Rapid Covid community testing available in Fort William this week

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Rapid Covid-19 community testing for people without symptoms is available all this week in Fort William until 1pm tomorrow (Friday).

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

Covid-19 mobile clinics are being deployed in communities throughout the Highland region, with staff and volunteers who can assist in administering the test.

The deployment to Fort William is not due to any particular outbreak.

The mobile testing unit ‘Testalot’ will be available for drop-in LFD testing for anyone without symptoms at:

Middle Street car park, in Fort William’s Middle Street, today (Thursday) from 9am-4pm and tomorrow (Friday) from 9am-1pm. No appointment is necessary to receive an LFD test.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health with NHS Highland, said: ‘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.’