28 March 2022

Aberdeenshire mobile testing and community collect programme to cease after April 14th

Aberdeenshire Council will cease its Covid mobile testing and community collect programme at close of play on Thursday, April 14.

The decision comes following the recent Scottish Government announcement confirming that people without Covid symptoms will no longer be asked to take regular lateral flow tests from Monday, April 18. Our programme will end on the previous Thursday (as Friday 15 is a public holiday).

It forms part of the Test and Protect Transition Plan which sets out how testing will become more targeted, with the aim of reducing serious harm from Covid.

The changes to Test and Protect mean that from April 18th:

The operation throughout Aberdeenshire have been tremendously well-received:

In addition to operating pop-up test centres, the council converted three mobile library vehicles to enable residents to undertake lateral flow tests safely in their own communities without the need for lengthy travel.

The service also enabled us to pro-actively respond to areas which had experienced increases in detected Covid cases.

Ritchie Johnson, director of Business Services, said: “On behalf of Aberdeenshire Council I would like to thank all those staff who have supported community testing – both at the initial Peterhead Test Centre launched in February last year and laterally on the region-wide programme. By testing those without symptoms and by encouraging a strong take-up of lateral flow kits, you have ensured Aberdeenshire’s communities remained vigilant and safe.

“And I would also thank all our partners including NHS Grampian, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, local businesses and, of course, all those residents who made every effort to keep both themselves, their families, colleagues and others safe during the pandemic by visiting our centres, taking the tests and collecting kits.”