Pitlochry COVID-19 Assessment Hub: FAQ
Updated: May 20
A Temporary COVID-19 Assessment Hub is now set up in Pitlochry, running until Friday 22nd May at the Car Park of the Council Housing Offices on Atholl Road.
Who is eligible for testing?
On Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that everyone over the age of five who is showing coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a coronavirus test in the UK. The Scottish Government has confirmed this also applies to Scotland (https://www.gov.scot/news/expansion-of-covid-19-testing/). This expansion means anyone with coronavirus symptoms over the age of five, over-65's, key workers and anyone who cannot work from home can get tested at the Pitlochry Assessment Hub.
What are the coronavirus symptoms?
The four UK Chief Medical Officers for each respective nation have released a joint statement which confirms another symptom. They say:
“All individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.
We have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence on COVID-19 and after thorough consideration, we are now confident enough to recommend this new measure.
The individual’s household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste.”
So, if you develop a new continuous cough OR fever OR a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste, you and members of your household must follow self-isolation guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.
More information can be found: https://www.gov.scot/news/update-to-coronavirus-symptoms/
How do I book a test?
Tests can be booked online: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
For those unable to access the portal, call 0300 303 2713. If you book a test you will be offered a test at the centre closest to your own postcode. The Pitlochry mobile testing hub will move Friday 22nd May.
Home test kits are also an option for people who can’t get to one of the test sites.
Do I have to book ahead for the Pitlochry Assessment Hub, or can I just show up?
We've asked this question to the Army Press Office, who has said:
"The expected and preferred route is to book online before attending the site. In some instances, people looking to be tested have arrived without this prior booking process completed. Rather than turning these people away, soldiers on site have allowed them to remain and complete the online booking process using their own IT (eg smartphone) and then, after completing the online system, they are being tested when a slot becomes available."
Remember a friend can book a test for you, if you do not have the appropriate means at home.
Heartland FM spoke to our MP Pete Wishart who answered some other questions for us: