New asymptomatic mobile Covid testing centre launches in Whitburn next week
The new centre, based at Whitburn Community Centre, Manse Road and operated by the Scottish Ambulance Service, will offer tests to any Whitburn resident who does not have coronavirus symptoms.
The site, which is a short distance south of Whitburn Cross and the town centre, will be able to test around 500 residents per day.
Lawrence Fitzpatrick, leader of West Lothian Council said: “It’s good news that an asymptomatic testing centre will be in Whitburn from 8 March.
“With an estimated 1 in 3 people with covid-19 not displaying any symptoms, asymptomatic community testing is an important way to track infections and stop people spreading the virus without knowing it.
“Many thanks to the Scottish Ambulance Service and West Lothian Council officers who have worked hard to set up this centre for the benefit of local residents. I’d also like to thank the centre management committee for their co-operation.”
All tests must be booked in advance at the Scottish Government’s site, with the centre open from 9.30am to 4.30pm March 8 to March 14.
Appointments for the following day will be available from 6pm the evening before.
Bookings for the first day of opening, Monday March 8, will be available from 6pm on Sunday March 7.
Most people will get their result the next day but it may take up to three days.
A West Lothian Council Spokesperson said: “Anyone whose test comes back positive should follow the instructions provided and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others by self-isolating.”