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Based at Fluthers Car Park, the site will provide testing for members of the public with COVID-19 symptoms.

Additionally, members of the public without symptoms are also being encouraged to get tested.

Not everyone with COVID-19 has symptoms but they could still be infectious and spreading the virus. By providing testing for the local population as a whole – whether symptomatic or not – cases can be identified and the spread of the virus reduced.

Provided by National Services Scotland and staffed by the Scottish Ambulance Service, the mobile testing unit will visit the area for a two-week period, providing the community with easy access to testing.

Testing is by appointment, to arrange a test members of the public should call 0800 028 2816 or book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

On the online booking form, members of the public without symptoms should select ‘my council or health protection team has asked me to get a test’.

Dona Milne, NHS Fife’s Director of Public Health said: “Testing continues to be a really important part of our response to COVID, alongside the vaccination programme.

“We are using the most up-to-date data to determine, firstly, where there is a testing need and, secondly, which kind of testing provides the most benefit to particular communities. That might be local access to symptomatic testing, asymptomatic testing or a combination of both.

“Whilst the unit will provide testing for those with symptoms, we’re also encouraging those who do not currently have symptoms to get tested at the unit. One in three people with COVID don’t display symptoms and by asking those in the local and surrounding areas to get tested we can get a clearer picture of cases within the area.

“Through the identification of positive cases and having people self-isolate if they do have the virus, we can reduce the spread and protect our loved ones, friends and the wider community.”

The mobile unit will operate from 10am to 6pm, seven days a week. Safe and secure, the strictest hygiene measures are in place on-site.

Members of the public will be asked to take a PCR test, which involves taking a throat and nose swab, full instructions will be provided.

The test will be analysed in a laboratory with results available within a day or so.

People who test positive will be asked to self-isolate in line with national guidance.

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Issued: 14 April 202