Army COVID-19 testing back in Oban

Soldiers carry out COVID-19 testing in the car park of Oban's hospital.

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COVID-19 testing by an army unit at Oban’s Lorn and The Islands Hospital is expected to carry on until Sunday.

The unit set up the testing station yesterday but its stay could be cut short if not enough people book appointments.

Military testing units have the capacity to deal with 3,000 tests a day and expect to spend up to five days at each site but plans can change depending on uptake or deployment needs elsewhere.

This is the unit’s second time in Oban and testing has now been widened to be available for anyone over the age of five years old with coronavirus symptoms, along with their household members.

To check if you meet the criteria, apply for an appointment or get more information go on to the UK Government website at

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership has flagged up the latest testing location on all its social media pages.

A HSCP spokesperson said it was important to get the message out to people that mobile testing is happening in the community but stressed they can not just turn up, they have to go through the government website first.