Coronavirus checks: Bolton NHS Trust plea as 100 flip up at A&E

Coronavirus tests: Bolton NHS Trust plea as 100 turn up at A&E


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picture captionTest centres in Bolton have seen lengthy queues as folks attempt to get examined

More than 100 folks turned up at an A&E asking for Covid-19 checks, sparking a plea from a hospital belief for anybody who just isn’t severely sick to remain away.

Bolton NHS Trust mentioned dozens of individuals went to Royal Bolton Hospital as a result of they may not get into take a look at centres.

The belief’s chairwoman mentioned it confirmed NHS Test and Trace was “failing” however the authorities insists it’s “working”.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham mentioned police and firefighters might quickly be used as contact tracers.

It would supply extra “rigour” to the nationwide system, he mentioned.

Bolton has the very best an infection charge in England with 196 circumstances per 100,000 folks recorded on Saturday.

The whole variety of circumstances rose from 401 on 5 September to 564 per week later.

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picture captionThe authorities mentioned individuals who weren’t eligible have been requesting checks

The belief’s medical director Dr Francis Andrews, mentioned folks ought to solely go to hospital if they’re “extremely unwell or referred by your GP”.

“We are extremely busy in our emergency department as a result of this increase,” he mentioned.

“Only attend this department if you have experienced a life-threatening accident or illness and need urgent medical attention.”

Chairwoman Prof Donna Hall mentioned the federal government’s method was “failing”.

Prof Hall mentioned the state of affairs now was totally different to March after they had further employees drafted in and weren’t anticipated to proceed with deliberate operations.

“This failure of the test-and-trace system is placing huge pressure on the NHS and social care,” she mentioned.

“We had 100 folks in our accident and emergency unit.

“We’ve now obtained 30 people who find themselves Covid-positive and we have got 5 folks in our high-dependency unit so this virus just isn’t going away.

“I’ve felt that there has been a real lack of a cohesive strategy for the whole containment of Covid-19 and for test and trace.”

Lancashire’s director of public well being mentioned the system was at “breaking point” and was “compromising our ability to stop the transmission”.

‘Not sustainable’

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi mentioned it was “beyond frustrating”, including: “The problem is lab capability.

“We have our personal group testing websites and have been doing about 200 checks a day – [on Tuesday] we did 1,639 checks. We cannot go on like this.”

Bolton Council said a test centre had been due to open on Saturday at the Last Drop Village Hotel, in response to the growing number of cases, but was delayed when “an exterior enterprise” failed to show up.

A spokesman mentioned though the delay had been “out of our fingers”, the authority was “working with the federal government and their companions to search out out what has occurred”.

Mr Burnham said 46% of named contacts were not being traced in Greater Manchester.

He said 100 police community support officers (PCSOs) and 100 fire officers would set up a unit to help contact people not being reached.

“It cannot be the case going forwards that we fail to repair take a look at, hint and isolate and simply introduce blanket restrictions. I do not suppose folks will settle for that,” he mentioned.

“We suppose extra rigour in touch tracing, high quality contact with folks and assist to self isolate would assist enhance the system.”

Powers to herald “focused” restrictions, like changing a specific pub or supermarket’s opening hours, are also being sought, Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes added.

Steve Rumbelow, the chief executive at nearby Rochdale Council, told the

Local Democracy Reporting Service there had been a “noticeable change” in people’s behaviour across Greater Manchester and the testing system was in “meltdown”.

He mentioned it was “largely” as a result of folks have been unable to get examined.

“It’s not large numbers, I do not need to over-egg it, however [it] signifies that persons are beginning to get involved,” he mentioned.

“Test and hint is just about in meltdown.

“It’s a major concern, and the way tests are being rationed is just not sustainable for containing the virus effectively going forward.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman mentioned NHS Test and Trace was “working”, including the system was “processing a million tests a week, but we are seeing significant demand for tests, including from people who do not have symptoms and are not otherwise eligible”.

He mentioned anybody with an appointment wouldn’t be turned away, and new reserving slots and residential testing kits have been being made obtainable day by day.

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