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Free lateral flow tests available for hospital or care home visitors


By Kyle Ritchie

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It remains possible for people who are visiting relatives or friends in hospitals or care homes to order free lateral flow device tests.

Test kits can be obtained by completing an online form on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119, which is available seven days a week from 7am to 11pm.

Nurse lead for person centred visiting in NHS Grampian Lyn Pirie said: “We know hospital patients and care home residents benefit enormously from being able to spend time with family and friends.

Lateral flow device test kits are available to order for free for people visiting relatives or friends in hospitals or care homes.
Lateral flow device test kits are available to order for free for people visiting relatives or friends in hospitals or care homes.

"We want people to do this as safely as possible and would strongly encourage visitors to continue with lateral flow device testing.

“I would also remind potential visitors Covid-19 is not the only risk. If they are experiencing vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle aches, coughing, sneezing, and/or sore throats, they should postpone planned visits.”

Free test kits, comprising seven tests, can be ordered online for home delivery at www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Test kits typically take three days to arrive once ordered.


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