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Highland Council and NHS Highland announces that rapid coronavirus community testing available in Nairn and Inverness next week with two mobile testing units nicknamed Jabbernaut and Testalot


By Ian Duncan

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From left Chris Dowling of the Cairngorm Group, Dr Boyd Paters, the medical director at NHS Highland and Highland Council's chief executive Donna Manson, at the Jabbernaut launch.
From left Chris Dowling of the Cairngorm Group, Dr Boyd Paters, the medical director at NHS Highland and Highland Council's chief executive Donna Manson, at the Jabbernaut launch.

Rapid Covid-19 community testing will be available in Nairn and Inverness next week.

It will be available in Nairn from Tuesday to Friday and in Inverness from Wednesday to Friday.

The community testing programme offers rapid coronavirus tests for people without symptoms.

Highland Council and NHS Highland will plan and deliver community testing in the Highlands, wherever it is needed, to help people become confident in using the test kits and/or to help manage any local outbreak that may occur.

The mobile testing units, nicknamed Jabbernaut and Testalot, will be available for drop-in testing for anyone without symptoms at:

Testalot at Links Car Park, Cumming Street, Nairn IV12 4NQ on:

• Tuesday, June 15, 9.30am to 4.30pm;

• Wednesday, June 16, 9.30am to 4.30pm;

• Thursday, June 17, 9.30am to 4.30pm;

• Friday, June 18, 9:30am to 3:30pm.

Jabbernaut at Highland Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Rd, Inverness IV3 5PB on:

• Wednesday, June 16, 9.30am to 4.30pm;

• Thursday, June 17, 9.30am to 4.30pm;

• Friday, June 18, 9.30am to 1pm.

The mobile testing units will also be operating a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Collect service, which makes packs of seven testing kits available for free to the public, to be taken away and used at home.

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

The test uses the 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.

No appointment is necessary to receive a test. When you arrive at a mobile testing unit, you will first be asked to wait outside, before being registered and entering. You will then be escorted to a testing booth.

LFD tests for people without Covid-19 symptoms can also sent to your home, in packs of seven, by visiting the UK Government's coronavirus support page.

The LFD test is used in some workplaces already, including schools. If you already get tested through your workplace or education setting you should continue to use those routes.

Dr Tim Allison, the 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.”

While 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.

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 here or by calling 119.


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