The first self-cleaning coronavirus testing center in Scotland opened today in Dundee.
The facility in the Park Place car park on the University of Dundee campus is operated by Mitie on behalf of the UK Government.
The transit point is the first self-cleaning facility in Scotland and includes the decontamination of each test booth with dry mist between uses. This speeds up the cleaning process and increases the testing capacity.
Another transit center is expected to open on Saturday in Sighthill, Edinburgh, while others are expected to open soon in Inverness, Greenock, Elgin and Fort William.
Scotland also has six transit points, 21 mobile units and the Glasgow Lighthouse Lab, which processes samples at the city’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Baroness Dido Harding, Interim Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection, said: “The UK government’s new transit locations will give communities better access to coronavirus testing so anyone with symptoms can get a test.
“This new site is part of our ongoing work to expand testing across the UK to run 500,000 tests per day by the end of October.
“Please book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms: a new persistent cough, a high temperature, and a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.
“Everyone should keep their hands, face, space, and follow the advice of contact tracers when contacted – this is the only way we can return to a more normal lifestyle.”
The Dundee location is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is only intended for those who do not have access to a car.
Those who can drive to be tested should continue to use the existing test center in the parking lot of Dudhope Castle.
Tests must be booked in advance via www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.
For more information about the center and other local coronavirus testing facilities, please visit the Tayside Cares website.