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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 26 April 2021

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Covid in Scotland: Free test kits to be available on demand

BBC News, 25 April 2021

 

BBC News reports that “rapid” Covid-19 testing kits will be made available to everyone in Scotland, including those who do not have symptoms of the virus.

 

The free lateral flow tests will be available from Monday and can be picked up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 15:30 each afternoon.

 

Each test pack will contain seven lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes.

 

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland Dr Gregor Smith said, “This expansion builds on our existing testing strategy and will help our efforts to ease the country out of lockdown safely.”

 

Dr Smith said rapid lateral flow testing was already helping to find cases that might otherwise be missed, as about one in three people with Covid-19 were asymptomatic.

 

Free lateral flow kits are also available in England for anyone to test themselves for Covid-19, even if they do not have symptoms.

 

In Wales, similar kits can be ordered by those who are unable to work from home. They are also used for regular testing of NHS and social care staff, and in universities, schools, care homes and other workplaces.

Parliamentary Coverage

House of Lords – Written Question, 12 April 2021

 

Lord Lucas (Conservative): To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to require NHS doctors, when prescribing a treatment off-label, to encourage patients to allow their data to be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment; what plans they have to provide mechanisms whereby (1) consent and refusal may be easily recorded, and (2) relevant data may be made available for academic evaluation; and what plans they have to review such evaluations in order to reduce the percentage of off-label prescribing.

 

House of Lords – Written Answer, 23 April 2021

 

Lord Bethell (Conservative): The Government has no plans to do so. However, the Department with NHS England and NHS Improvement, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence, the National Institute of Health Research recently launched a repurposing medicines programme which aims to strengthen the evidence base, licensing, supply and cost effectiveness of medicines being used outside their original medical indication. The aim is to improve clinical outcomes and patient experience by taking action to enable more equitable access to those medicines prioritised for adoption into the programme.

 Full Coverage

Covid in Scotland: Free test kits to be available on demand

BBC News, 25 April 2021

 

“Rapid” Covid testing kits are to be made available to everyone in Scotland – even if they do not have symptoms.

 

The Scottish government said the free lateral flow tests would be available from Monday.

 

They can be picked up without an appointment from many local walk-in or drive-through test sites from 15:30 each afternoon.

 

The scheme is designed to find cases that would otherwise go undetected, the Scottish government said.

 

It means that anyone without Covid-19 symptoms, who does not already have access to asymptomatic testing, can test themselves – including those who are planning to travel to a Scottish island.

 

The first test should be taken three days before travel to an island and the second on the day of departure, the Scottish government said.

 

Since 16 April, people have been permitted to travel across Scotland as long as they do not stay overnight.

 

This includes the Scottish islands, though some islanders raised concerns this risked cases being imported from the mainland to communities that have seen low levels of infection throughout the pandemic.

 

The Scottish government said it wanted to encourage anyone travelling to an island to get a test beforehand.

 

A further 177 cases were confirmed in Scotland on Saturday, with 1.1% of all tests positive.

Four Covid deaths within 28 days of a positive test were also reported.

 

Each test pack will contain seven lateral flow kits, which can provide results in about 30 minutes.

If the test comes back positive then people are told to self-isolate and order a PCR test to confirm the result.

 

Chief medical officer Dr Gregor Smith said: “This expansion builds on our existing testing strategy, and will help our efforts to ease the country out of lockdown safely.

 

“Routine testing is already available for people with no symptoms in a wide-range of settings, including schools, high-risk workplaces, and communities where Covid-19 rates remain stubbornly high.”

 

Dr Smith said rapid lateral flow testing was already helping to find cases that might otherwise be missed, as about one in three people with Covid-19 did not show symptoms.

 

“It may be tempting to think as vaccinations increase and cases drop, that testing will become less important,” he added.

 

“In fact, this will only make it more important to spot and prevent new outbreaks as cases emerge. We know from our experience of last summer just how quickly one outbreak can lead to another.”

 

Free lateral flow kits are also available in England for anyone to test themselves for Covid-19, even if they do not have symptoms.

 

In Wales, similar kits can be ordered by those who are unable to work from home. They are also used for regular testing of NHS and social care staff, and in universities, schools, care homes and other workplaces.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 26 April 2021

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