Statement from NHS Ayrshire & Arran Public Health
Situation – Increased Cases of COVID-19 on Arran
9th July 2021
You may be aware that there has been a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on Arran. This reflects recent increases across Scotland as a whole.
NHS Ayrshire & Arran’s Health Protection team within the Public Health Department are closely monitoring the situation and are in regular communication with healthcare providers on the island. In addition, we are providing information and support to hospitality settings and other businesses who have been affected.
We understand that this can have an impact on both individuals and businesses, so we have set out some information below around symptoms, testing and vaccination which to help to reduce further transmission of COVID-19.
Remain vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms
It is important that you remain vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms. If you feel unwell or develop symptoms at any time you should stay at home, self-isolate and arrange for a PCR test. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- new cough;
- high temperature (37.8 or above);
- and/or loss of taste and smell.
However, there may be other milder symptoms which can include sore throat, runny nose, headaches, vomiting and diarrhoea.
Testing on Arran
To arrange a PCR test on Arran, please call 01770 601033 between 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.
If you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, you can pick up some Lateral Flow Devices (LFDs) from Brodick Pharmacy. We encourage residents and visitors to test using LFDs regularly.
Additional Testing is being made available to those businesses impacted/affected.
Testing on the Mainland
To arrange a PCR test on the mainland, please visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or Call 119.
If you are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 and not been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/regular-rapid-coronavirus-tests-if-you-do-not-have-symptoms/ to find out more about LFD testing options.
We encourage residents of Ayrshire and Arran to get vaccinated. Being vaccinated is the best protection you can have against the virus and it will help us return to normal.
Vaccinations on Arran
A reminder that the 2nd dose vaccination clinic for residents aged 18-49 is the 31 July.
Vaccination on Mainland
Adults who have not yet had their vaccination or anyone who had their first dose 8 weeks ago can come forward on a drop in basis. You don’t have to wait for an appointment. For more information on centre locations visit https://www.nhsaaa.net/news/latest-news/covid-19-vaccine-drop-in-opportunities-in-ayrshire/
If you are a resident on Arran and receive your 2nd vaccine dose on the mainland, please remember to cancel your vaccine appointment scheduled for the 31 July.
Everyone in Ayrshire and Arran is reminded to remember the FACTS guidance:
Test before travel
If you are travelling to Arran (or any Scottish Island), you are encouraged to take two lateral flow tests for COVID-19 before you depart - one three days before you depart, and one on the day of departure. This is an important way to reduce the risk of bringing COVID-19 into island communities.
You can find more information on NHS Inform at: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19. You can find more information on the available support for self-isolation at https://www.nhsaaa.net/coronavirus-covid-19/support-for-self-isolation/ . Please call this number if you have any queries, 01292 559880 option 1 or the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
If you are a business, and considering closing as a result of an outbreak, please get in touch with the Health Protection Team within Public Health on 01292 885858 or email Clinical_HealthProtection_ControlRoom@aapct.scot.nhs.uk
Asymptomatic testing on Arran
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.”
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 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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