Department of Health & Social Care

Coronavirus: Ikea car park tests on 240-mile trip

Coronavirus tests being carried out in Gateshead are being sent hundreds of miles away for processing.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital announced in April it had established one of the biggest NHS coronavirus testing units in the country.

But swabs taken at a drive-in testing site in the car park of nearby Ikea are being sent 240 miles to Milton Keynes.

The Department for Health said the two laboratories processed samples from separate categories of people.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead