An autistic boy had to miss his first week of primary school after being told to travel almost 500 miles from Kent to Scotland for a Covid-19 test.

Four-year-old Logan Shoebridge was sent home with a minor cough on his third day at Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone, Kent.

Grandmother Stephanie Markiewicz, 53, picked him up and spent days trying to book a test after being told he was unable to return to his reception class without a negative result.

She claims the government's booking portal showed the nearest available test was 493 miles away in Dundee, Scotland.

Mrs Markiewicz told Kent Online: "It's frustrating but I understand why he was sent home because even if it was just a cold we don't want to spread anything, it's just the fact that it has been impossible to get a test.

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Five Acre Wood School in Maidstone, Kent

"If we could have got a drive through one done straight away, he could have been back at school by the end of the week.

"Because he has autism, he takes a long time to settle into routines. He didn't even have a chance to get used to going into school.

"I was looking online every hour to see if anything came up in Kent but there was nothing."

Logan, who lives with mum Danielle Nimmo, 24, dad Jack Shoebridge, 24, and 18-month-old brother Zack, was eventually able to get a home testing kit last weekend.

It came back negative and he returned to school on Tuesday.

It comes as parents across the UK have been left furious as 'thousands' of kids have been unable to return to school because they cannot get themselves tested for Covid-19.

People queue for a test at a walk in Covid-19 testing facility

Reports earlier this week said no tests are available in some of the coronavirus hotspots with the shortage applying across home testing kits, drive through and walk in sites.

One mum said she had been trying 'almost constantly' to try and book her nine-year-old a test, but after having no luck her daughter will miss school for the quarantine period.

Another parent said "Everything we submit we get 'this service is very busy. Please try later'."

Many Brits have struggled to get tested in recent weeks
Many Brits have struggled to get tested in recent weeks

A mum who believes her daughter's symptoms are simply of a run-of-the-mill cold but isn't allowed back to nursery until she's been tested added: "There was absolutely nowhere at all, no facility available."

It is suspected that there are thousands of parents unable to get their kids tested across the country.

Moz Bulbeck Reynolds, from West Berkshire, said she has been unable to send her nine-year-old daughter Matilda to school this week because she has been unable to get a  coronavirus  test.

Having stayed at home last Thursday and Friday with cold symptoms, Matilda was refused entry to the school on Monday until she received a test, as per the local council's rules.

Year eight pupils wear face masks as they queue in a corridor before attending an English lesson at Moor End Academy in Huddersfield

Ms Bulbeck Reynolds said she had been unable to book a test despite trying "almost constantly" since 9.30am on Monday through the Government's website.

"I feel sorry for my daughter... rejected at the school gate. It made me feel like a failure as a parent," the 45-year-old told the PA news agency.

The school has said Matilda either needs to be tested or quarantined for 10 days.

"I'm personally furious with the school for not telling me she needed a test when she did not have a high temperature," added Ms Bulbeck Reynolds.

"I'm furious with the local council for moving the goalposts without informing the parents, and clearly I'm furious at the Government for their incompetence."