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Mobile Covid-19 testing programme locations confirmed for next week in Aberdeenshire

By David Porter

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Aberdeenshire Council’s mobile testing programme providing lateral flow self-tests for those without Covid symptoms continues week commencing July 26 at the following locations from 10am to 3pm.

You can also collect personal lateral flow test kits from the mobile testing centres.

As well as our vehicles, they will also operate additional pop-ups at some locations:

Monday - Oldmeldrum – Meldrum Community Campus bus park; Peterhead Academy Prince Street staff car park (pop-up); Kemnay Academy front car park.

Tuesday - The Gordon Schools, Huntly; Westhill Academy upper staff car park.

Wednesday - Banff Academy (pop-up); Fraserburgh Academy; Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk.

Thursday - Fraserburgh Academy (pop-up); Turriff Primary School car park; Stonehaven - Mackie Academy bus park.

Friday - Ellon Library car park; Banchory Academy.

Saturday - Peterhead Academy Prince Street staff car park; Inverurie Community Campus school loading bay.

Sunday - No service.

There is no need to book a visit and details of locations, dates and times can be accessed on the council website at: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/community-testing

The new mobile testing centres will adhere to strict Covid-secure measures and are being manned by Aberdeenshire Council staff who have been trained and supported by health partners.

You should not attend the Mobile Testing Units if you:

• Have Covid symptoms

• Have had a positive test in the last 90 days,

• Are currently self-isolating as a close contact or are a shielder

It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms and therefore some individuals will be spreading the virus without realising it. Testing without symptoms is entirely voluntarily but we urge as many people to do it as possible.

By visiting the mobile centres and taking the test, residents will be able to better protect their family, colleagues and the wider community by ensuring they are not spreading the virus to others without knowing it.

People attending will be asked to self-test by taking a swab sample from the back of their throat and nose.

Once tested they will be asked to return home and wait for their results which will take around 30 minutes.

Anyone testing positive with this lateral flow test will be notified directly by the NHS and must immediately self-isolate and book a test online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or call 0300 303 2713.

There is support for those needing to isolate - call the Grampian Assistance Hub for more information on 0808 196 3384.

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