Home testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) symptomatic people has been expanded to rural areas of Stirling Council where it was previously unavailable.

Five postcode districts - FK17, FK18, FK19, FK20, FK21 – covering the Callander, Lochearnhead, Crainlarach and Killin areas now have the option of booking a home kit test on the UK Government online portal.

This has been made possible thanks to improvements made by Royal Mail, who have made operational changes to speed up their service and activated an additional 98 priority post boxes to receive home test kits in partnership with the UK Government. 

In the five Stirling Council postcode districts where home testing is now available, NHS Forth Valley is arranging a temporary courier service for anyone who cannot get to a priority post box while the UK-wide courier service is expanded to this area.   

People who order a home test kit will be sent instructions with their kit on how to return it once they have taken their sample, either through a Priority Post Box (PPB) or courier service if they are not able to access a PPB.

Those who require a courier can call the national helpline number provided in the test kit instructions to arrange this service through the relevant health board.

More information on testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS Inform website.