Glasgow Pollok walk through testing centre opens

The Glasgow Pollok walk through centre at Pollock Community Centre, is now open.

Pollok Community Centre

It now brings the total number of centres in Scotland to 28 with each local test site having a daily capacity of 300 tests.

The walk through testing sites are part of the UK Government’s testing programme and are in addition to the regional test sites, mobile testing units and home test kit provision.

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The Scottish Government is responsible for working with local partners across Scotland to locate test sites where they will best meet the needs of local communities.

Minister for Public Health and Sport Mairi Gougeon said: “Containing and suppressing this virus relies on testing being accessible to everyone. The walk through testing centre in Glasgow Pollok is the 28th site across Scotland and will further increase our testing capacity ahead of potential spikes as we move through winter.

“Centres like this can be operational in a matter of days, and we are working at pace with NHS National Services Scotland and local authorities to roll out more across the country so that more people have access to local testing.”

She added: “We will continue to adapt our testing strategy in line with the different stages of the pandemic. However, testing is only one effective intervention that we are using to manage the virus and it remains vital that people continue to follow physical distancing advice and practise good hand and cough hygiene not just for their own safety but in order to protect others.”