Increasing number of people attending A&Es seeking a COVID-19 test

16 September 2020

The deputy chief executive of NHS Providers, Saffron Cordery, said:

“Following the huge increase in demand for COVID-19 tests, trust leaders are concerned that current testing shortages are leading to an increasing number of people attending A&Es asking for a test.

“So far Bolton, Alder Hey and Plymouth have publicly announced that tests are not available from A&E.

“It’s clear there are severe capacity problems, but the public should still follow government guidance to apply for a test using the Test and Trace system.

“Anyone with coronavirus symptoms should seek to get a test either through a test site, or through a home test kit.

“If you are unable to book a test on the government website, use the helpline 119 for advice.

“If you cannot get a test, it is important to keep self-isolating to help reduce the spread of the virus. We must not undo the progress which has been made, and risk overwhelming NHS services.

“It is also important that the public continue to use A&E in an emergency and seek advice from NHS 111 on which services to access.”

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