Milton Keynes Council has confirmed they have written to local people that delays in getting covid-19 tests is out of their control.
The council’s decision comes after they confirmed that concerned local residents began contacting the council to ask for help as they struggle to book a test, in the wake of nationwide shortages of covid-19 tests.
Milton Keynes is home to a large drive through testing centre in the city centre near the train station, which is being run by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Under MKK Council’s COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan, the council has previously said that if suspected COVID-19 cases were on the rise within the borough, they may seek to bolster the regional facility by setting up additional walk-in or drive-in centres in community hotspots.
But with a lack of lab facilities to run the tests themselves available, MK Council have declared that setting up additional testing centres would not create any additional capacity locally and wouldn’t influence how quickly MK residents could be tested.
MK Council continues to urge people to get a test only if they have symptoms of COVID-19:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
They have also asked that anyone who does not have COVID-19 symptoms not to book a test, as doing so only makes it harder for people with symptoms to get the test they need.
Anyone with symptoms must isolate for 10 days from when symptoms began. Other members of the household (or bubble) should isolate for 14 days.
As well as this, Milton Keynes Council is currently giving advice alongside Public Health England to 13 schools and educational settings in Milton Keynes where positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed within the school community. All schools are following proper processes and in some cases school ‘bubbles’ are isolating as a precaution.