Even if they can’t spell Meadow or testing or explain what they mean by “alternate weekends”, the Health Board trust you’ll get the message above about testing for coronavirus in West Dunbartonshire.


MSP Jackie Baillie and the Meadow Centre on the Common.

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, has welcomed the introduction of the Covid-19 testing unit at the Meadow Centre in Dumbarton – but says it is vital that the service is made permanent and full time.

The service will open from today – 3 September 2020 – and will operate on alternate days from 10am to 5pm by appointment only.

Jackie Baillie has repeatedly called on the Scottish Government to open a permanent testing unit within her constituency due to the number of cases that have been confirmed here in recent weeks.

She has been contacted by a number of constituents who have been advised to travel as far as Edinburgh, Dunoon and Prestwick Airport to access a Covid-19 test for themselves and their children.

Jackie Baillie said: “The arrival of the mobile testing unit at the Meadow Leisure Centre [on the Common] will definitely come as welcome news to the many constituents who have been forced to make lengthy and expensive trips to access a Covid-19 test.

“However, the Scottish Government is fully aware of the fact that West Dunbartonshire is one of the hardest hit areas by this virus.

“If we are serious about beating it and about testing and protecting the local population then we need a testing unit to be a permanent fixture in our community.

“I have urged Nicola Sturgeon to make the service permanent and full-time and will continue to do so until local people have the access that they need to get tested and keep themselves and others safe.”

And for SCHOOLS:

Our Test and Protect team is carrying out COVID-19 contact tracing in the following new schools within the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area,  according to the Health Board.

  • Lochend Community High School, Glasgow

  • Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Glasgow

Is it just us or why is yet another non-deprived school on the list at this time? Just asking.

The Health Board statement says: “There is evidence of transmission of the virus amongst a small number of cases in school settings and this is being carefully managed. Control measures have been put in place and we are monitoring the situation. To respect and maintain patient confidentiality, no further details will be released.

“Apart from those who are identified as close contacts, all other staff and pupils can continue to attend as normal. The exception to this applies to East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City and West Dunbartonshire, where additional COVID-19 control measures are in place since last night.”

Local Authorities, any close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are being advised that they and all those in their household group should self-isolate for 14 days.

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