Postal workers – ‘crucial to the national testing programme’

“Up to around 9,500 tests have been getting dispatched out of here each day,” reports Darren Perry, the CWU area rep at Royal Mail’s National Distribution Centre (NDC) near Rugby, Warwickshire.

From NDC, the majority of Covid-19 home test kits are dispatched to the NHS laboratory in Milton Keynes, with the rest being sent to the other main lab in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

“We’ve got a dedicated team of around six to 10 people working on this here – from about 8.30pm, they get the kits in from the mail centres, hand scan each one, put them back onto the trays and into yorks and then load up for the main 7.40am dispatch,” Darren explains.