A furious father has slammed the lack of Covid-19 home testing kits for his sick daughter.
Andy Thompson’s six-year-old daughter is home from school with a continuous cough – he has been unable to get a home test.
Speaking to the Press Association the 38-year-old, from Crewe, said the nearest test centre available was in Oldham – a hundred mile round trip.
Andy, a technical manager, said: “It’s an absolute shambles. No home tests available. And now the nearest test centre is Oldham, a 100-mile round-trip with a sick child.
“I didn’t realise how bad it is. If you haven’t got a car, no way you’re getting tested.
“And if you aren’t computer literate, don’t bother as the phone line is useless. I’ve tried every option to speak to someone and it just hangs up saying call back later they are busy.”
He said his daughter became sick only two days after returning to primary school and was now unable to go back until she had a negative test or had quarantined.
Mr Thompson added that he also has “bad asthma” so is worried about catching the virus.
“Until today I didn’t realise how badly the Government are handling it,” he added.
Sarah-Jane Marsh, one of the experts on the Government’s coronavirus test and trace team, has apologised to people struggling to get a test as the system struggles to cope with demand.
In a tweet, she said: “Can I please offer my heartfelt apologies to anyone who cannot get a Covid test at present.
“All of our testing sites have capacity, which is why they don’t look overcrowded, its our laboratory processing that is the critical pinch-point.
“We are doing all we can to expand quickly.”