Peterhead gets Covid testing centre for people without symptoms
Community testing for people without Covid-19 symptoms is being introduced at six locations in Grampian, including Peterhead, to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Grampian and Fife were named as the two regions where this form of testing is to be trialled in an announcement by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman.
NHS Grampian is working with the local authorities in Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen City and Moray to establish Community Asymptomatic Testing (CAT) centres in Peterhead, Old Aberdeen, Buckie, Lossiemouth, Forres and Elgin.
The sites will begin offering tests from mid-February using lateral flow devices, which provide people with rapid results – typically around 30 minutes.
Public health director Susan Webb said: “About one third of people who have Covid-19 don’t experience any symptoms, so this is an important milestone in the expansion of Grampian’s testing that may help us to contain and suppress the virus.
“Once the sites are operational, we will be asking people to make use of them if they are concerned that they may have been placed at increased risk in order to provide an additional method of detection.”
Community Asymptomatic Testing for Covid-19 may provide you with additional peace of mind if your work places you at increased risk, you have found it difficult to socially distance when visiting somewhere or you are classed as vulnerable.
However, a negative result is a snapshot in time and people should continue observing FACTS guidance to protect themselves and others – wear a Face covering, Avoid crowds, Clean your hands, stay Two metres apart and Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Andy Kille said: “Towns like Peterhead, and other settlements of that size, remain vulnerable to the spread of Covid-19, so we are mobilising teams to support this programme. Testing people with no symptoms could provide an insight into the spread of virus and putting resilient communities like Peterhead at the heart of the fight back against the virus.”
Anyone testing positive with a lateral flow test will have their result confirmed using a PCR test so that they can self-isolate to help stop the spread.