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Free rapid home testing kits available for everyone in Scotland

Free rapid home testing kits available for everyone in Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that from today (Monday 26th April) everyone in Scotland will be able to access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, even if they have no symptoms.  

Free lateral flow home test kits will be available for pick up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 3.30pm each day, or by ordering online or by phone, for people to test themselves twice-weekly.  

The expansion is aimed at finding cases that would otherwise go undetected, so anyone testing positive can self-isolate and avoid transmitting the virus to those around them.  It means anyone without COVID-19 symptoms who does not already have access to asymptomatic testing in their workplace or community can test themselves. This includes anyone planning travel to a Scottish island so they can test themselves before their journey.  

Each pack contains seven rapid lateral flow device tests that can provide results in around 30 minutes. A positive result means people should self-isolate with their household and order a PCR test to confirm the positive result.  

Further information can be found by visiting - https://www.gov.scot/news/regular-rapid-testing-for-everyone/


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