Mobile Covid-19 testing unit deployed in Invergordon and Alness as NHS Highland public health chief urges people to help their communities

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health at NHS Highland.

RAPID Covid-19 community tests will be available at Alness from Monday to Wednesday and at Invergordon on Thursday and Friday.

The community screening program offers rapid Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms.

Highland Council and NHS Highland say they will plan and provide community testing in the Highlands wherever needed, to help people become confident in using the test kits.

There is no local outbreak in Alness or Invergordon, the rollout aims to provide additional access to Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing for these communities and to support people in administering the test.

The Testalot mobile test unit will be available for walk-in lateral flow testing for anyone without symptoms at:

Obsdale Road Car Park, Alness

Monday, June 21 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 22 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Natal Gardens Car Park (enter from Clyde St./Outram St.), Invergordon

Thursday, June 24 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The mobile testing unit will also operate an LFD collection service, which makes packs of seven test kits available to the public free of charge, to take away and use at home.

The testing process takes ten minutes and results are usually sent within an hour, but can sometimes take up to 24 hours.

The test uses the LFD and is easy to administer. The results will be sent by SMS and/or e-mail to those present, so there is no need to stay on site. Advice is provided on what to do if a test is negative, positive or uncertain.

“Many people with coronavirus (Covid-19) have no symptoms and will spread it without realizing it. By expanding community testing, we will be able to identify more cases, giving us a better chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19.” – Dr Tim Allison

Highland Council said: “By getting tested you can help your community, families and friends stay safe and slow the spread of coronavirus. It also helps show us how the virus spreads.

“If you have been vaccinated, you should still consider getting tested. Although vaccines reduce the risk of infection after 14 to 21 days, people who have been vaccinated can still be infected. No vaccine offers a 100% virus protection.

“No appointment is necessary to receive a test. When you arrive at a mobile testing unit, you will first be asked to wait outside, before being registered and entering. You You will then be escorted to a test cabin.

“LFD tests for people without symptoms of Covid-19 can also be sent to your home, in packs of seven, by visiting the UK government’s coronavirus support page.

“The LFD test is already being used in some workplaces, including schools. If you are already being tested at your workplace or educational institution, you should continue to use these routes.”

Highland Council organizer Bill Lobban said: ‘At Highland we will have three mobile testing units available to travel to identified locations with a team of trained staff to carry out tests for people without symptoms. Our mobile units can be deployed wherever you need them. If mobile units arrive in your area, we encourage you to use the testing facilities as this will allow rapid detection of any localized cases of Covid-19. It also reassures anyone worried about potentially being an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health at NHS Highland, said: “Many people with coronavirus (Covid-19) have no symptoms and will spread it without realizing it. By expanding community testing, we will be able to identify more cases, giving us a better chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19.

“Screening people without symptoms, asymptomatic testing, will help us identify those who are positive but do not have symptoms. We can then advise them to isolate themselves and therefore avoid the spread. Anyone who tests positive with an LFD should take a confirmatory PCR test. More testing is helping us show how the virus is spreading and will help us reduce risk. »

While the unit is deployed, anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or identified as a close contact of Covid-19 should access PCR testing.

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, you should self-isolate immediately and request a PCR test. Symptoms include a new, continuous cough, fever, or loss or change in smell or taste. If you have symptoms, you should not use an LFD test.

Likewise, you should not go to testing sites asymptomatic if you are currently self-isolating because you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 90 years. days.

PCR tests for people with symptoms of Covid-19 can be arranged by visiting or calling 119.

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