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A community coronavirus testing centre is to be set up in West Norfolk over the next few days, health chiefs have revealed today.

The announcement follows claims that care home staff from this area were being told to travel as far away as Stansted in order to be tested.

The exact location of the centre has not yet been revealed.

Health chiefs have denied claims West Norfolk care staff are being told to travel to this centre at Stansted Airport to be tested for coronavirus.
Health chiefs have denied claims West Norfolk care staff are being told to travel to this centre at Stansted Airport to be tested for coronavirus.

But the Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group said it was intended to complement existing facilities in other parts of the county.

The group said: "We are establishing a community testing centre in King’s Lynn next week, complementing the drive-through community sites at Norwich and in Great Yarmouth and Waveney.

In addition there is testing already in operation for patients and hospital staff within hospitals."

The announcement came after county councillor Alexandra Kemp claimed a care home manager in the Lynn area had told her of the Stansted advice.

She claimed such an approach would break the lockdown rules and called it "completely unacceptable, inequitable and downright dangerous."

The CCG said: "Regional centres have been established at Stansted and near Ipswich but we do not expect care staff from Norfolk and Waveney to travel to those as we are establishing local provision.

“There has been testing of care home staff ‘on request’ since last week. Care homes are being written to in the next 48 hours with instructions to refer staff in for testing. This is not a ‘turn up and be tested’ service, it requires pre-booking.

“We are already testing residents in care homes where we have been asked to do so by Public Health England, and we are rapidly mobilising a proactive care home resident testing service this week.”



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