Last updated: Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:38 PM

Information on the rules and guidance around how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

7 key facts

  • Some people who spread Covid-19 have no symptoms.
  • Testing people who have no symptoms can identify many of these people.
  • Any testing only detects some (not all) of those infectious at that moment in time. A person may test negative but become positive and infectious a couple of hours later.
  • Testing is an extra layer in protecting ourselves and others. Encouraging vaccination, observing FACTS and staying at home unless essential to go out are everyone's responsibility even if tested negative.
  • People who have been vaccinated may still be able to spread Covid-19 and therefore should participate in testing if this is available to them.
  • Although less than 1 in 100 people without symptoms has Covid-19, detecting those people saves lives. If asked, please get tested.

Survey on Asymptomatic Tesing in the Forth Valley area

We are interested in what you think of having Community Testing in your local area and it would be very helpful if you answered all, or some of the following questions. We are not asking for your name, and don't want you to say anything that might identify you.

Community Testing Dates/Locations For People Without Symptoms

Collect A Lateral Flow Test Kit

Friday 28th January

  • Dollar Hive, Park Place, Dollar, FK14 7AA: 9am-4.30pm.

Saturday 29th January

  • Morrisons Supermarket, Stirling, FK7 7SR: 9am-5pm.

Sunday 30th January

  • Mayfield Centre Car Park, FK7 0DB: 9am-5pm.
  • Dobbies, Stirling, FK9 4UF: 9am-5pm.

Monday 31st January

  • Allan Community Centre, FK9 4AT: 9am-5pm.
  • Cowie Community Centre, FK7 7BL: 9am-5pm.

Tuesday 1st February

  • Raploch Campus, FK8 1RD: 9am-5pm.
  • Cornton Communtiy Centre, FK9 5DD: 9am-5pm.

Wednesday 2nd February

  • Cochrane Hall, Alva, FK12 5LJ: 9am-5pm.
  • Doune Castlehill Car ParK, Castle Court, FK8 3UQ: 9am-4.30pm.

Thursday 3rd February

  • Tullibody Civic Centre, Abercromby Place, Tullibody, FK10 2RU: 9am-5pm.
  • Callander, The Meadows, Car Park, FK17 8BA: 10am-4pm.
  • Morrisons Supermarket, Stirling, FK7 7SR: 9am-5pm.

Friday 4th February

  • Morrisons Supermarket, Clackmannan Road, Alloa, FK10 1RQ: 9am-5pm.

Saturday 5th February

  • Sterling Mills, Tillicoultry, FK13 6HQ: 9am-5pm.

Sunday 30th January

  • Clackmannan Primary School, Lochies Road, Clackmannan, FK710 4JS: 9am-5pm.

 

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits

The Local Testing Site at the Engine Shed is offering the chance to collect Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits to take home in a pack of 7.

There are specific times when the site will switch from PCR Testing to LFD collection, and these are below:

PCR testing – 8:00 to 14:30

LFD collection – 15:30 to 20:00

Pharmacies and order onlineRapid lateral flow can be picked up from local walk/drive-through test sites, a number of local pharmacies or ordered online. You can find out where you can get a rapid lateral flow tests in your local area and tests can be ordered online here.

Frequently asked questions

What is community testing?

This is testing for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms but who could still be infectious and spreading the virus without knowing it.

What is a lateral flow test?

A lateral flow test is a test which can be completed between 15 and 30 minutes depending on the brand issued, please check instructions on each kit for how to use. A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) detects the presence or absence of Covid-19 from a swab or saliva sample.

The sample is mixed with a buffer solution, which releases and breaks up virus fragments. Some of the solution is then dropped on to the lateral flow device. The sample runs along the surface of the devices' absorbent strip, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.

Unlike the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, a lateral flow test does not need to be sent to a laboratory to be processed. This means test results are available the same day (normally within 15 minutes).

A lateral flow test is used for community testing.

Who can get tested?

Anyone without symptoms can walk in to a pop up testing site and get tested. No appointment necessary.

If you have symptoms, a PCR test can be arranged online or by calling 119.

Will I need to take a test?

Scottish Government advice is that everyone should take regular LFT tests, especially before mixing with other people. Anyone working in other people's homes should test before entering the property and householders should test before anyone visits their property.

Why should I get tested?

Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don't have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community.

By getting tested you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.

Where can I get tested?

Pop-up testing sites are open across Forth Valley. Site locations will be updated on this NHS test finder map and are also noted above.

Do I need to make an appointment to get a test?

No. Community pop up testing sites offer a walk-in service and appointments can't be booked.

How long will a test take?

A test takes 15-30 minutes depending on type.

You can wait on-site in your car. Or you can go home and wait on your result being sent to you.

How will I receive my test result?

You will receive your results by text message or you can wait on-site and be told face to face.

What happens if I test positive?

If you test positive you will be asked to isolate that day as per current guidelines. Given the current high incidence and prevalence rates, there is no longer a requirement to book a PCR test to confirm the LFD positive result.

You should only book a confirmatory PCR if the individual, parent/guardian or carer is planning on applying for the Self Isolation Support Grant. 

Eligibility for the grant is that a person earns less than the real living wage, is asked by Test and Protect to isolate and will lose income as a result of isolating.

We understand how difficult it can be to self-isolate and we want to help you as much as we can. Practical, confidential support is available within the Community Testing Centre to support you and your household if you test positive and need to self isolate.

We can give you advice on different financial help which is available and help you to access it. As well as access to additional services, such as priority online shopping delivery and pharmaceutical deliveries.

Our Community Support and Information page has further information.

How long should I self-isolate?

Positive cases are advised to self isolate for 10 days. However, if the individual returns two consecutive negative LFD tests taken at least 24 hours apart with the first test no earlier than day 6 they may end isolation before the end of the 10 day period if they have no fever.

More information can be found at NHS inform.

If I test positive who are my close contacts?

A close contact is any individual you have been in close contact with in the 48 hours before your test (if not symptomatic) or 48 hours before your symptoms started and until you receive your positive test result – this is known as the "infectious period" when you could pass on the infection.

This would involve all those within your own household and any extended household, if contact was made during that period.

In addition, any other individual who meets the criteria of face-to-face contact; within 1 metre for 1 minute, or within 2 metres for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over the infectious period. This may involve colleagues.

It is important that you reduce your close contacts at all times to reduce the number of individuals you could infect.

More information can be found on NHS inform.

I have been identified as a close contact of a positive case but I don't have any symptoms. Can I go back to work if I get a negative test result?

Close contacts who are fully vaccinated, having received 3 doses of the vaccination (plus 14 days) or are aged under 18 years and 4 months, can take daily LFD tests for 7 days instead of isolation - provided the tests are negative and they remains without symptoms.

If someone has not received 3 doses of the vaccination, they will need to book a PCR test and even if this is a negative result, they will need to isolate for 10 days.

Please follow guidance issued from Test and Protect at all times where you have been identified as a close contact of a positive case.

I’ve been identified as a close contact, but I’ve had a positive PCR in the last 90 days, should I test?

If you have tested positive on a PCR test within the last 90 days you should take an LFD instead of a PCR test.

If I am off work because I have symptoms, have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact, do I still get paid?

You should speak to your employer about this. Scottish Government has published the Coronavirus (Covid-19): fair work statement that states that:

"No worker should be financially penalised for following medical advice. Any absence relating to Covid-19 should not affect future sick pay entitlement or other entitlements like holiday or accrued time. It should not result in formal attendance related warnings or be accumulated with non-covid related absences in future absence management figures."

The Self-Isolation Support Grant provides £500 for low income workers who are in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits and will lose earnings as a result of having to self-isolate.

For more information call the National Helpline: 0800 111 4000.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

If If you have Covid-19 symptoms – new continuous cough, fever, change in sense of smell or taste - you should attend the Alloa Mobile Covid Testing Unit at Alloa Town Hall car park.

Do not attend a community testing centre if you have Covid-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, a PCR test can be arranged online or by calling 119.

If I have symptoms, does my household need to isolate whilst I wait my PCR results?

Some of your household may need to isolate. If they are not fully vaccinated, they will need to isolate. If they are a fully vaccinated adult or under 18 years and 4 months, they do not need to isolate as long as they continue to return daily negative LFDs until the test result is received and follow appropriate guidance thereafter.

My PCR was positive, what should members of my household do?

All household members who have symptoms should isolate immediately and book a PCR test.

Fully vaccinated household members (three doses with a final dose at least 14 days ago) and household members aged under 18 years and 4 months may take 7 daily LFD tests as an alternative to isolation so long as they do not have symptoms and test negative each day.

Anyone aged over 18 years 4 months who has less than three vaccine doses should book a PCR test and, even if negative, isolate for 10 days.

I have a continuous cough but can’t get a PCR slot – what do I do?

You may have to wait a little longer than you normally would, given the demand. You should keep trying as new slots become available on the booking portal throughout the day. We’ve prioritised essential workers for on-site appointments, as well as those at highest risk and eligible for new treatments. You should continue to self-isolate until you receive your PCR test result.

I work 12 hour shifts. What are the opening times of the test centre?

Test Centres are open on week days and weekends until 4pm.

I have already tested positive for Covid-19. Should I get tested again?

Yes, anyone displaying symptoms should book a PCR test. Please call 119 for further advice if unsure.

I have already tested negative for Covid-19. Should I get tested again?

Yes, if your test was more than a few days ago. The test result is only valid for the day of the test. You could have become infected at any point after that.

I have received the first dose of my vaccination. Should I still get tested?

Yes. You should still get tested if you are fully vaccinated.

What does fully vaccinated mean now for the purposes of self isolation policy?

Fully vaccinated now means an individual having received both primary doses and a booster dose of an MHRA approved vaccine, plus 14 days for protection to build.

You need to have been fully vaccinated by the time the contact occurred, for example if the case is in your house you need to have been boosted 14 days before their onset of symptoms.

I have just finished a period of self-isolation as a non-vaccinated close contact – what happens if I’m identified as a close contact again?

You may be asked by Test and Protect to self-isolate and book a test again if you are identified again as a close contact of another person who is a confirmed case. It is possible that people will have to self isolate more than once – perhaps multiple times – if they are identified as a close contact of separate cases on several different occasions. 

The best way to reduce the likelihood of being asked to self isolate is to get your third dose of the vaccine.

I need support whilst I’m self isolating – what is available?

Workers who earn less than the real living wage and have been asked to isolate by Test and Protect may be eligible for the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Practical support such as food or essential medicine deliveries are available through the local self isolation assistance service, and the national Coronavirus helpline – available at 0800 111 4000, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm – to ensure people required to self isolate have the support they need.

Is there a limit on how many times I can apply for the Self Isolation Support Grant?

No. Individuals can claim more than once as long as they meet the eligibility criteria for each individual claim. However, a claim cannot be made more than once for the same period if periods of self isolation overlap. The initial 10 day self isolation period must be completed first, before a new claim can be made. 

Any continuous period of more than 10 days will only enable one Self-Isolation Support Grant. Provision outside that may lie with other social security benefits.

I meet the criteria to end isolation early, is there anything else I should be doing as a precaution?

You should avoid all non-essential contact with people outside your household, wearing a face covering in enclosed spaces, limiting contact with anyone who is at highest risk including not visiting people in care homes or hospitals (unless essential and agreed with care home or hospital staff in advance) until 10 days after contact with a positive case.

You should continue to take part in twice weekly LFD testing for the general population (beyond any required LFD tests in what would have been your isolation period).

Are there any exemptions to self isolation close contacts policy?

There are no exemptions for unvaccinated close contacts, all of these individuals will need to self-isolate for 10 days. However, those who are medically unable to be vaccinated or participating in vaccine trials are eligible for the contact self-isolation exemption in line with the fully vaccinated population.

Why do you specify 18 years and 4 months as the cut-off point before being viewed as an adult?

As the majority of under 18s are not currently offered a booster setting this age range at 18 years and 4 months ensures that people turning 18 have sufficient time to get their booster once they are eligible.

Support due to Self IsolationEssential support is available for those self isolating who are unable to make alternative arrangements. If you are contacted to self-isolate by Test & Protect, there is no need to call us. A member of staff will contact you to check support arrangements.

A number of local Community Response Groups registered the support they were offering with Stirling Council and some continue to provide invaluable support at a community level.

Our fortnightly Community Response Bulletin has now ceased but Covid recovery information is still available through the Community Development Bulletin - CDNews. To receive this please email us.

Advice Services

Please visit our dedicated page for further information or support.

Call 101 if you are concerned about an adult who is not at immediate risk of harm or 999 in an emergency.

Harm reduction services

If you are worried about your own or another person’s substance use please contact Change, Grow Live (CGL) for support on 0808 1962188. If you are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use then Forth Valley Family Support Service (FVFSS) can also help. Call the Family Support Development Officer on 07484024407.

Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC) is a community of people committed to supporting recovery from substance use. During this time telephone support will be available via Tom Bennett (07920 234694) or Becky Wood (07920 576375).

Adult Learning & Employability

Face to face contact with individuals is not currently running however staff are continuing to engage regularly with existing customers. There is very limited capacity to take on new clients but contact should be made via telephone (01786 237517) or email and a member of the team will respond.

Refugee Resettlement

For support please contact Jonathan Sharp by telephone on 07818 520936. For emergencies please contact Jonathan or the Stirling Council emergency number on 01786 473041. If you require an interpreter please let us know.

English classes have been cancelled. We are trying to find alternatives and will provide updates when this has been agreed. 

 

The Scottish Government has published new guidance that takes effect from Friday 17th December.

Businesses will be legally required to take reasonable measures to minimise transmission of coronavirus.

Amongst other measures, businesses should:

- Enforce mask wearing.

- Distance customers where possible.

- Let staff work from home where they can.

More information on the new guidelines can be found on the Scottish Government's website.

We would like to remind businesses that information on current business support grants, as well as other dedicated business information and advice, is available at the Invest in Stirling website. 

This site is kept updated as new schemes become available.

 

For all updates relating to service delivery, please visit our dedicated service updates page.

Will be open from 9am to 12noon, Monday to Friday.

Will continue with current opening hours and services until the 14th of August. After this a full re-opening will begin with extended opening hours, reflecting the easing of restrictions and the move Beyond Level 0.

You will no longer need an appointment for browsing, loaning or returning books however the use of PC’s will continue on an appointment basis due to the continuing need for cleaning of equipment.

Track & Trace and wearing of face coverings will still be in operation.