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Barrow MP steps in with advice for schools on coronavirus testing

Written by on 11th September 2020

Barrow MP steps in with advice for schools on coronavirus testing

BARROW MP Simon Fell has written to headteachers across the constituency with advice for parents about the correct procedures to follow if their children have coronavirus symptoms. Mr Fell contacted heads after unhelpful and misleading posts had been circulated on social media, directing parents to turn up to FGH for a test, without an appointment.

To help in the fight against the illness Simon has been working alongside the Director of Public Health, Colin Cox, the Department of Health and Social Care, UHMBT NHS trust, and the local commissioning group in an effort to quickly and effectively raise local testing capacity.

He said: “I am extremely grateful to Mr Cox and his team who, alongside the local NHS trust, have been working hard to find a suitable solution to this issue.

“As a result of this group effort our local NHS trust is able to offer tests in Barrow to symptomatic children over the age of four.”

If children are showing symptoms their parents should book a test through the NHS website or by calling 119.

If this is not successful, for instance if they are directed to take a test far outside of the local area parents should contact their child’s school who will call the local Covid-19 Call Centre (CCC).

The CCC will then take the parent and child’s details, which will be passed to the local NHS trust’s COVID-19 tactical team who will contact them directly to arrange a drive-through test. This will be at either Furness General Hospital or Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

On Friday, the local MP visited three schools in the constituency to hear about how the return to school has gone, and how schools are keeping their staff and pupils safe from Covid-19.