Covid Updates

Asymptomatic testing on Arran

It is now even easier to access rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for those without symptoms on Arran, with a collection point available to pick up testing kits.

The community testing initiative aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

Those living on Arran who don’t have any of the three COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

Lisa Davidson, Assistant Director of Public Health for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains: “Testing will help us to identify more cases of the virus and give us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading.

“It is important that you are tested regularly, particularly if you are a key worker and must attend work. Even if you have been vaccinated, it is still important that you get tested regularly. This is particularly important if you are visiting a loved one in hospital or a care home.”

From Tuesday 25 May, those without symptoms (asymptomatic) can pick up a lateral flow device (LFD) test kit from the Ormidale Pavilion, Manse Road, Brodick, Monday to Thursday between 11am and 3.30pm.

Alternatively, you can arrange to have a LFD test kit delivered to your home. To order a test, visit https://test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/order-lateral-flow-kits/. Your order will contain one pack with seven LFD tests inside, and it will be delivered to your home in one to two days.

These kits are only for people without symptoms. Anyone on Arran with COVID-19 symptoms, or anyone who has been identified as a close contact, should book a test in the usual way by calling 01770 601033.

Testing using lateral flow devices can give people their results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

Anyone who receives a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate. Dedicated support is available to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial support: https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/Coronavirus.aspx

Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from www.nhsinform.scot.

Lisa Davidson adds: “A test only tells us if we are positive at the point in time that we are being tested. It does not mean that we can stop following all of the rules and guidelines which are in place to protect all of us.

“The FACTS guidance remains as important as ever. This will help to protect our families, communities and the NHS.”

  • F – Face coverings. These should be used in shops and on public transport (buses, trains and taxis)
  • A – Avoid crowded places.
  • C – Clean your hands frequently, using water & soap whenever possible.
  • T – Two metres – observe physical distancing.
  • S – Self-isolate and book a test if you are suffering from COVID-19 symptoms.

COVID-19 vaccination programme – Arran update


Statement by Ruth Betley - 
Senior Manager, Arran Service, North Ayrshire HSCP

 

Plans are being firmed up for the next stage of the vaccination programme on the Isle of Arran, which will see the under 50s invited to roll up their sleeve to get their vaccine against COVID-19. This is in line with Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) guidance.

Clinics are scheduled at Arran High School for 22 May 2021 from 9am to 5pm. Only people registered with the Arran Medical Group will be eligible for vaccination and patients will be contacted either by letter or phone call regarding their scheduled appointment. If you are living on the island temporarily for the next three months and require a vaccine please contact the Practice to register as a temporary resident.

In line with recent updated advice regarding very rare side effects of the AstraZeneca vaccine, under 30s will be offered an alternative vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccine offers the best protection against the negative effects of the virus and it is recommended you take the opportunity to receive it when offered. Remember that after vaccination it is still important that locals and visitors to the island continue to make use of the testing facilities available to them if they develop symptoms or they are in close contact with a positive case and follow the FACTS guidance to help protect our communities from the spread of the virus.

Covid 19 Vaccine Status

Important information regarding obtaining your Covid vaccination record. 

To receive a print-out of your status please follow the steps below. (If you have recently had your vaccination then your record may not be updated as yet.)

If you do not have log in details you can go on to the NHS inform website and input your name, DOB and date of first vaccine and it then registers you an account on the system. 

·         Go onto www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status

·         Click on recover username

·         Input Name, DOB, Postcode and date of first vaccination

·         The system then provides you with a username and asks you to complete registration

·         Once registration complete your vaccination record should be visible

Arran Medical Group - COVID19 Updates & Testing Information

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Patient information leaflet can be downloaded by clicking the image to the right.

Timetable for easing coronavirus restrictions