UK opens new walk-through Covid-19 testing centre in Edinburgh

26 February 2021 (Last Updated February 26th, 2021 14:16)

The Government of UK has opened a new walk-through testing centre for Covid-19 in Niddrie, Edinburgh.

UK opens new walk-through Covid-19 testing centre in Edinburgh
UK has opened a new walk-through Covid-19 testing centre in Edinburgh. Credit: Nhemz / Shutterstock.

The Government of the UK has opened a new walk-through testing centre for Covid-19 in Niddrie, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The new facility, which has been opened in the shared car park of the Jack Kane Leisure Centre and Jack Kane Community Centre, is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities set up in the UK.

The network includes seven drive through sites, 32 walk-through sites, 42 mobile units across Scotland, along with the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab, to process the samples.

The government is providing all Covid-19 testing and test processing outside of the NHS in Scotland.

It is also providing approximately two thirds of all daily tests in support of health services.

National Institute for Health Protection interim executive chair Baroness Dido Harding said: “Walk-through sites offer communities better access to coronavirus testing, so everyone with symptoms can get a test.

“This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand our testing network across the UK, which now has the capacity to process more than 700,000 tests a day.

“We will continue to expand capacity to improve test turnaround times and push forward testing innovations to make sure anyone who needs a test can get one.”

Only people with coronavirus symptoms, which include a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste, should book the test.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said: “The UK Government continues to provide the bulk of testing in Scotland with this new walk-through centre in Edinburgh just the latest in our extensive network.”

Recently, the government opened a new walkthrough Covid-19 testing facility at the Royal Mint’s Visitor Centre Car Park.