John Welcomes Rural Testing Expansion

Welcoming the announcement that 21 rural fire stations across the NHS Highland area are to be used as testing sites, following successful trials at Thurso and Lochgilphead, John said:

“The Scottish Greens have consistently highlighted the importance of testing throughout the pandemic, as part of a robust test, trace and isolate system. It is essential that everyone who develops symptoms can easily access a test. The use of rural fire stations to increase testing capability across Highland and Argyll and Bute is a sensible approach and one that I very much welcome. I know my constituents will appreciate not having to wait on home testing kits once these facilities are in place.”

The full list of fire stations participating, what type of testing will be available and from when can be seen below.

Local authority areaLocationTest site typeStart date
HighlandThursoSmall scale test siteAlready operational
Argyll & ButeLochgilpheadSmall scale test siteAlready operational
Argyll & ButeDunoonSmall scale test siteFrom 09/02/2021
Argyll & ButeCampbeltownSmall scale test siteFrom 09/02/2021

Dates to be confirmed:

Local authority areaLocationTest site typeStart date
HighlandDornochSmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandUllapoolSmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandPortreeSmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandBroadfordSmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandFort WilliamSmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandKingussiePick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandGranton-on-SpeySmall scale test siteBy mid-March
HighlandFort AugustusPick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandAcharaclePick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandLochcarronPick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandGairlochPick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandLairgPick-up only test siteBy mid-March
HighlandTonguePick-up only test siteBy mid-March
Argyll & ButeRothesaySmall scale test siteBy mid-March
Argyll & ButeTarbert (Loch Fyne)Small scale test siteBy mid-March
Argyll & ButeCove (Loch Long)Small scale test siteBy mid-March
Argyll & ButeArrocharPick-up only test siteBy mid-March