Wigan man forced to travel to Wales for PCR test due to shortage in England

A Wigan man was forced to travel to Wales in order to get a PCR test this week.

Across the country, testing has been in high demand throughout the Christmas period, with recent rises leading to drive-through centres having no availability.

A Wiganer took to social media to share his frustration, after he needed to drive to Deeside to be tested.

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He wrote: “I live in Wigan and have to travel to Deeside for a PCR because I tested positive on a lateral flow last night. Only Wales and Scotland have testing sites.

“According to the government website there are no walk-in test sites nearby.”

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He also shared a picture of a long queue of cars waiting at the centre.

The journey to Deeside from Wigan is around 40-50 miles long, with this being the closest place available for a lot of people.

A Wigan man drove to Wales for a PCR testA Wigan man drove to Wales for a PCR test
A Wigan man drove to Wales for a PCR test
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Pressure is being heaped on the government to increase testing capacity, amid the current shortage of lateral flows and PCRs.

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