The mobile testing van has been unable to operate in Brechin over recent weeks due to traffic cones and signage around the testing zone being moved.
The mobile testing van offering Lateral Flow Device testing for COVID-19 to the people of Brechin usually attends the Maisondieu West Car Park on a Wednesday from 10.30am until 4pm.
There has been an ongoing issue for a number of months with the removal of traffic cones and signage which are put in place by Angus Council to safely zone off the area where the van operates. The cones and signage are put in place on Tuesday evening in the area which has been agreed with Angus Council and risk-assessed as safe for the British Red Cross (BRC), who operate the mobile testing vans.
Overnight, somebody in the local community is moving the cones and signage to the East Car Park to an area which has not been approved as safe to use. When the BRC team arrives on Wednesday morning, cars are parked in the West Car Park area meaning that the van cannot operate and the people of Brechin do not have the opportunity to be tested locally for COVID-19.
Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside said, “We are seeing high numbers of cases of COVID-19 in Scotland and in Tayside so it is more important than ever that the mobile testing vans are able to operate in our communities to identify people who are carrying the virus.
“It is very disappointing that what I’m sure is a very small number of people in Brechin are preventing the testing team from providing this important service to the town. I would urge the community to pull together and to support the service to operate as planned.
“Getting tested regularly for COVID-19 even if you don’t have symptoms is one of the ways to keep our communities safe as restrictions ease – even if you have had both doses of the vaccine.
“Regular testing helps us to find positive cases in people who have no symptoms, but who are still infectious. If people who test positive and their contacts self-isolate, we can break the chain of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19. I would encourage everyone to make regular use of the testing services on offer.”