Local MSP Maurice Corry has strongly welcomed the UK Government opening a new walk-in Covid testing site in Old Kilpatrick.
The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP says it is testament to the UK Government’s commitment to delivering testing throughout Scotland, in order to tackle the spread of Coronavirus.
He says the site at Napier Hall offers a perfect opportunity for anyone with symptoms to get tested, without having to rely on a car.
Commenting, Maurice Corry MSP said: “It is extremely welcome to see the UK Government open up a Covid testing site in Old Kilpatrick.
“It is testament to the UK Government’s commitment to provide as much testing facilities as possible across Scotland.
“This walk-in site at the Napier Hall is ideal for anyone who doesn’t have access to a car.
“If anyone is feeling any symptoms of the virus, then I’d urge them to get tested at this site as soon as possible, in order to stop the spread of the virus.”
In Scotland, the UK Government is providing all COVID testing and test processing outside of the NHS. Around two thirds of all daily tests are provided by the UK Government, in support of Scotland’s health services.
Tests must be booked in advance at: www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816. People should only book at test if they have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).
Health Minister Lord Bethell said:
“We continue to expand UK Government testing to make sure that everyone with symptoms can get a test, with our new walk-in sites making it even easier no matter where you live.
“This new site forms part of our UK testing network, which has the capacity to test more than a million people a week and is growing all the time.
“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today, and follow the advice of contact tracers if you are contacted to protect others around you and stop the spread of the virus.”
“This is a UK-wide effort and we are proud to be working with a number of partners to turn this ambition into a reality and roll out additional capacity to where it is needed.”