Kirriemuir residents encouraged to get tested as mobile testing van extends stay

Following an increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in the Kirriemuir area, the drop-in community testing site for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 will stay in Kirriemuir today and over the weekend.

The mobile testing van is open today between 10.30am and 4pm in the car park of Kirrie Connections. The van will now remain in Kirriemuir this Saturday and Sunday to allow local people to get tested, even if they have no symptoms.

The testing vans will not visit Montrose or Carnoustie this weekend however other locations across Tayside are available for anyone without symptoms who would like to get tested.

The testing vans will return to their usual timetable on Monday, 7 June.

The new timetable for the mobile testing vans will be:

Angus 10:30am until 4pm Day
Arbroath – Stanley Street Car Park Monday
Monifieth – Riverview Car Park (football pitches) Tuesday
Brechin – Maisondieu West Car Park Wednesday
Forfar – East Greens Car Park Thursday
Kirriemuir – Kirrie Connections Care Park Friday
Kirriemuir – Kirrie Connections Care Park Saturday
Kirriemuir – Kirrie Connections Care Park Sunday

Dr Emma Fletcher, NHS Tayside Director of Public Health said, “I would strongly encourage everyone to get tested even if you do not have any symptoms. 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.

“We know the new variant that is currently circulating across Tayside is more infectious so please take advantage of the testing facilities and help keep everyone safe.”

The testing sites are walk-in and there is no need to book an appointment. However, to make the process quicker, you can book in advance and pre-register your details by phoning 0300 303 2713.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

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.

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 www.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

Background:

Anyone with the symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go online to nhsinform.scot to book a test or call 0800 028 2816 if you cannot get online.

How to self-isolate effectively – information and support for people who are asked to self-isolate because of COVID-19 is available from nhsinform.scot.

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 symptoms