Asymptomatic Testing Site to be available in Maybole next week
Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing will be available in Maybole for people without symptoms from Tuesday 7 September.
The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government; Scottish Fire and Rescue; University of West of Scotland (UWS); and the three local authorities in Ayrshire and Arran, 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 continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.
Lynne McNiven, Director of Public Health for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains: "Testing will help us to identify more cases of the virus and give us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading.
"It is important that you are tested regularly - this means twice a week. This is really important if you are a key worker and must attend work. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still important that you get tested regularly, particularly if you are visiting a loved one in hospital or a care home, or if you are travelling to a Scottish island."
There is no need to book, and testing is available at Maybole Town Hall, High Street, Maybole KA19 7BZ on the following dates:
- Tuesday 7 September - 10.00am - 6.00pm
- Thursday 9 until Sunday 12 September (inclusive) - 10.00am - 6.00pm
This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via www.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.
Anyone who receives 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, pharmacy and financial support. People who need help should call 01292 616101 or visit https://beta.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/coronavirus .
Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot.
Lynne McNiven adds: "A test only tells us if we are positive at the point in time that we are being tested. So, it is important to test yourself twice a week. It only takes a few minutes to do the test, and you'll have the result in about 45 minutes.
"But remember getting vaccinated is likely to be the most important thing you do this year. If you've not already had the vaccine, visit one of our drop-in clinics. The vaccine is now available for 16 to 17 year olds too."
- F - Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis);
- A - Avoid crowded places;
- C - Clean your hands frequently, using water and soap whenever possible;
- T - Two metres - While you no longer need to stay two metres apart, please keep your distance if you can. Physical distancing will remain in healthcare settings such as hospitals;
- S - Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.