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NI health worker's rage at struggle to get Covid test

Staff member tells of her fraught process to book an appointment as demand continues to soar in Belfast

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The staff member has spoken of her fraught process to book a test (Simon Dawson/PA)

The staff member has spoken of her fraught process to book a test (Simon Dawson/PA)

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The staff member has spoken of her fraught process to book a test (Simon Dawson/PA)

Belfast is reporting a surge in demand for Covid-19 tests by health care workers, leading to claims that some have been unable to secure an urgent appointment.

One health care worker said she tried dozens of times to phone the number given to make an appointment - but the call dropped automatically every time.

Belfast Health and Social Care Trust said there was a surge in calls on Monday and that some workers, and family members, waited for around 30 minutes to get through to make an appointment.