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Fire station COVID-19 testing expanded

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Testing kits for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are now available for collection from fire stations across Highland and Argyll & Bute.

Participating stations include:

Acharacle

Arrochar

Broadford

Campbeltown

Cove

Dornoch

Dunoon

Fort Augustus

Fort William

Gairloch

Grantown-on-Spey

Kingussie

Lairg

Lochcarron

Lochgilphead

Portree

Rothesay

Tarbert

Thurso

Tongue

Ullapool

People within driving or walking distance of these locations who have COVID symptoms will be able to collect test kits from these stations.

Tests can be booked from today by calling NHS Highland on 01463 706015.

Instructions will be supplied with the test kits, which can then be returned the same day using a nearby priority post box.

Earlier this month Public Health Minister Mairi Gougeon announced that access to coronavirus (COVID-19) testing would be expanded to 21 fire stations in remote and rural areas of Scotland, following the success of trials in Thurso and Lochgilphead.

Ms Gougeon said: “The expansion of our fire station testing programme will make it far easier for people in these areas to get tested. I am very grateful to the SFRS, Argyll and Bute Council, Highland Council, and NHS Highland for their support to make this possible, following the success of our initial trial.

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring people with COVID symptoms can easily access a test no matter where they are in the country, and we will continue to work with the UK Government and local partners to improve access to COVID testing in remote and rural areas.”

Assistant Chief Officer Stuart Stevens, Director of Service Delivery for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "We are pleased that the success of the initial trial in Thurso and Lochgilphead now means that many more fire stations can assist rural communities to access COVID-19 tests closer to home.

"Our staff have shown a real commitment to providing this service, whilst maintaining a capability to respond to emergencies, and I want to personally thank them for their ongoing efforts.

"We will continue to support the Scottish Government, our partners and communities wherever possible through this pandemic.”

 

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