCR tested over the Christmas period

Fortunately Miss Dines received her negative result in time for her appointment but said she had been ‘one of the lucky ones’.

‘I am one of the lucky ones who got my test results back on time,’ she said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. 

‘Very conscious of those who don’t and won’t get be treated or have their surgery. [Prince of Wales Hospital] is definitely faster at getting results back.

‘Nurses there will pull you from the queue if you have medical reasons. Make sure you make yourself known to them.’

Premier Dominic Perrottet apologised for the current testing debacle which is seeing some results take five days or more to come back, while others are waiting hours to be swabbed.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience with those long queues,’ said Mr Perrottet on Wednesday. ‘I know there are substantial efforts have been that have been made.

Premier Dominic Perrottet apologised for the current testing debacle which saw long queues and five day delays in receiving Covid-19 results (pictured, residents flock to St Vincent's Drive Thru clinic at Bondi Beach on Monday)

Premier Dominic Perrottet apologised for the current testing debacle which saw long queues and five day delays in receiving Covid-19 results (pictured, residents flock to St Vincent's Drive Thru clinic at Bondi Beach on Monday)

Premier Dominic Perrottet apologised for the current testing debacle which saw long queues and five day delays in receiving Covid-19 results (pictured, residents flock to St Vincent’s Drive Thru clinic at Bondi Beach on Monday)

‘Rest assured we are doing everything we can to put downward pressure on those queues at right across right across the state. The system will improve.’

He hailed Queensland’s decision to relax their border restrictions and allow rapid antigen test results for travellers entering the state instead of PCR tests.

Up to a third of the 157,758 tests in the last 24 hours were for interstate travellers, which had helped clog up the testing system.

‘If you are traveling to Queensland from January 1, there is no reason and no need and you should not be in any of those queues for PCR testing,’ the premier said.

‘There are many people who are lining up in those queues who do not need to be there. You’re taking the place of somebody who needs to receive one of those PCR tests.’

NSW health minister Brad Hazzard added: ‘If you’re in a queue right now, get out of the queue. You don’t need to be there.’

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