Renfrewshire Council

Local ward councillors - Johnstone

MEDIA RELEASE: Asymptomatic testing pilot in Johnstone given cross-party support

Local councillors from Johnstone have come together to give cross-party support to the asymptomatic testing pilot taking place in the town this week.

Councillors from across the political parties visited Johnstone Town Hall to be tested as they encouraged the local community to follow their lead.

Anyone who lives, works or goes to school in the town of Johnstone can visit the drop-in service at the town hall if they do not have symptoms of Coronavirus and will be asked to take a lateral flow test.

The swab test, which gives results in around 45 minutes, will help identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus and ensure it is not unknowingly transmitted within the community.

Anyone who tests positive will be asked to take a follow up PCR test to confirm the result and will be given the support available to help them complete their period of self-isolation.

Cllr Jacqueline Cameron Councillor Jacqueline Cameron, Chair of the Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: "It's fantastic to have the support of my fellow local councillors for this testing pilot and also from local people who have turned out in great numbers already.

"It's clear to see that people want do their bit for their community and keep their loved ones safe as you may unknowingly be carrying the virus and could pass it on to a friend, family member or another member of the community.

"By taking a lateral flow test you can help keep yourself and others safe and you will also help us better understand the virus and interrupt its transmission.

"There's no need to book in advance, so come along any time between 8am and 8pm before the pilot closes on Wednesday 9 December."

As there has been a high number of cases in Johnstone in recent weeks, it is hoped the pilot will interrupt the transmission of the virus and lower the number of cases present in the area.

The results will be used by the UK and Scottish Government to inform future decisions around testing of Coronavirus and shape the planning for the next step in our response to the pandemic.

Anyone visiting should follow the clear health and safety guidance in place, including wearing a mask, physically distancing and sanitising their hands, and listen to staff on site at all times to ensure the process can be carried out quickly and safely.

If possible, people should bring a smartphone with them to enable easier registration and communication of results.

For more information, including a post code checker for residents wishing to take part and a full list of FAQs, visit Asymptomatic Coronavirus testing in Johnstone.

Published 3 December 2020