Problems with national testing capacity
We are aware that many residents are having problems accessing the national NHS Test and Trace service for people displaying COVID-19 symptoms.
This is not just a local issue but is affecting all areas of the country.
As a local authority we have been asking for these issues to be resolved as quickly as possible.
The Director of testing at NHS Test and Trace, Sarah-Jane Marsh, has apologised to anyone who has been unable to access a COVID-19 test.
The testing sites do in fact have capacity, which is why they do not appear overcrowded, it is the laboratory processing that is causing delays due to the demand.
The NHS is doing all it can to expand the service as quickly as possible. We are also working with the national programme on setting up additional testing sites within Haringey to ensure residents can get tested locally.
An effective test and trace system is crucial in managing our response and reducing case numbers within our borough.
At present we have one mobile testing unit operating at Alexandra Palace, Hornsey Gate, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY.
Please note, you will need to book an appointment in advance, you will not be able to get a test by turning up.
To arrange a test call 119 or visit the testing website here (external link).
The dates for September are:
- Thursday 10th
- Sunday 13th
- Wednesday 16th
- Saturday 19th
- Tuesday 22nd
- Friday 25th
- Monday 28th
Another MTU is operating at Raynham Road Car Park in Enfield where a Covid-19 walk in test centre is operating for the foreseeable future.
You will also be required to book an appointment before having the test.
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