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Invited for Covid19 test - cannot get booked in

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unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:20:01

I fill in the Kings College Covid19 app daily. At the moment I have got bacterial sinusitis- so I have filled out the app with this detail.

I've now received an email inviting me to take a test in the name of research - but I cannot get booked on anywhere within the next week.

Has anyone else had this problem? I don't understand why they are inviting people for testing when there simply isn't the capacity?

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BeforeIPutOnMyMakeup Sat 02-May-20 14:23:38

They won't send you a home test kit?

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:26:45

None available apparently. I'm wondering if I log on again tomorrow first thing whether some will be

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Layladylay234 Sat 02-May-20 14:46:01

I'm trying to get a test for my partner as he qualified. Been sent the code for My local site has 72 spaces over next 5 days but when I click on,there aren't any..

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:46:41

@Layladylay234 that's exactly what's coming up on mine. I guess we need to keep trying?

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Layladylay234 Sat 02-May-20 14:49:08

Yep,I'm not sleeping great at the moment so might try at about 2am this morning and see if that works! Where's your nearest site? I'm trying for Leicester. Then they're saying the next nearest is Leighton Buzzard. But I know that they're testing in Nottingham and Coventry

Realitea Sat 02-May-20 14:53:46

I got in at Worcester straight away through the app. Keep trying!

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:57:02

@Layladylay234 Leicester & Leighton Buzzard as well. I'm going to try persevere!

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unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:58:07


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unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 14:58:38

@Realitea did you manage to get in the same day? X

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Peppafrig Sat 02-May-20 14:59:28

Message withdrawn - posted on wrong thread.

Florencemattell Sat 02-May-20 15:10:56

Same here. Invited by Kings College but cant find any slots. The nearest centre is 22 miles away and should have 6 slots.

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 15:16:37

Frustrating it's it @Florencemattell. I guess we just have to keep trying.

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Realitea Sat 02-May-20 15:27:39

It was the next day @unicornsrulealright
It was 22 miles from me but was nice just to get out for a bit in the car!

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 15:29:42

They are obviously full for today. Does anyone know what time in the morning the next batch of tests are released for people to book? X

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Layladylay234 Sat 02-May-20 15:30:19

@realitea What app was this?

Lightsabre Sat 02-May-20 15:33:23

There is a bit of a time lag so although it says slots are available, they've probably gone by the time you book. I don't know what time the Kings one release further slots but on the general Gov one you need to book at 8am and book the earliest slot possible ie 8.30-9 if you can get there that quickly.

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 15:36:01

Thanks @Lightsabre. It directs you to the website so assuming it's the same website as the essential workers etc. Will try again first thing.

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unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 15:52:34

I'm in!

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Babysharkdoodoodood Sat 02-May-20 16:13:29

Leicester said 72 places available but couldn't find one. Had to go 20 miles further up to Nottingham.
Booked for tomorrow. Not looking forward to it.

unicornsrulealright Sat 02-May-20 16:22:45

I'm booked at Edgbaston. I'm not looking forward to it either - heard horror stories. But will be pleased to be able to aid research

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Realitea Sat 02-May-20 17:51:16

@Layladylay234 it’s the covid symptom tracker app, it has a dark blue background, a big C and 19 on the logo so you can spot it

It does take you to the same place where essential workers go to register for their test.

Realitea Sat 02-May-20 17:51:56

Why are you all not looking forward to it? It’s fine, honestly
I had to do mine myself in the car so not sure how accurate it’ll be

Florencemattell Sat 02-May-20 18:05:42

Those who have booked , did it confirm the booking by email or text? I'm not sure if I'm booked in or not.

Laniakea Sat 02-May-20 18:08:05

it's really fine, dh & I had them today the throat one is a bit gaggy but not too bad.

The false negative rate is really high though, they say the first five days of symptoms but day three is best. We didn't get tested until day 9 & 7 so I'm not holding out much hope for an accurate result.

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