Rapid COVID-19 Community Testing Available in Aviemore

Rapid COVID-19 community testing will be available in Aviemore from Wednesday 2 June to Friday 4 June.

The community testing programme offers rapid COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms, and has been asked by NHS Highland to deploy a mobile asymptomatic testing unit in Aviemore from Wednesday 2 June to Friday 4 June.

There have been small clusters of cases and the people traced to these clusters are isolating.

Whilst the unit is being deployed, anyone that has symptoms of COVID-19, or has been identified as a close contact of COVID-19, must access PCR testing.

At this point, there is no evidence of wider community transmission.

The testing will help identify any asymptomatic cases that may occur, and allow people to become confident in using the test kits.

The mobile testing unit will be available for drop-in testing for anyone without symptoms at:

Aviemore Retail Park, Grampian Road, Aviemore PH22 1RH

Wednesday 2 June 9am-6pm

Thursday 3 June 9am-6pm

Friday 4 June 9am-6pm

The testing process takes ten minutes, and results are usually sent within an hour, though may occasionally take up to 24 hours.

The test uses the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and is easy to administer.

Results will be sent by text and/or email to those attending, so there is no need to stay on site.

Guidance is provided on what to do if a test is negative, positive or unclear.

By getting tested, you can help your community, families and friends stay safe and slow down the spread of coronavirus. It also helps to show us how the virus is spread.

The LFD test is used in some workplaces already, including schools.

The Government announced LFD testing as a universal service and guidance on how people can access that is now available.

If you already get tested through your workplace or education setting you should continue to use those routes.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said:

“Many people who have coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms, and will be spreading it without realising.

By expanding community testing we will be able to identify more cases giving us a better chance of stopping COVID-19 from spreading.

“Testing for those without symptoms, asymptomatic testing, will help us to identify those who are positive but do not have symptoms.

“We can then advise them to self-isolate and therefore prevent spread.

“Anyone that tests positive with an LFD needs to get a confirmatory PCR test.

“More testing helps to show us how the virus is spread and will help us reduce risk.”

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and seek a PCR test.

Symptoms include new continuous cough, fever, or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

If you have symptoms, you should not use an LFD test.

Similarly, you should not attend asymptomatic testing sites if you are currently self-isolating because you have been identified as a close contact, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days

PCR tests for people with COVID-19 symptoms can be arranged by visiting nhsinform.scot or by calling 119.

PCR tests are also available at Grantown and Kingussie Fire Stations, for more information call Rural Testing at 01463 706 015.