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Covid-19 Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits to be distributes across Highlands at Alness, Invergordon, Fort William, Dingwall, Inverness, Helmsdale, Dornoch, Nairn, Invergordon and Alness.

By Alasdair Fraser

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Used Lateral Flow Tests during Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic
Used Lateral Flow Tests during Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

Packs of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits will be distributed at several Highland locations next week.

Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of the LFD tests throughout the Highlands, with the latest distribution taking place between Monday February 7 and to Friday February 11.

Free packs will be made available to the public, with kits to be taken away and used at home.

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

The health authority and council have stressed the deployment is not due to any particular outbreak in areas targeted

The locations include:

Monday February 7:

Alness High Street (Bank Lane) 10am-12noon

Invergordon High Street (Library) 1pm-4pm

Tuesday February 8:

Fort William High Street 10am-12:30pm, 1pm-3pm

Wednesday February 9

Dingwall High Street (Museum) 9am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Thursday February 10

Inverness Retail Park 8:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Helmsdale Harbour Car Park 9:30am-12noon

Dornoch Cathedral Square 1pm-4pm

Nairn Falconers Lane Car Park 8:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Friday February 11:

Inverness High Street (Market Brae Steps) 8:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Inshes Retail Park, 8:30am-12:30pm, Inverness 1pm-4pm

Invergordon High Street (Library) 8:30am-12noon

Alness High Street (Bank Lane) 1pm-4pm

Lateral Flow Test kit. Picture: DGS
Lateral Flow Test kit. Picture: DGS

Officials are reminding the public that by taking LFD tests regularly individuals can help the community, families and friends stay safe and slow down the spread of coronavirus. T

racking down cases of the virus earlier will limit the spread of new variants.

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.”

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