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NHS officials have asked counterparts in Ireland to test Covid samples in Irish laboratories

NHS officials have asked counterparts in Ireland to test Covid samples in Irish laboratories

A Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) spokesman confirmed it had been seeking extra lab capacity for testing “including laboratories at home or abroad”.” Many people have complained about the lack of availability of drive-in tests, which has brought on by a shortage of testing capacity in labs.“This includes using additional lab capacity ahead of new lighthouse laboratories coming online, including laboratories at home or abroad.Some people with suspected Covid-19 have been told to travel as far as 300 miles to a drive-in test station and test results have taken up to a week to be returned in some cases.

NHS officials asked counterparts in Ireland to test Covid samples in Irish laboratories this week, as England and Wales struggle to meet demand.The move affects Wales as it is relying on the UK Government’s Lighthouse laboratories for much of the assessment of Covid test samples – specifically drive-in tests.

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