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Pop-up LFD collection points in Highlands details released for week of March 14

By Niall Harkiss

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

Dates and locations of lateral flow device collection points and testing units throughout Easter Ross have been released.

LFD tests will be available to collect or do on-site in Alness from Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18, and to collect in Invergordon and Tain on Tuesday, March 15 and Friday, March 18.

The Highland Council and NHS Highland are working in partnership to increase availability of Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests throughout the Highlands. Free packs of LFD tests are being 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 mobile testing unit Testalot will be providing LFD tests to collect or do on-site at:

Obsdale Road Car Park, Alness IV17 0TY

Monday, March 14 9:30am-4pm

Tuesday, March 15 9am-4pm

Wednesday, March 16 9am-4pm

Thursday, March 17 9am-4pm

Friday, March 18 9am-3pm

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

Tuesday March 15

Invergordon Library 9am-12noon

Tain High Street (Service Point) 1pm-4pm

Friday March 18

Tain High Street (Service Point) 9am-12noon

Invergordon Library 1pm-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.

No appointment is necessary to take an LFD test on-site. When you arrive at a mobile testing unit, you will first be asked to wait outside, before being registered and entering. You will then be escorted to a testing booth. Guidance will be given on how to take the test, and there is no need to wait on-site to receive your result. Your result will be reported to the NHS for you.

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 gov.uk/report-covid19-result.

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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