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Our statement on the news coverage raising concerns about Sheffield Covid test results

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We are aware of the news coverage raising concerns about Sheffield Covid test results which were handled by the Immensa lab in Wolverhampton and has since been linked to a considerable number of inaccurate test results in the South of England. Dr Eleanor Rutter, Consultant in Public Health for Sheffield City Council has said:

 “This is a national issue that has been well publicised but has only affected a very small proportion of Sheffield’s tests.

“The number of people identified as potentially having been given a false negative result in Sheffield is incredibly small. There is nothing to suggest this has had a significant impact on infection rates in the city.

“Tests from the city are sent to many different labs across the country, and this particular lab only received a small percentage of them.”