Keep Checking Back or Get a Home Test Advice Issued

People who need a Covid PCR test are being advised to keep checking the national portal – after high demand is limiting tests currently available across the UK.

New slots are added to the national portal throughout the day, but people can also book a home PCR test online at

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said:

“We are aware that people are experiencing difficulties booking a Covid PCR on the national system and we understand this is both frustrating and concerning. This has been raised with the Government who are working on a solution.

“We would advise people who need a PCR test to keep checking back as although tests are limited,  the booking slots are updated regularly through the day. Alternatively, people can order a home PCR test online.”

Lateral flow device tests are also widely available and give a result in 30 minutes. Everyone is recommended to have a regular lateral flow test to check for infection.

People can have a supervised lateral flow device test at one of the local sites or collect to take at home. Full details of testing options can be found at

Residents of Tamworth and Uttoxeter, should please click the relevant link for their local testing advice

Tony Walley
Tony Walley
News & Sport Editor

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