COVID-19 testing services will remain open in North Ayrshire and Scotland every day throughout the holiday period.
Test sites will continue to operate, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, and tests will continue to be processed through the lab network. Test and Protect will also continue to operate every day.
Access to lateral flow device (LFD) tests will remain available through community pharmacies and test sites (subject to festive opening hours), while both LFD and PCR tests can be ordered online for home delivery via NHS Inform or private providers.
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
"The emergence of the Omicron variant means it is more vital than ever that we use every tool at our disposal to identify COVID-19 cases quickly and break off chains of transmission.
"While everyone is urged to stay at home as much as possible over the coming weeks, it’s understandable that people will gather with a few loved ones over Christmas or New Year in a safe and responsible manner. If you do mingle with other households, please take a lateral flow test beforehand.”
Opening hours for testing sites including local and drive through testing sites:
Date Opening hours
24 December (Christmas Eve) 8am to 6pm
25 December (Christmas Day) 10am to 2pm
26 December (Boxing Day) 10am to 2pm
27 December 8am to 6pm
28 December 8am to 6pm
29 December 8am to 6pm
30 December 8am to 6pm
31 December (New Year’s Eve) 8am to 6pm
1 January (New Year’s Day) 10am to 2pm