Primary school parents open up on experience of target testing

Parents of a Nottingham primary school have shared their positive experience of targeted testing, after a Covid ‘variant of concern’ was detected.

Staff, pupils and parents of Henry Whipple primary school in Bestwood have completed five days of targeted Covid-19 testing after Public Health England identified cases of coronavirus related to the Indian variant last week.

Despite some parents telling Nottinghamshire Live they would not be taking a test nor encouraging their children to, speaking today (Friday, May 21) others have happily taken part.

Kirsty Bentley, 35, said: “We did it on the first day, it was fine.

“I don’t agree with it when parents aren’t getting their children tested.

“Everyone should be tested to protect your own child and others.

“My daughter said they’ve broke classes up again for extra protection.

“It makes me feel better as a mum.”

Since the testing started, another Nottingham school has also identified the same Indian variant.

Mobile testing units will be set up at Ellis Guilford school in Basford from Monday to provide surge testing at the site.

A dad who did not wish to be named said: “We got it done yesterday.

“My point is why would you not get your child tested, it’s not invasive.

“I don’t understand why people won’t get it.

“I completely disagree that it scares the children.

“It’s a mindset the parent is putting on the child.”

Another parent, who did not wish to be named, said: “It’s been brilliant.

“You’ve not got to travel to get your test or order one to your home.

“It should be more regular, I think it should be done until the end of the pandemic.”

It comes as public health bosses also revealed today that the Indian variant is now not just being found in ‘isolated settings’ such as schools but also within the community.

Public Health officials for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire have now stressed the final stage of the roadmap could be jeopardy if it continues to spread.

David Johns, Interim Director of Public Health in Nottingham, told Nottinghamshire Live: “While rates have decreased, the vast majority of these cases are believed to be the Indian variant and what we are observing is not just in isolated settings.”

Jonathan Gribbin, director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, added: “What we refer to as the Indian variant is more transmissible than what has been the dominant variant until now. That is important.

“We must avoid a situation where it spreads so fast that it returns our local NHS and care system to the kind of pressures they were experiencing just a few months ago. We must avoid that.”


Nottinghamshire Live – Local News