A WOMAN from Drongan is urging people to get tested regularly for Covid-19, even if they don’t have any symptoms, saying it is “not hard” but rather vital in keeping herself and others safe.

Susan McEwan works in Rowantree Court Sheltered Housing complex in Drongan. She, alongside members of the public from across Ayrshire, have been sharing their stories about why they get tested.

She said: “I get tested twice a week to keep myself safe and to keep the residents of Rowantree Court safe.

“It’s sometimes uncomfortable, but not hard. There’s no problem in taking it. It’s absolutely fine.”

It’s simple to get a rapid coronavirus (Covid-19) testing kit, with three options to choose from. Residents can pick up a LFT kit at an NHS test site or from participating community pharmacies as well as requesting a test kit to be sent to a home address.

Or people can get tested or pick up a lateral flow test (LFT) kit at a test site.

Faith Young from Ayr, who works for the South Ayrshire Champions Board, added: “I get tested because I work with young children, a lot of whom are quite vulnerable, and I want to make sure that I’m a safe person for them to be around. I also have close family members who are disabled and high risk, and so for me to be able to see them, I need to make sure that I’m safe to be around.”

Lisa Davidson, Assistant Director of Public Health for NHS Ayrshire & Arran, explains: “Testing helps us to identify more cases of the virus and gives us all a better chance of stopping it from spreading.

“Even those who are fully vaccinated should get tested regularly – this means twice a week. If you are a key worker and must attend work, it is even more important to get tested regularly.”

To order a test, click here. The order will contain one pack with seven LFD tests inside.