Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news

MetiNews.Com - There has been a 'noticeable change' in people's behaviour against a backdrop of soaring infection rates and a testing system in 'meltdown'.

Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news

MetiNews.Com - There has been a 'noticeable change' in people's behaviour against a backdrop of soaring infection rates and a testing system in 'meltdown'.

Manchester news  'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news
16 September 2020 - 14:33

Breaking News ! A&E departments across Greater Manchester are seeing a 'significant' increase in the number of people turning up in search of a coronavirus test, a town hall boss has said. Steve Rumbelow, chief executive at Rochdale council, says there has been a 'noticeable change' in people’s behaviour against a backdrop of soaring infection rates and a testing system in 'meltdown'. The trend is beginning to put the NHS under added pressure. On Tuesday evening (September 15), Royal Bolton Hospital issued a desperate plea for residents to stop visiting its emergency department in an attempt to get tested. Bolton is currently the ‘coronavirus capital’ of the country - with infection rates recently soaring to more than 200 cases per 100,000 people. Read More Related Articles Bolton coronavirus infection rate soars to above 200 - the first area in UK to cross grim landmark Read More Related Articles 'We were winning, we were getting there... now we're in an utter shambles': People in Rochdale stopped from 'dropping in' at borough’s Covid testing centres Mr Rumbelow said it has become an issue across the region. He said: “We have seen, across Greater Manchester, a significant change in that we have not seen people turning up at A&E for some time, and they are turning up now, and it’s largely because they are not able to get tested. “It’s not massive numbers, I don’t want to over-egg it, but it’s obviously a significant change in terms of behaviour and indicates that people are starting to get concerned.” Steve Rumbelow, chief executive of Rochdale Council However, Mr Rumbelow - also accountable officer for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG - said the current situation could not continue if coronavirus was going to be brought under control.

. "It’s a major concern, and the way tests are being rationed is just not sustainable for containing the virus effectively going forward.” He added: “Everyone has said for a long time that an effective test, trace and isolate system was key to managing the virus. It’s not going to help when you start to see infection rates rise only to find the system has effectively fallen over - which it pretty much has. “If you can’t test, you can’t trace effectively and you can’t get people to isolate effectively and, on that, we need to offer people more support than we are currently if they can’t otherwise afford to do so.” Delays in processing tests are also understood to be hampering local authority efforts to support people who test positive and contain the spread of the virus. Mr Rumbelow said a rise in calls to the NHS 111 helpline was also being linked to problems with the testing system. “We are not certain but we think that’s to do with the testing system as well. People are trying 119 to get a test booked, but if they are not able to get a test booked are calling 111 to get some advice,” he said. “It’s an emerging picture, the system is in very bad shape at the moment- we need a solution and fast. We need it fixing.”

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Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news


Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news


Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news


Manchester news 'Significant' increase in people turning up at A&E wanting a coronavirus test Manchester united news

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