Have just read that at Edinburgh's Western General Hospital people who turn up in cars for out-patient appointments are automatically having throat swabs taken BEFORE they enter the hospital. This drive-through testing as it's called means that they're directed to a special unit, have the swab done, and then are told to go home immediately and await results, something which could take 48 hours or more.
Meanwhile that person misses their appointment through no fault of their own, so might well have to go to the end of a very long queue, or at best be slotted in perhaps a few weeks down the line, if they're lucky that is. Beggars belief really, and why stop at those in cars? What about patients who come by bus or taxi? Maybe that will come though. I recently waited 8 months to see a consultant and if I'd turned up and been faced with this, I'd have been bloody livid, Corona virus or no Corona virus!! Thankfully it looks like our other main hospital has no plans to do the same ... yet.
Are you sure this isn’t intended for people with possible coronavirus and a way to get them tested without leaving their vehicles? This has been going on for several weeks on suspected cases at my hospital.
Meanwhile, two confirmed cases just a mile or two from me...