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Covid lateral flow device (LFD) test kits to be handed out in Sutherland next week at Lairg and Bonar Bridge as Highland Council and NHS Highland help maintain guard over virus

By Hector MacKenzie

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PACKS of LFD Covid test kits will be distributed from several Highland locations from Monday, February 28 until Friday, March 4.

The Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests throughout the region.

Free packs of LFD tests will be made available to the public in several outdoor locations across the Highland region, to be taken away and used at home.

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.

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

Monday, February 28

Lairg Lochside Car Park 10:30am-noon

Bonar Bridge Bridge Car Park 1pm-3pm

Tuesday, March 1

Inverness Slackbuie ASDA Car Park 9:30am-12noon, 12:30pm-4pm

Aviemore Retail Park 10am-4pm

Wednesday, March 2

Aviemore Retail Park 9am-4pm

Thursday, March 3

Aviemore Retail Park 9am-4pm

Newtonmore Co-Op Car Park 9:30am-noon

Kingussie Ardvonie Car Park 1pm-4pm

Friday, March 4

Ardersier Memorial Hall Car Park 9am-noon

Nairn High Street 1pm-4pm

Aviemore Retail Park 9am-3pm

Lateral Flow Device (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.

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 covidtest.scot.

If you receive a positive LFD test result, you must report your result and self-isolate immediately.

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.

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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