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Army sets up Covid-19 test centre in Stranraer

Military personnel will carry out tests

A MILITARY centre to allow key workers who think they may have Coronavirus to get tested opens in Stranraer tomorrow. The pop-up centre – which is for pre-booked workers only – is part of ramping up of testing by the UK Government to make sure key staff can work safe in the knowledge they are free of Covid-19. It comes after MSP Finlay Carson raised concerns over the lack of a testing site in the area. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP highlighted that out of the 43 testing sites available in all four nations of the United Kingdom, the nearest for many in Wigtownshire might actually be in Northern Ireland. He wrote to the Health Secretaries in both the UK and Scottish Governments highlighting the issue as well as a report showing that rural and remote areas could be disproportionately affected by the virus. Mr Carson said: "A recent report highlighted how rural and remote areas could be disproportionately affected by Covid-19 showing the importance of having easily accessible testing sites." News of the military pop-up came late on Thursday and Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland and MP for Dumfries and Galloway, said: "It's great news that the MoD are setting up a mobile Coronavirus testing unit in Stranraer. "That means that more local keyworkers will be able to book tests, so that more of them can get back to work on the front line. "The UK's military are playing a vital role, right across Scotland, in helping to tackle this pandemic. We are all very grateful to them for their contribution.” The UK government has established a new network of Covid testing facilities for key workers. The programme runs alongside the existing programme of testing in the NHS for clinical purposes and testing of key workers in health and social care. Testing will allow symptomatic key workers and their household members to know whether or not they have the virus. This will in turn keep essential services running. All symptomatic people categorised as key workers and members of their household can be tested at the pop-up site but only those pre-registered and confirmed as key workers can be checked. You can check your eligibility against a Scottish Government checklist online and, if you qualify and have symptoms you think might be Covid-19, seeks a booing at: https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ Employers can register at portalservicedesk@dhsc.gov.uk

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