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COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

COVID-19: latest update on how our services are affected and the support available

Community Testing

Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is now available for people without symptoms in South Ayrshire.

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government; NHS Scotland; The Army; and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

Residents who don't have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms (a new and continuous cough; high temperature; loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

There is no need to book. 

These sites are only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Residents will be tested using lateral flow devices (LFD), which can give people their results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

Those who receive a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate.

Dedicated support is available to South Ayrshire residents who need to self-isolate, including access to food and financial support. People who need help should call 01292 616101.

Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot.

For more information on Community Testing, please visit nhsinform.scot. 

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