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Lateral Flow Device tests to remain free for eligible hospital and care home visitors

By Ewan Malcolm

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LATERAL Flow Device tests will remain free for individuals visiting relatives or friends in hospitals or care homes, NHS Grampian has confirmed.

Lateral Flow Device.
Lateral Flow Device.

Test kits can be obtained by completing an online form on the GOV.UK website or by calling 119 (available 7 days a week, 7am-11pm).

Free LFTs are no longer available to the general population in Scotland.

Until April 30 people with coronavirus symptoms should self isolate and get a PCR test.

Vaccinated close contacts of positive cases should do daily LFTs for seven days.

However, from May 1 people exhibiting symptoms will no longer need to test while physical test sites will close and contact tracing will end.

Lyn Pirie, Nurse Lead for Person Centred Visiting in NHS Grampian, said: "We know hospital patients and care home residents benefit enormously from being able to spend time with family and friends.

"We want people to do this as safely as possible and would strongly encourage visitors to continue with Lateral Flow Device testing.

"I would also remind potential visitors Covid-19 is not the only risk. If they are experiencing vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle aches, coughing, sneezing, and/or sore throats, they should postpone planned visits."

Free test kits (comprising seven tests) can be ordered online, for home delivery, at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

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