Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing will be available this week in Largs for people without symptoms.
The community testing initiative, a partnership between the SNP Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue, University of West of Scotland, NAC and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, given that people can spread the virus before symptoms appear.
Ayrshire residents with none 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 helps us identify more cases of the virus and provides a better chance of stopping its spread.
“It is important to be tested regularly, particularly if you are a key worker. These centres are there to be used as regularly as you need to. Please check the website (below) regularly, so you know when we are in your area.
“Please remember that even if you have been vaccinated, it’s still important to get tested regularly.”
There is no need to book and testing is available seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, Thursday 18 March until Wednesday 24 March from Brisbane Centre, Bath Street, Largs KA30 8BL.
These sites are only for asymptomatic people. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.
Residents will be tested using lateral flow devices (LFD), which can give results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
Anyone with a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate. Dedicated support is available here to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial support.
Further advice and information on available support for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot.
Kenneth Gibson MSP added:
“A test only tells us if we are positive at the point in time that we are being tested. It does not mean we can stop following all of the rules and guidelines which are in place to protect all of us.
“The FACTS guidance remains as important as ever. This will help to protect our families, communities and the NHS.”
• F – Face coverings should be used in shops and on buses, trains, taxis and ferries. • A – Avoid crowded places. • C – Clean your hands frequently with soap and water. • T – Two metres – observe physical distancing. • S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.