On Thursday 17th September, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, asked the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to improve the efficiency of the Coronavirus testing centres in Southend, especially at Short Street.
Sir David said “I am absolutely delighted with the £9.7 million upgrade of Southend A&E, which is entirely appropriate as we move towards city status. Does my right hon. Friend agree that if Southend is to avoid a lockdown, we cannot have a repetition of the scenes at Short Street testing station yesterday where, apparently, someone in management said that people could turn up without an appointment?”
The additional funding will be used to bring urgent and emergency care specialities together to allow effective flow of patient referrals between teams with increased capacity to avoid overcrowding and ensure patients are treated in the right environment.
Matt Hancock replied “I will happily look into the testing in Southend, but it is nice to have some good news for the people there today”.