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New sites announced for free LFD test collections from next week

By Imogen James

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

From Monday until February 25, free packs of LFD tests will be available throughout the Highlands in several outdoor locations.

The tests are to be taken away and used at home.

Staff are on hand to give people demonstration's on how to use the kits.

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

Monday 21 February

Inverness Retail Park (Tesco) 9:30am-12:30pm

Inverness Retail Park (South End) 1pm-4pm

Inverness Inshes Retail Park (Tesco) 9:30am-12:30pm

Inverness Inshes Retail Park (South End) 1pm-4pm

Telford Retail Park (B&M) 9:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Tuesday 22 February

Carrbridge Recreation Ground Car Park 9:30am-12:30pm

Tomatin Strathdearn Community Centre 1pm-4pm

Thurso High Street Car Park 10:30am-12noon, 12:30pm-3pm

Alness High Street (Bank Lane) 9am-12noon

Invergordon Library 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 23 February

Ullapool Tesco Car Park 9:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-3pm

Fort William High Street (Cameron Square) 10:30am-12noon, 12:30pm-3pm

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

Thursday 24 February

Portree Somerled Square 10:30am-12:30pm, 1pm-3pm

Alness High Street (Bank Lane) 9am-12noon

Invergordon Library 1pm-4pm

Friday 25 February

Inverness Victorian Market 9am-12:30pm, 1pm-4pm

Ardersier Memorial Hall Car Park 9am-12noon

Nairn High Street 1pm-4pm

Conon Bridge High Street Car Park 9am-12noon

Muir of Ord Library Car Park 1pm-4pm

Users should always report their test results online to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Convener of The 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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