Free Covid test kit pick-ups available in Dingwall, Tain, Kyle of Lochalsh and Dornoch as Highland Council and NHS Highland join forces to minimise spread
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PEOPLE living across Ross-shire are being offered free Covid test kits at pick-ups being arranged across the Highlands this week.
Packs of LFD tests will be distributed from locations across the Highlands from today until Friday.
Pick-ups in Kyle of Lochalsh, Dingwall, Tain are included in the latest initiative to help keep Covid infections down.
Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests. The pop-up LFD collection points include Kyle on Tuesday, Tain on Wednesday and Dingwall on Thursday.
Packs of LFD tests will be available for free to the public to be taken away and used at home and staff will be present to give guidance on how to take the test.
The deployment is not due to any particular outbreak in these areas, the agencies make clear.
LFD collection points are dependent on staffing and stock, and may be subject to change.
Packs of LFD tests for anyone without symptoms will be available to collect at the following locations:
Monday, January 17
Cradlehall Court, Inverness 8:30am-12noon
Culloden Central Shopping Area 1pm-3:30pm
Wick Riverside Car Park 10:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-3pm
Fort William Middle Street Car Park 10:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-3pm
Tuesday, January 18
Inshes Retail Park, Inverness 8:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-3:30pm
Golspie Fountain Road Car Park 9:30am-12noon
Brora Station Square 1pm-3pm
Broadford Village Car Park 10:30am-12noon
Kyle Station Road Car Park 1pm-3pm
Wednesday, January 19
Telford Retail Park, Inverness 8:30am-noon, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Tain Queen Street Car Park 9:30am-noon
Dornoch Castle Street 1pm-3:30pm
Thurso Bridge Car Park 10:30am-noon, 12:30pm-3pm
Thursday 20 January
Merkinch Community Centre 8:30am-noon
Balloan Park, Inverness 1pm-3:30pm
Dingwall Greenhill Street 9am-noon, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Aviemore Retail Park 9am-noon, 12:30pm-3:30pm
Friday 21 January
Inverness Retail Park 8:30am-noon, 12:30pm-3pm
Nairn Falconer’s Lane Car Park 9am-noon, 12:30pm-3pm
Brora Station Square 9:30am-noon
Golspie Fountain Road Car Park 1pm-3pm
Highland Council said: "Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are easy to administer. By taking one twice a week, 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.
"If you have been vaccinated, you should still consider getting tested. While vaccines reduce the risk of infection after 14-21 days, people who have been vaccinated could still become infected. No vaccine provides 100 per cent protection against a virus.
"Free LFD tests for people without COVID-19 symptoms are also available to collect from pharmacies, and can be sent to your home by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing, or by calling 119.
"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.
"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 nhsinform.scot/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19-report-your-test-result.
If you receive a positive LFD test result, you must report your result and self-isolate immediately.
Convener of Highland Council, Bill Lobban said: “In Highland, cases of Covid-19 are high. This makes it more important than ever to use LFD tests regularly to make sure we don’t have the virus asymptomatically and to reassure us that we’re keeping each other safe.”
Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: “There is still a high level of Covid-19 within the Highlands and minimising spread remains vitally important. When dealing with a disease that can be asymptomatic, such as Covid-19, it is necessary to diagnose cases as early as possible to prevent more people becoming infected without realising. The regular taking of LFD tests in our community helps the NHS to find asymptomatic cases and stop the virus spreading.”
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.