Last week Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that lateral flow tests will be free and available to anyone in Scotland from Monday the 26th of April.
To be eligible for these tests you need to:
- Not have any symptoms of COVID-19
- To be at least 18 years old
- You are not currently self-isolating
- You are unable to get tests elsewhere- work, school, college etc
You can order tests from the government website, if you are collecting tests you can collect two packs which is 14 tests in total.
If you’re unable to order online, you can order via telephone for free, by dialling 119. This line is open from 7am -11pm. Advice on the government website advises that rapid lateral flow test help identify cases of those who do not show symptoms of COVID-19, however, are infectious. Furthermore, it is advised to take a lateral flow test twice a week. After you or another individual in your house takes a test, you should report these results.
If the rapid lateral flow test comes back positive you should self-isolate immediately. Then book in for a PCR test to confirm these results.
For more information on Rapid lateral flow tests or COVID-19 symptoms click here
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