COVID Testing failure effects South WEst

This morning the Government announced that NHS Test and Trace have suspended testing by Immensa Health Clinic. This follows an investigation into results from the Laboratory. There were reports of people receiving negative PCR test results after testing positive on a Lateral Flow Device (LFD).

NHS Test and Trace estimate that around 43,000 people may have been given incorrect negative PCR test results. These were for tests between 8 September and 12 October. Most people with incorrect results are from the South West of England. Government insists this is an isolated incident attributed to one laboratory. All samples sent to the Immensa laboratory in Wolverhampton are now being redirected to other laboratories. 

NHS Test and Trace is contacting the people that could still be infectious to advise them to take another test. Close contacts who are symptomatic will also be advised to take a test in line with normal practice.  Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a PCR test. Those with a positive LFD test should get a follow up PCR test to confirm they have COVID-19.

Update from Somerset County Council

Somerset’s Public Health leaders are advising people to retest if they are still displaying Covid-19 symptoms. Even after receiving a negative PCR test result. The advice follows the suspension of a laboratory processing Covid-19 PCR tests.

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