09 March 2022
The referral deadline for Islanders seeking blood tests for PFAS has been extended until Wednesday 6 April.
The extension is due to changes to the referral form following feedback from Islanders. The form has since been rewritten and has meant that the extended deadline will ensure everyone who would like a referral has enough time to ask their GP.
The revised deadline in April will push back the dates of receiving blood tests and results to June and August respectively.
Islanders are reminded that they need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for testing and must have:
- lived in the historical plume area for more than 1 year, or worked in the area for more than 2 years, between 1991 and 2006, and
- regularly consumed water from a borehole in the area, and
- at least one symptom that is consistent with the health concerns that may be related to PFOS, and
- obtain a GP referral for testing, signed and dated by the resident and the GP.
These blood tests are designed to identify a range of PFAS compounds including PFOS and PFOA.
Testing is free of charge and includes up to two GP appointments funded by the Government. Eligible Islanders are asked to contact their GP to arrange an appointment to discuss referral.