A new Covid-19 testing centre aimed at identifying positive cases among people showing no symptoms of the virus will open in Musselburgh on Friday, 30 April 2021.
Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but can still be infectious and pass on COVID-19 to loved ones, friends and others in the community. By getting tested – even if they feel fine – people from across East Lothian can help break chains of transmission in their local area.
The new community testing facility, funded by the Scottish Government, located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, opens from 12 pm - 6 pm on Friday, 30 April 2021. It will be open again from 11 am - 6 pm on Saturday. Thereafter the opening hours will be (Tuesday - Saturday) 11 am - 6 pm. No appointment is required.
The address is: 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 6RN
The facility, which is open to all East Lothian residents without symptoms, is expected to stay open for several months and is complemented by the deployment of mobile test units across several local communities. Getting tested is quick and easy and staff are on hand to help those attending.
People can also order free lateral flow home test kits test themselves twice-weekly. More information on the Scottish Government website.
Sharon Saunders, Head of Communities, East Lothian Council:
“The launch of this new facility for the people of East Lothian is another significant step in helping build on progress to suppress the spread of COVID-19 across our communities and move to an even less restrictive way of life.
“It’s great news that more and more people have been receiving vaccinations. But the reality is that the COVID-19 does still present a significant risk and, it’s possible to have and be spreading the virus without knowing it. Getting tested – even if you’ve received your vaccination – means you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.
“Please do your bit to help to reduce transmission of the virus.
“We only want people to get tested at this facility if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. This is really important, so if you have any of the main Covid-19 symptoms – a fever (high temperature), a new, continuous cough or loss of taste and/or smell – please book a test immediately at a different location via NHS Inform: Test and Protect"
What happens at the test?
- The facility at Stoneyhill and the mobile units are safe and secure and follow the strictest hygiene and cleaning guidelines. Staff will support and guide you throughout your visit.
- When you attend a site please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and continue to follow physical distancing guidance.
- The test you are taking is called a lateral flow test. You will be asked to register using your mobile phone. If you don’t have a phone, you will be assisted to register....