Community Testing for COVID-19 begins in Perth & Kinross

Residents of Perth & Kinross who are not symptomatic of COVID-19 have access to self-administered testing kits.

Mobile testing vans are visiting the Perth & Kinross area, rotating their location daily and provide self-administered PCR swab tests to those who do not have symptoms of coronavirus.

NHS Tayside Director of Public Health, Dr Emma Fletcher said: “Not everyone who has the virus will have symptoms, so people could be spreading the disease without knowing it. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms but could potentially be passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and the wider community.

“By getting tested at one of the local units, you can find out if you have COVID-19 even if you have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus.

“If we can find and isolate more positive cases, we can drive down the incidence of the virus in the community and get us closer to being able to return to doing the things we have all missed. 

“There is help available to support you to self-isolate if you need it, so please come along and get tested.”

No appointments are required to visit the mobile testing sites. However, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should continue to book a test in the usual way, via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Testing sites in Perth & Kinross run from 10am until 4pm, and can be found at:

Monday – Pitlochry Area Offices/Library

Tuesday – Aberfeldy Community Fire Station

Wednesday – Atholl Street Car Park, Dunkeld

Thursday – Davie Park, Blairgowrie

Friday – Auchterarder Fire Station

Saturday – Kinross Fire Station

Sunday – Perth Community Fire Station

The mobile testing units are safe and secure, with strict hygiene measures in place. Staff on site will support people through the testing process which involves self-administering a swab test. Full instructions will be provided. Testing is quick and easy with results communicated to people by text message 24 to 48 hours after the test.

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government, NHS Tayside, Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross Councils, Scottish Ambulance Service and the British Red Cross aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly.

Anyone who receives a positive 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 support. Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot or www.taysidecares.co.uk

More information on the testing programme is available at www.covidtayside.scot.nhs.uk and www.taysidecares.co.uk

Remember FACTS for a safer Scotland: 

F – Face coverings

A – Avoid crowded places

C – Clean your hands regularly

T – Two metres distance

S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptom

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