Technical Notes 2021, Issue 95 - COVID-19 Rapid Testing Bus

Report by: 
Ann Davie, Depute Chief Executive – Education, People & Business
TN Number: 
095-21
Subject: 
COVID-19 Rapid Testing Bus
Responsible Officer: 
Karen M Donnelly, Chief Solicitor & Monitoring Officer
Publication: 
This Technical Note will be published on the Council’s website following circulation to Members. Its contents may be disclosed or shared outwith the Council.
Details: 

1. The purpose of this Technical Note is to update Members in relation to the Council’s Rapid Testing Bus, which is commencing operations.   

2. Members will be aware that asymptomatic testing is a vital part of reducing transmission of COVID-19 and is all the more important as restrictions continue to relax.  The Council currently operates an asymptomatic testing site at the War Memorial Hall and has been developing additional portable and mobile solutions to increase access to asymptomatic testing across East Dunbartonshire. 

3. Officers have developed a testing bus in conjunction with colleagues in Fleet and Property Maintenance, which has involved the adaptation of an existing bus so as to accommodate a testing booth.  The new Rapid Testing bus can test one person at a time and is fully accessible by virtue of a lift at the rear.  It has been developed to meet both Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland requirements and received clinical sign off earlier this week.  A picture of the bus is included at the end of this Technical Note.

4. A new Community Testing Team has been established and a mix of Team Leaders, bus drivers and operatives have/are in the course of being recruited.  At present it is planned to maintain the fixed site at War Memorial Hall and supplement this with the Rapid Testing bus and a portable arrangement which will see temporary testing sites set up in local areas for a week at a time.

5. In addition to providing on-site testing, the fixed, portable and mobile units will offer home testing kits which can be taken away. 

6. The Rapid Testing bus is undergoing a soft launch and spent time at Mugdock Park yesterday.  It will also be located there during the course of today. 

7. The focus next week will be to encourage testing amongst children, young people and parents in advance of schools reopening on 12th August.  The bus will visit various areas across East Dunbartonshire offering both testing and home testing kits. 

8. The schedule for next week is as follows -

Monday

9.30am – 12 Noon (last test 11.30am)
2pm – 4.30pm (last test 4pm)

Barleybank car park Kirkintilloch
Bearsden Hub car park

Tuesday

9.30am – 12 Noon (last test 11.30am)
2pm – 4.30pm (last test 4pm)

Chapel St car park Lennoxtown
Milngavie Precinct

Wednesday

9.30am – 12 Noon (last test 11.30am)
2pm – 4.30pm (last test 4pm)

Leisuredrome car park Bishopbriggs
Hillhead Community Centre

Thursday

9.30am – 12 Noon (last test 11.30am)
2pm – 4.30pm (last test 4pm)

Barleybank car park Kirkintilloch
Barleybank car park Kirkintilloch

Friday

9.30am – 12 Noon (last test 11.30am)
2pm – 4.30pm (last test 4pm)

Bearsden Hub car park
Bearsden Hub car park

9. Going forward, the weekly programme for the rapid testing bus will be published on the community testing section of the Council website https://www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk/residents/covid-19/covid-19-community-test-centre.  It will also be publicised through the Council’s social media channels. 

10. Finally, members are reminded that the Rapid Testing Bus is for those who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 only.  Anyone with symptoms should book a PCR test through the NHS inform website.

testing bus

Distribution List: 
All Elected Members, Corporate Management Team, Executive Officers, HSCP Management Team, Corporate Communications