Covid 19 Testing

Coronavirus testing issues in Staffordshire

Residents seeking a coronavirus test are being directed to centres many miles away from Staffordshire – but community leaders say local facilities are not being used or promoted.

Covid-19 testing centres have been set up in towns including Leek and Cannock, councillors have heard at meetings this week. But people trying to book tests through the national system have reported being unable to access appointments within Staffordshire or Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire County Council’s director of health and care Dr Richard Harling has said there are national issues with the testing system – and advice has been given by Government not to direct people to local centres.