Stirling Albion stars have urged the Cowie community and beyond to take part in Covid-19 testing to help reduce the spread of the virus across Stirling.
Active Stirling Staff and Stirling Albion FC team members at an asymptomatic testing site in Cowie.

As part of a national testing initiative for people without symptoms, a Coronavirus community testing unit is again available in Cowie this week from Wed 14th July – Sat 17th July 2021. 

Cowie’s own Ross McGeachie, who is club captain, defender Kyle Banner and manager Kevin Rutkiewicz all voluntarily attended the Coronavirus testing unit to take the LFD testing.

And they called on residents to take a test as a precaution to help protect residents, friends and family in Stirling.

Ross McGeachie said: “Many of us in Stirling will have experienced the virus within our families. If you’re not showing any form of symptoms, it is still possible that you may have the virus and can pass it on to others.

“Getting tested is a very, very quick procedure, it tickles a little bit, it doesn't hurt and it’s over before you know it.”

Manager Kevin Rutkiewicz said: “Please take the time to get tested and do your bit to help slow the spread of the virus. It’s really important that all of us look out for one another and continue to be cautious.”Local Asymptomatic TestingThe initiative aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

There is no need to book and testing is available at the following dates and times:

Cowie Community Centre, Manse Park/Main St, Cowie, FK7 7BL

  • Wednesday 14th July 12pm-4.30pm.
  • Thursday 15th July 12.30pm-7.30pm.
  • Friday 16th July 9.30am-4.30pm.
  • Saturday 17th July 9.30am-4.30pm.

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits can also be collected to take home in a pack of seven from a number of local Covid-19 testing centres and pharmacies or ordered online. People can find their nearest test collection point at https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/#/No room for complacencyStirling Council Leader, Councillor Scott Farmer, said: “At this crucial time as we look ahead to what will hopefully be further relaxation of restrictions we must continue to do all of the things that help slow the virus down.

“We need to ensure we get to the next review point for the easing of restrictions with the minimum impact on health, life, and on the NHS.”

Depute Leader, Councillor Chris Kane, said: “We have come too far in our fight against the Covid pandemic to become complacent to the risks the virus poses to public health and how quickly it can spread throughout our communities. Continuing to be regularly tested gives us the best chance to respond to potential outbreaks.”

All residents who don’t have any of the three Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

Test results will be available in around 45 minutes and can be received at home rather than having to wait at the testing facility. Anyone with a positive test will be asked to undertake a confirmatory PCR test.

Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Public Health, said: “There is no room for complacency as we are still seeing new cases of coronavirus in Forth Valley every day, especially since the emergence of the Delta variant which is much more transmissible. 

“That’s why testing is so important to help prevent people with no symptoms from spreading the virus to friends, family or colleagues without realising it.”

This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.