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NHS Covid testing - has anyone managed to book one?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by James Evans, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Trying to book one for our son who has a temperature, and general cold symptoms. More than likely just a back to school cold but want to be on the safe side. Got through the test booking process up to the last screen which showed location, date, time for the test, clicked "save and continue" and was taken back to the NHS covid info screen. No confirmation text, email, or screen.

    So, I have no idea if it is actually booked. Do we drive for the best part of an hour to get there and find there's no test for him? Any way to actually find out if it did succeed?

  2. bigjonny

    bigjonny pfm Member

    I read today that there’s a “walk in” in Birkenhead, google may have the details.
  3. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

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  4. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Thanks, there's a walk in 5 mins down the road actually, but I had assumed it was appt only. When I google the Huyton center we are supposed to be booked into nothing comes up re covid testing.

    I'll stroll down to the walk in test centre here in the morning before we're supposed to head off. You never know, they may actually have access to a central database of bookings that can actually confirm whether it went through, but I won't hold my breath...
  5. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Thanks, yes, that's what I figure, but I feel like for the sake of us, his classmates and teachers we ought to have him tested. It is really most likely just a cold, but you just never know.

    What I'm wondering is, has anyone actually managed to successfully book a test, and if so, what does the confirmation look like, if there is one at all? Ie, did our booking actually go through, or fail at the last hurdle.
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  6. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

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  7. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Yes, absolutely. Everyone with a child with a temperature is being advised to get a test. That's going to be a lot of tests.
  8. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

    Cold symptoms are not the symptoms of Cov19. Whilst I sympathise with James I'm also aware that it is virtually impossible to get a test in the UK right now, and when I ask myself why I find it pretty easy to come up with an answer.
  9. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Indeed, and his school will no doubt say anyone with anything vaguely resembling a symptom is not to come in for 5 days.
  10. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Yes I tried but the software was rubbish and it kept crashing. I rang 111 and they sorted it. I got an email confirmation. It took four days for me to get the result. That was about three weeks ago, less.
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  11. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    Idiotic post ignoring the utter incompetence of the booking system.
    Just do a google for heavens sake man and find out about centres supposedly full yet staff say are virtually empty.
  12. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Yes, nevertheless the official advice is that he should get the child tested.
  13. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    OK, so it looks like the test booking failed then. I'll walk down to the walk in centre in the morning and see, and failing that, ring 111
  14. wyjsar

    wyjsar Nothing but heart

    Aw yeah, anecdotal evidence, go for it. Google is your friend, no doubt you trust all of the top sites and stories it comes up with.
  15. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    Absolutely disgraceful state of affairs. I've just watched the channel 4 news about it and it has made me angry.

    I wish your son well.
  16. garyi

    garyi leave blank

    There is little point sniping at each other here, what is clear is the system is in melt down, and that blonde haired goon at the top hasn't got a clue.
  17. Seanm

    Seanm pfm Member

    No reason to believe that’s why no-one can get a test other than that’s Hancock’s line: reports suggest the real problem is poor organisational and staffing practices.

    What makes you think you know better than the government’s own website, by the way, which advises you get a test for one or more of three symptoms, including a high temperature?

    Bad tempered bad advice.
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  18. Rodrat

    Rodrat pfm Member

    Hancock lying through his teeth as usual but the Tories tend to keep incompetents in place for some reason that escapes me.
  19. James Evans

    James Evans Bedroom Bodger

    Well would you Adam and Eve it, just managed to actually book and confirm a test at the local, yes, local 5 min walk, walk through testing site using the online system. It must be broken or something.
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  20. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    No luck here. One MP is advising just to turn up at the walk-in centre but first you need to know the opening hours, which vary, and be well enough to get there, of course.

    My daughter's got a high temperature, persistent cough and a headache, plus a runny nose and sneezing. I'm just hoping it's a cold but how could anyone possibly know without a test.

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