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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01507
Asked by: Claire Baker, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 15 July 2021


To ask the Scottish Government what targets it has set for the regular use of lateral flow tests by members of the public.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 30 August 2021


The Scottish Government has used a number of initiatives to promote regular testing using lateral flow devices. This includes:

  • Running targeted campaigns to promote the importance of testing through platforms including TV, radio and social media.
  • Promoting free access to lateral flow test kits that are delivered directly to a person’s home.
  • Introducing Pharmacy Collect – a service that allows the collection of free lateral flow test kits from over 1000 pharmacies throughout Scotland

The Scottish Government has worked with NHS Inform to promote information on how to accurately take an LFD test. This included commissioning a video from Professor Jason Leitch with instructions on how to take the test. This has been translated into multiple languages including BSL, Arabic, Polish and Urdu. Information on NHS Inform pages , for example on where to get a test, has also been translated.

The Scottish Government continues to produce testing information and campaigns to help aid the use and promotion of testing and will continue to do so throughout the course of this pandemic.