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Pop-up collection points for packs of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Covid-19 test kits next week for residents in Sutherland and the rest of Highlands

By Ian Duncan

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NHS Highland.
NHS Highland.

Packs of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests will be distributed from several Highland locations from Monday, April 4, to Friday, April 8, next week.

Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of LFD tests throughout the Highlands.

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.

The packs are for anyone without symptoms and will be available to collect at the following locations:

Monday, April 4:

• Inverness Retail Park in Tesco car park between 9.30am and 4pm;

• Inverness Inshes Retail Park also in Tesco car park from 9.30am to 4pm.

Tuesday, April 5:

• Nairn High Street outside the museum between 9am and 4pm;

• Alness High Street near Bank Lane from 9am to noon;

• Invergordon Library between 1pm and 3.30pm.

Wednesday, April 6:

• Inverness Telford Retail Park in B&M car park from 9.30am to noon;

• Inverness Retail Park in Tesco car park between 1pm and 4pm;

• Conon Bridge High Street car park from 9.30am to noon;

• Dingwall High Street outside the museum between 1pm and 3.30pm.

Thursday, April 7:

• Thurso High Street car park from 10am to 3pm;

• Inverness Slackbuie in ASDA car park between 9.30am and 4pm.

Friday, April 8:

• Dornoch Cathedral Square from 9am and noon;

• Tain High Street service point between 1pm and 3.30pm;

• Ullapool Tesco car park from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

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.

When doing your test at home, 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 the reporting website.

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 can also be sent to your home, by visiting NHS Inform, or by calling 119. This service will be available until Monday, April 18.

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 for as long as they are available.

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.

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