A WORRIED Scots mum was forced to drive her sick seven-year-old son to NEWCASTLE for a coronavirus test.
Janice Burns, 39, had to have son Ronan checked for the virus after he was sent home from school last week.
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And after attempting to book a test over the weekend and only being offered a slot at an Inverness centre, Janice had to make the 375-mile round trip to a Newcastle testing centre.
The mum-of-five had initially waited over the weekend to avoid the long journey to the Highlands only to be offered slots at Belfast and Newcastle on Monday.
Janice’s kids were all sent home from school after Ronan developed cold-like symptoms.
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And they were told they could not attend school again until Ronan’s test results come back with the family left waiting.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun Janice said: “It was frightening for the kids, Ronan didn’t understand having to go to another country but the government must think that is okay.
“He thinks there is something wrong because he was out of his own country.
“It was Newcastle I went to but they advised me I’d be better to go to Belfast because it’s not as far but then I’d have had to get a plane or take him on a boat.
“He wasn’t well and was knackered. He has a runny nose and cold symptoms and the school said he had to be tested.”
Janice also feared travelling all the distance to Newcastle and her son not being given a test as she was running late on the journey.
She said: “His appointment was at 11.30am but we didn’t get there to 12pm.
“It was only when I told them I had to travel from Scotland that they were alright.”
It’s the third time the siblings have been sent home from school.
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