Mum opens up on ‘nightmare’ experience at coronavirus testing centre with daughter – Latest News

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It began when Megan began to feel unwell and was having trouble swallowing yesterday, Wednesday September 9.

Natasha Davis said booking a coronavirus test for her daughter Megan, 12, was nearly impossible.

Mum-of-four Natasha Davis refused to budge after being told there were no spaces at a local test centre – but she said there was only one other car there after she was let in

Twelve-year-old Megan Davis had a ‘nightmare’ experience at a coronavirus testing centre in Hempsted, Gloucestershire

The test centre in Hempsted was nearly empty

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“I went online, but it said there was no availability, and the nearest test centre was Wales – I wasn’t going to go all the way there.

A mum has told of her “nightmare” experience at a coronavirus testing centre with her daughter.

“So I went home and tried to order a home kit, but then was told there were none available.”

Natasha, 37, from Barnwood, Gloucestershire, said: “I tried to ring the doctor and arrange an appointment because I thought she might have tonsillitis, and was told they could see her at 4.30pm and in the meantime, I had to book a coronavirus test.

“The doctor said they couldn’t ask Megan to open her mouth” explained Natasha. “So I had to take pictures of her mouth and show the doctor through the window.”

The mum of four then took Megan to her doctor which she said was “a horrible experience”, GloucestershireLive reports.

“I got there at six, but they said they were fully booked and could not see me.

“I thought, sod it, and drove to the testing centre in Hempsted.

She was then told by the doctor that Megan needed to get a coronavirus test and that her and her family would have to isolate.

“I explained the situation – that I tried to book a test online but I couldn’t, but he was just adamant that they were so busy and had no spaces.

“I said I have two more children at home and an 11-month-old to look after and needed to have it here.

Natasha then parked her car and refused to leave until an older employee at the testing centre approached her and asked, “You aren’t going to go away, are you?” to which she replied, “No, I’m not.”

“He just said to turn around and go home.”

“But went I drove through there was only one other car there at the same time as me, it’s disgusting!

“If he hadn’t come over, I would have had to turn around and go home.”

She added: “He finally gave in and said ‘I’ll see what I can do’ and surprise, surprise, he managed to fit us in.

Twelve-year-old Megan Davis had a ‘nightmare’ experience at a coronavirus testing centre in Hempsted, Gloucestershire (Image: Gloucestershire Live WS)

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