• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing in Beith

Asymptomatic Testing is available from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week from Thursday 20 May until Wednesday 26 May at:

Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, KA15 2BQ

There is no need to book.

Ayrshire residents who don’t have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms - a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell - are encouraged to get tested.

Lynne McNiven, Director of Public Health for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains:

“Testing will help us to identify more cases of the virus and give us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading. It is important that you are tested regularly, even if you have been vaccinated, particularly if you are visiting a loved one in hospital or a care home.

“If you are planning to travel to a Scottish island, you are encouraged to take two lateral flow tests for COVID-19 before you depart - one three days before you depart, and one on the day of departure to reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 into island communities. Pre-departure testing covers travel to all Scottish islands, including Arran and Cumbrae. For more information visit the website.”

This is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, or who has been identified as a close contact, should book a test via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816. Alternatively, you can arrange to have a lateral flow device (LFD) test kit delivered to your home. Order a test here.

Testing using LFDs can provide results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Anyone who receives a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate.

Dedicated support is available to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial assistance here.

Kenneth Gibson MSP added:

“The FACTS guidance remains as important as ever. This will help to protect our families, communities and the NHS.”

• F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis) • A – Avoid crowded places. • C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible. • T – Two metres – observe physical distancing. • S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.