Households will be sent information on the Scottish Government’s Test and Protect system which explains what to do if someone develops COVID-19 symptoms.

NHS Test and Protect is being delivered by NHS Scotland to contain the spread of the virus. This system was rolled out across Scotland on 28 May. People who develop symptoms are urged to get tested immediately, positive cases are then referred to contact tracers.

This advice is being issued as the country moves into phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s exit strategy route map with more restrictions being lifted.

The information is available online in 16 languages, large print and audio files.

Ruth Maguire MSP said: “NHS Test and Protect is a vital component of the Scottish Government’s strategy to help protect lives and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

“I urge everybody in North Ayrshire to keep the leaflet to hand so that you know exactly what to do if you are required to isolate and how to access any support that you need.

“While Test and Protect is central to the strategy to stop the spread of the virus, it is equally important to continue practising social distancing, avoiding crowded areas, wearing face coverings and maintaining good hand and cough hygiene. These combined measures will help to break chains of transmission and allow the virus to be contained more quickly.”

Test and Protect Leaflet, including other languages and format

People with any of the following symptoms should book a test at nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or call 0800 028 2816 if they are unable to access the online service:

  • a high temperature or fever
  • a new continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste