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Covid-19 testing site to reopen in Troon as cases rise across Ayrshire

Rapid coronavirus testing will be available in Troon for people without symptoms from next Tuesday.

The community testing initiative aims to drive down local Covid-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly.

Residents who don’t have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms – a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell – are encouraged to get tested.

Lynne McNiven, director of public health for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, said: “Testing will help us to identify more cases of the virus and give us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading.

“It is important that you are tested regularly – this means twice a week.

“This is really important if you are a key worker and must attend work.

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“Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still important that you get tested regularly, particularly if you are visiting a loved one in hospital or a care home, or if you are travelling to a Scottish island.”

There is no need to book and testing is available at the following location from Tuesday, September 14 until Sunday, September 19:

Troon Concert Hall, Municipal Buildings, South Beach, Troon KA10 6EF from 10am to 6pm.

This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with Covid-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via www.nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Residents will be tested using lateral flow devices (LFD), which can give people their results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Anyone who receives a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate.

Dedicated support is available to South Ayrshire residents who need to self-isolate, including access to food, pharmacy and financial support.

People who need help should call (01292) 616101 or visit https://beta.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot

Ms McNiven adds: “A test only tells us if we are positive at the point in time that we are being tested.

“So, it is important to test yourself twice a week. It only takes a few minutes to do the test, and you’ll have the result in about 45 minutes.

“But remember getting vaccinated is likely to be the most important thing you do this year. If you’ve not already had the vaccine, visit one of our drop-in clinics. The vaccine is now available for 16 to 17 year-olds too.”

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