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TRNSMT festival 'good experiment' in value of Covid-19 lateral flow tests says Highland GP amid health authorities' warning of intense hospital pressure


By Hector MacKenzie

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TODAY's TRNSMT festival in Glasgow will be a good experiment in the true value of lateral flow tests for Covid-19.

That's the view of Highland GP Dr Ross Jaffrey who is behind the Safe Hands, Saves Lives campaign set up to inform people about the pandemic and encourage good hygiene.

Dr Jaffrey noted that both NHS-Highland and NHS Grampian had put out statements regarding "intense hospital pressure" and said it is clearly "a very challenging time".

He posted: "50,000 people descending on Glasgow for the TRNSMT festival. This will be a good experiment for the true value of lateral flow tests.

"If we end up with a huge spike post event, will say it all about that particular method to assist reduction of transmission. If a spike does not occur it could be the way forward.

"Unvaccinated people make up the majority of Covid positive admissions to hospital – directly due to the virus. Again it’s a choice, but crucially this choice is having major implications as community Covid levels remain high and hospital pressures grow.

"Vaccination does appear to significantly reduce death outcome in older age groups. Drop-in clinics remain available in most areas."

Details about NHS Highland drop-in clinics can be found here.

These include one at the Duthac Centre in Tain's Shandwick Street on Monday, September 13 from 10am to 4.30pm when Pfizer will be administered.

NHS Highland says 94 per cent of the adult population has received a first dose.

Drop-in clinics are also open to students and 16 and 17 year olds.

Drop in clinics do not require an appointment and you can arrive at any time during opening hours. People are asked to wear loose clothing/short sleeves and to be aware they may have a short wait when they arrive depending on demand.

The following drop-in clinics are open to those who are yet to receive their first dose and those who are due for their second dose - please be advised you must have had at least eight weeks since your first dose of vaccine before attending for your second dose.

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