Dingwall, Conon Bridge, Alness, Invergordon, Tain and Ullapool plan free Covid-19 test kit pick-ups next week as Highland Council and NHS Highland join forces on LFD availability


PEOPLE living in or visiting six communities in Ross-shire next week will be able to pick up the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid-19 test kits free of charge.

The Highland Council and NHS Highland are working to increase the availability of LFD testing across the region.

Free packs will be made available to the public at several outdoor locations to take home and use.

These include Dingwall, Conon Bridge, Alness, Invergordon, Tain and Ullapool.

Staff will be present to give advice on how to take the test.

The deployment, says the Highland Council, “is not due to any particular outbreak in these areas”.

LFD test packs for anyone with no symptoms can be picked up at the following locations:

Monday april 4th

Inverness Retail Park (Tesco car park) 9.30am-4pm

Inverness Inshes Retail Park (Tesco car park) 9.30am-4pm

Tuesday, April 5

Nairn High Street (outside museum) 9am-4pm

Alness High Street (Bank Lane) 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Invergordon Library 1-3:30 p.m.

Wednesday 6 April

Inverness Telford Retail Park (B&M car park) 9.30am-12pm

Inverness Retail Park (Tesco car park) 1pm-4pm

Conon Bridge High Street Car Park 9:30 a.m. to noon

Dingwall High Street (outside museum) 1pm-3.30pm

Thursday, April 7

Thurso High Street Car Park 10am-3pm

Inverness Slackbuie ASDA Parking 9.30am-4.00pm

friday april 8

Dornoch Cathedral Square 9am-12pm

Tain High Street Service Point 1pm-3.30pm

Ullapool Tesco car park 9.30am-3.30pm

The appeal from the two agencies is: “LFD tests are easy to administer. By taking one regularly, we can help our community, families and friends stay safe and slow the spread of the coronavirus. Earlier virus cases will limit the spread of new variants.

“When doing your home test, it is very important that you report your LFD test result so that your contacts can be traced. This helps prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community. To report your result, visit gov. uk/report-covid19-result.”

Information folder

Free LFD tests for people without symptoms of Covid-19 can also be sent to your home, by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing, or by calling 119. This service will be available until Monday 18 April.

LFD tests are already provided in some workplaces, including schools. If you are already being tested at your workplace or educational institution, you should continue to use these routes for as long as they are available.

The Highland Council and NHS Highland Community Testing Scheme offers rapid Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms, through the use of mobile testing sites and awareness events. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and request a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Symptoms include a new, continuous cough, fever, or loss or change in smell or taste.

PCR testing for people with symptoms of Covid-19 can also be arranged by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing or calling 119.

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