Where to get lateral flow tests in Brent amid online delivery backlog

People across the country have reportedly been unable to order Covid-19 lateral flow tests from the government website

People across the country have reportedly been unable to order Covid-19 lateral flow tests from the government website due to "exceptionally high demand" - Credit: Emma Bartholomew

People in Brent and across the country have reportedly been unable to order Covid-19 lateral flow tests from the government website due to "exceptionally high demand" - but the Prime Minister has insisted there is no shortage of tests. 

On Monday (December 13) people trying to order the rapid coronavirus tests on the government website were shows a message advising them to "try again later" or to book an appointment at a coronavirus test site instead. 

A spokesman for the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said the message was being shown as deliveries had been paused to "fulfil existing orders".

In a statement to the House of Commons yesterday afternoon (December 13), health secretary Sajid Javid explained the problems were linked to delivery capacity, adding new arrangements had been reached with Amazon and others.

Mr Javid said: “There is no shortage of actual tests that are held by UKHSA. There are tens of millions of tests.

"The issue — the limiting factor because of the hugely increased demand — is the ability to deliver the tests and having enough capability to deliver the tests because the current arrangements with Royal Mail alone are not enough.

“There are new arrangements that I’ve reached with Amazon and other delivery methods.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson also sought to reassure people that the government had enough lateral flow tests to meet saying there was a "ready supply of lateral flow tests". 

“If you can’t get one online for any reason, then there are ample supplies in the shops," he said.

"But what I think, if I may say so. What that also shows, is that people are doing the sensible thing, and getting tests as well.”

The suspension comes less than 24 hours after an announcement that daily testing would be mandatory for people who are double-jabbed and come into contact with someone who has coronavirus. 

There are sites across Brent which can conduct Covid testing or where residents can collect LFTs - including Crystal Pharmacy at Wembley Centre For Health, Carters Chemist in the High Road, Wembley, and Kings Pharmacy in Kilburn High Road.

For a full list of where you can get a lateral flow test in Brent see maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/.

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