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CORONAVIRUS: Dingwall, Conon Bridge, Alness, Invergordon, Tain and Ullapool set for free Covid-19 test kit pick-ups next week as Highland Council and NHS Highland combine forces over LFD availability

By Hector MacKenzie

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PEOPLE living in or visiting six Ross-shire communities next week will be able to pick up free lateral flow device (LFD) Covid-19 test kits.

Highland Council and NHS Highland are working to increase availability of LFD tests throughout the region.

Free packs will be made available to the public in several outdoor locations to be taken away and used at home.

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

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

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

Packs of LFD tests for anyone without symptoms will be available to collect at the following locations:

Monday, April 4

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) 9am-noon

Invergordon Library 1pm-3:30pm

Wednesday, April 6

Inverness Telford Retail Park (B&M Car Park) 9:30am-12noon

Inverness Retail Park (Tesco Car Park) 1pm-4pm

Conon Bridge High Street Car Park 9:30am-noon

Dingwall High Street (Outside Museum) 1pm-3:30pm

Thursday, April 7

Thurso High Street Car Park 10am-3pm

Inverness Slackbuie ASDA Car Park 9:30am-4pm

Friday, April 8

Dornoch Cathedral Square 9am-12noon

Tain High Street Service Point 1pm-3:30pm

Ullapool Tesco Car Park 9:30am-3:30pm

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

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

Fact File

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

LFD tests are already provided in some workplaces, including schools. If you do already get tested through your workplace or education setting you should continue to use those routes for as long as they are available.

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

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

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