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Community testing begins in North Ayrshire

Posted on 19 Feb 2021

Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is available for people without symptoms in North Ayrshire.

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, The Army, and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

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

There is no need to book, and testing will be available for a two-week period, seven days a week, from Wednesday 24 February 2021 as follows:

  • Castlepark Community Centre, Irvine – 10 am to 6 pm  

This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via 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.

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

Dedicated support is available to North Ayrshire residents who need to self-isolate, including access to food and financial support. People who need help should call 01294 310000. 

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

Key things to remember: 

  • This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816
  • Residents will be tested using lateral flow devices (LFD), which can give results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by PCR test
  • Anyone who receives a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate. Dedicated support is available to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial support should visit  North Ayrshire Council’s COVID 19 information page
  • Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from nhsinform.scot