Several Salisbury residents have been asked to have been trying to book a coronavirus test to travel as far as Scotland, according to the newspaper.
Following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases, both locally and nationally, city residents who have developed coronavirus symptoms have been trying to book a trial.
However, for some, the process seems far from straightforward, as in some cases people have been offered spaces more than 500 miles away.
Hayley Ferguson, whose 20-year-old son lives in Salisbury, says he is struggling to book a test locally after being turned down for a place in Aberdeen.
She said: “My son only rides a motorbike, so he asked my other son, his brother, to take him to an autopilot test center as there were no access options available. But when he got to head north towards Aberdeen he basically said [there is] absolutely in no way is it headed there towards a test “.
“It’s the same in Cambridge where my friend lives, she was told to go to the same place … they’re crazy!” She added.
Resident Abi Durham faces a similar situation as, as he refuses to travel to Aberdeen, there are no road or tour tests available that are available in the system.
Abbey Lock, who has been trying to book a test for her daughter, said: “[I’ve] I’ve been trying to book a test since last night (Wednesday, September 9), but the only one available was miles away.
“Then, when the venue appeared when I logged in, it was no longer there [it] it means more time out of work and my daughter out of school until the test can be done.
“The government knew that with the schools coming back, more tests would be needed, even though nothing has been prepared, which makes people wait a long time for tests or have to travel miles with poor children.”
While several people managed to test at Beehive Park and ride, others said they had to make longer trips, to places like Bridport in Dorset or even Wales.
Another resident said she was able to take the test at a trowbridge testing center in Trowbridge simply by showing up.
Today, in a speech to the House of Commons, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said only those with Covid symptoms or who have been asked to take the test should apply for a test.
He said: “The average distance traveled to a test site is 6.4 miles and 90% of people who book a test travel 22 miles or less.
“We already have more than 400 test sites up and running – we added 19 last week and are planning 17 more this week.
“However, as capacity has increased, we have seen an even faster increase in demand, which includes a significant increase in people who have no symptoms and are not eligible for a test. This eliminates the evidence of the people who need them.
“Therefore, if you have symptoms of coronavirus or your doctor or local authority asks you to get a test, ask for it.
“But if you have no symptoms and you haven’t been asked, you won’t be able to take a test.”
A spokesman for the Department of Health and Social Care said: “NHS Test and Trace works and our capacity is the highest it has ever been, but we see a significant demand for evidence, including from asymptomatic people who do not they are otherwise apt.
“New booking spaces and home testing kits are available daily for those who need them and we focus on testing capacity in the areas that need it most, including those where there is an outbreak, and we prioritize groups risk.
“Our labs process more than a million tests a week and we recently announced new facilities and technology to process the results even faster. If you have no symptoms and are not eligible for a test, you can continue to protect yourself by washing your hands, wearing a face mask, and following the rules of social distancing. ”