Test? Only if you have a car

Submitted by AWL on 12 August, 2020 - 8:02 Author: A Solidarity reader in Bristol

After developing a cough, my housemate self-isolated, and tried to get tested. When self-referring in Bristol you are offered an on-the day test only if you say you have a car or van to travel in.

The testing centre is ten miles from the city centre. My housemate made up a car registration plate number, booked a test, drew the number on cardboard in marker pen, and cycled there. He was refused as not “in” his vehicle, so had to ask for the slower, less reliable, postal home-testing kit. The official reason for refusing is to reduce levels of infection to staff, but the policy makes people take taxis to get tested, with added risks. Walk-in testing centres are being run in some places. Quick testing shouldn’t depend on car ownership.

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