Covid-19: Patients are told not to attend A&E for tests as national service faltersBMJ 2020; 370 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m3622 (Published 17 September 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;370:m3622
- Emma Wilkinson
- Sheffield, UK
Several hospital emergency departments in England have given warnings to patients with symptoms of covid-19 seeking tests to stay away as the national test and trace system fails to meet an increase in demand.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust reported a large increase in patients attending emergency departments after being unable to get a covid-19 test, with 100 waiting to be seen at one point.
Donna Hall, chair of the trust, told The BMJ, “People are panicked. They have been trying for days to get a test and they see the hospital as a place of safety. This is happening at the same time as we’re trying to get our electives up to 90%. It’s a perfect …