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April 15 2020 | News
The good news of Boris Johnson’s recovery and recent discharge from hospital highlights the incredible work done by the NHS but also the seriousness of illness that COVID-19 causes.
It also highlights the importance of testing.
We spoke to Medical Director Dr Ed Penman about the current testing situation in the UK – and the role of private testing within that.
Dr Ed Penman MBS DCH DRCOG MRCGP
“The Prime Minister tested positive early in his illness but was also tested prior to his discharge from St Thomas’ Hospital. This second negative test has proved invaluable in confirming his recovery, that he was no longer infectious and could safely interact with others around him such as his pregnant fiancée, Carrie Symonds.
World Health Organisation
“The World Health Organisation (WHO) have advised for many weeks “test, test, test” and though many countries have followed this advice the UK has been slow in adopting this policy, even being criticised by its own advisers: Sir Patrick Valance, the government’s chief scientific advisor, stating “not scaled as fast as it needs to scale”.
“The government is planning to increase testing capacity to 100,000 per day by the end of April but has a way to go before meeting this target. Testing is understandably focusing on NHS staff but it is also vital to be testing the wider community in order to identify and track the spread of the illness. For example, recent criticism has been directed at the lack of testing in care homes.
“At Summerfield Healthcare we offer testing to those who find they cannot be tested by the government’s scheme, often concerned private individuals, those caring for at-risk relatives, even care homes themselves and other organisations that rely on their workforce being safe and well.
“We cannot even remotely match the numbers promised by the government, doing thousands of tests rather than hundreds of thousands, but our results provide invaluable information to our customers, as well as reducing the pressure on the NHS. Our results also feed into the government’s database and help guide policy and strategies implemented by organisations such as Public Health England.
“Private testing has come under some criticism (as private healthcare often does), but we firmly believe in the service we provide and support the mantra of “test, test, test”.
More information on private testing is available here.
Alternatively, you can speak to a member of the team on 0333 9000 010.
Due to the recently announced lockdown in England, Summerfield Healthcare is currently only able to offer a limited number of clinical services including:
For some services we continue to offer such as health checks and minor surgery we are now providing COVID-19 testing for all patients and Doctors. This is mandatory due to the proximity of the practitioner, the duration of the appointment and multiple clinicians also being involved in your treatment. An additional £10 will be included in the appointment fee at the point of payment to cover the cost of COVID testing, and your booking confirmation will reflect this requirement. This is not required for blood testing due to the short duration of appointments and reduced risk of exposure.
If you cannot find the service you are looking for or it is not available to book due to the lockdown, please enter your details below and the service you require and we will contact you when the service resumes. Please remember that all COVID testing services are continuing during lockdown.