Brechin public urged to support mobile testing vans

The mobile testing van has been unable to operate in Brechin over recent weeks
due to traffic cones and signage around the testing zone being moved.

The mobile testing van offering Lateral Flow Device testing for COVID-19 to the people of Brechin
usually attends the Maisondieu West Car Park on a Wednesday from 10.30am until 4pm.

There has been an ongoing issue for a number of months with the removal of traffic cones and signage
which are put in place by Angus Council to safely zone off the area where the van operates. The cones
and signage are put in place on Tuesday evening in the area which has been agreed with Angus
Council and risk-assessed as safe for the British Red Cross (BRC), who operate the mobile testing
vans.

Overnight, somebody in the local community is moving the cones and signage to the East Car Park to
an area which has not been approved as safe to use. When the BRC team arrives on Wednesday
morning, cars are parked in the West Car Park area meaning that the van cannot operate and the
people of Brechin do not have the opportunity to be tested locally for COVID-19.

Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside said, “We are seeing high
numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Scotland and in Tayside so it is more important than ever that the
mobile testing vans are able to operate in our communities to identify people who are carrying the virus.

“It is very disappointing that what I’m sure is a very small number of people in Brechin are preventing the
testing team from providing this important service to the town. I would urge the community to pull
together and to support the service to operate as planned.

“Getting tested regularly for COVID-19 even if you don’t have symptoms is one of the ways to keep our
communities safe as restrictions ease – even if you have had both doses of the vaccine.

“Regular testing helps us to find positive cases in people who have no symptoms, but who are still
infectious. If people who test positive and their contacts self-isolate, we can break the chain of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19. I would encourage everyone to make regular use of the
testing services on offer.”

 

Additional information:
The mobile testing vans offer Lateral Flow Device testing with results available within an hour. The vans
are available for anyone who does not have symptoms (also known as being asymptomatic). The mobile
testing sites offer self-administered tests and are walk-in and there is no need to book an appointment.
However, to make the process quicker, you can book in advance and pre-register your details by
phoning 119.

Anyone who tests positive following an LFD test will be asked to attend for a PCR test to confirm their
result and must self-isolate whilst they await their result.

The mobile units are operated by staff from British Red Cross who will support anyone attending through
the quick and painless testing procedure. Full instructions for taking the test will be provided.

People who have any COVID-19 symptoms – a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in,
sense of smell or taste – should not attend the asymptomatic testing sites, nor should those who are
currently self-isolating because they have been identified as a close contact, or those who have tested
positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should self-isolate and book a test at nhsinform.scot or by
calling 0800 028 2816.

In addition to the mobile testing vans, there are other ways for people in Tayside to get tested. More
information on the testing programme is available at www.covidtayside.scot.nhs.uk and
www.taysidecares.co.uk including videos of how to take a test and an FAQ document.

 

Permanent testing venues
PCR Testing is also available across Tayside every day from 8am to 8pm for anyone whether you have
symptoms or not. People can book a test via nhsinform.scot or by calling 119.

Collect a test
You can also collect a rapid test kit (LFD) from the permanent testing venues. LFD kits to self-test at
home are now also available from community pharmacies. People can find out which pharmacies are
taking part by going to NHS inform, following a link and entering their postcode.