Rapid COVID-19 community testing available at Portree

Issued in partnership with NHS Highland

Rapid COVID-19 community testing will be available in Portree on Monday 31 May, Thursday 3 June and Friday 4 June.

The community testing programme offers rapid COVID-19 tests for people without symptoms.

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

Portree Bayfield Car Park

Monday 31 May 11:30am-4:30pm

Thursday 3 June 9:30am-4:30pm
Friday 4 June 9:30am-4:30pm

The mobile testing unit will also be operating an LFD Collect service, which makes packs of seven testing kits available to the public, to be taken away and used at home.

Asymptomatic testing means we can identify cases and stop the virus spreading, helping to protect our communities and the NHS. Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus have no symptoms but can still pass it on without realising it.

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, reducing risks and helping move towards reopening businesses.

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% protection against a virus.

The testing unit will be available on Monday 31 May, Thursday 3 June and Friday 4 June at Bayfield Car Park, Portree, IV15 9EW, and no appointment is necessary. When you arrive at the 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.

The test uses the Lateral Flow Device (LFD), is easy to administer and results don’t take long. 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.

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

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 (external link). 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, or mild 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. More testing helps to show us how the virus is spread and will help us reduce risk.”

People who have COVID-19 symptoms – new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste should not attend asymptomatic testing sites, nor should those who are currently self-isolating because they have been identified as a close contact, or those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days. Tests for people with COVID-19 symptoms can be arranged by visiting nhsinform.scot (external link) or by calling 119.

If you are asked to self-isolate and you are concerned about the financial impact:

  • Your employer should be able to assist you
  • You may be eligible/entitled to statutory sick pay
  • You may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant.

The Highland Council can co-ordinate a range of support including collection of your food shopping and prescriptions. More information is available by contacting the Council’s COVID-19 Helpline on 0300 303 1362.

Remember FACTS for a safer Scotland:

F – Face coverings
A – Avoid crowded places
C – Clean your hands regularly
T – Two metres distance
S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

28 May 2021