Coronavirus in Fife: New drive-through testing facility is launched

A new drive-through coronavirus testing centre has been opened in Fife today.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 11:24 am
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 11:28 am
The facility offers drive-through testing.

The UK Government say the new facility at Bankhead Park in Glenrothes is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities in British history.

Tests must be booked in advance at: www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.

People should only book a test if they have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste).

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Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “New drive-in sites like this one make it even easier to get a test no matter where you live. If you have symptoms of coronavirus, I urge you to book a test today and follow the advice of NHS Test and Protect if you are contacted to protect others and stop the spread of the virus.”

NHS Fife Director of Public Health, Dona Milne, said: "While the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Fife is moving at considerable pace, testing still remains a crucial part of the effort to suppress the virus locally and prevent its transmission. The new site in Glenrothes in another welcome addition to the expanding network of testing sites here in Fife, improving access for those in the town and the surrounding villages."Simon Venn, Mitie Chief Government & Strategy Officer, said: "Testing is a critical part of the UK’s strategy to combat coronavirus and we’re proud to support the UK Government with this vital task. A big thank you to all the NHS staff, Mitie employees and other frontline heroes in Glenrothes, who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.”