Interference with van site prevents Covid testing in Brechin

Brechiners are being denied the opportunity to take Covid-19 tests in the town due to interference with NHS Tayside’s designated mobile testing sites.

Tuesday, 14th September 2021, 7:00am
Interference with van site prevents Covid testing in Brechin
Cones and signs set out to mark the risk-assessed safe zone for the testing van are again being moved overnight.

The health authority’s testing van, offering Lateral Flow Device tests, usually parks in the Maisondieu West Car Park on Wednesdays but there has been a persistent problem in recent weeks, and over the last few months, with traffic cones and signs around the testing zone being moved.

The problem arises because the signs, placed by Angus Council on Tuesday evenings, mark out risk-assessed sites where the British Red Cross (BRC) crew who operate the mobile testing van, can work safely.

Overnight, somebody in the local community is moving them 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 that, with the number of cases of the virus spiking across Scotland, now is not the time to interfere with the delivery of Covid-19 tests.

He 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, 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 on offer.”

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