Temporary Denny coronavirus testing centre staying open due to 'high demand'

A temporary coronavirus testing centre will remain open in Denny for an extra two days because of “high demand”.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 4:25 pm

The facility – set up for any residents, even those not displaying Covid-19 symptoms – began carrying out tests on Monday following a rise in positive tests in the area.

Based at Denny Sports Centre in Station Yard, NHS Forth Valley and Falkirk Council initially planned to keep it open for three days, with appointments available for anyone living or working in Denny, Dunipace, Bonnybridge, Haggs or Longcroft.

However, tests will also be provided this Thursday and Friday.

A temporary coronavirus testing centre will stay open for another two days at Denny Sports Centre. Picture: Michael Gillen.

A local authority spokesman said: “Due to high demand, the temporary Covid-19 testing unit in Denny has been extended and will now offer tests on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22, 2021.

“Appointments for Thursday can only be booked after 6pm on Wednesday, January 20 or on Thursday morning for appointments on Thursday afternoon.

“Appointments for Friday can only be booked after 6pm on Thursday evening or on Friday morning for appointments on Friday afternoon.”

Testing will be run by the Scottish Ambulance Service on behalf of NHS Forth Valley and the local authority.

Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health, NHS Forth Valley, said: “We have seen a sharp increase in the number of positive cases in Denny and the surrounding areas over the last few weeks and evidence of spread within these local communities.”

Residents should select the ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’ option when booking a test online via GOV.UK or by calling 0300 303 2713.

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