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PICTURES: Rapid Covid-19 community testing centre 'Moves Like Jagger' now open at Inverness Fairways


By Louise Glen

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Member of public having been tested in Moves Like Jagger in Inverness.
Member of public having been tested in Moves Like Jagger in Inverness.

Rapid Covid-19 community testing will be available at Inverness Fairways from today, until Friday July 23 – between 9.30am - 4.30pm each day.

The Highland Council and NHS Highland are delivering community testing in the Highlands to help people become confident in using the Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test kits.

The deployment to this area in Inverness is not due to any particular outbreak, it is to provide access to the service in an area not previously visited by a mobile testing unit.

Moves Like Jagger in Inverness Business and Retail Park for testing.
Moves Like Jagger in Inverness Business and Retail Park for testing.

The mobile testing unit Moves Like Jagger will be available for drop-in LFD testing for anyone without symptoms at Fairways Car Park, Slackbuie, between 9:30am-4:30pm each day.

The test uses the Lateral Flow Device (LFD).

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

Member of public having been tested in Moves Like Jagger in Inverness.
Member of public having been tested in Moves Like Jagger in Inverness.

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

A Highland Council spokesman said: "By taking a rapid LFD test twice a week, we can help our community, families and friends stay safe and slow down the spread of coronavirus. Tracking down cases of the virus earlier will limit the spread of new variants.

"If you have been vaccinated, you should still consider getting tested.

"While vaccines reduce the risk of infection after 14-21 days, people who have been vaccinated could still become infected. No vaccine provides 100 per cent protection against a virus."

Moves Like Jagger in Inverness Business and Retail Park for testing.
Moves Like Jagger in Inverness Business and Retail Park for testing.

He continued: "No appointment is necessary to receive an LFD 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. Guidance will be given on how to take the test, and there is no need to wait on-site to receive your result.

"The mobile testing unit will also be operating an LFD Collect service, which makes packs of seven testing kits available for free to the public, to be taken away and used at home. If you are visiting a mobile clinic it is advised to take a test on-site, to familiarise yourself with the process, before taking a pack home."

Free LFD tests for people without Covid-19 symptoms are also available to collect from pharmacies in packs of seven, and can be sent to your home by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing, or by calling 119.

Staff members with Moves Like Jagger in Portree.
Staff members with Moves Like Jagger in Portree.

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.

Convener of Highland Council, Bill Lobban said: “In Highland we now have three mobile testing units available to travel to identified locations with a team of trained staff to deliver testing for people without symptoms.

"Our mobile units can be deployed wherever needed. If mobile units come to your area we encourage you to make use of the testing facilities as this will enable quick detection of any localised cases of Covid-19. It also offers reassurance for anyone concerned about potentially being an asymptomatic carrier of the virus.”

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.

Testalot in Nairn Links Car Park for testing.
Testalot in Nairn Links Car Park for testing.

“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.”

The spokesman continued: "The community testing programme offers rapid Covid-19 tests for people without symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you should not visit a Covid-19 Mobile Clinic.

"Instead, you should self-isolate immediately and seek a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. Symptoms include new continuous cough, fever, or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

"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.

"Whilst the unit is being deployed, anyone that has symptoms of Covid-19, or has been identified as a close contact of Covid-19, will not be tested on-site and 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 also be arranged by visiting nhsinform.scot/testing or by calling 119.

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