Isles MP Angus MacNeil has written to Health Secretary and Director of Covid-19 testing at Scottish Government to get Isles testing up and running. 

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“All praise to NHS Western Isles who have done everything they needed to do to be ready for testing, including getting equipment in place and training staff. However, due to the lack of cartridges, tests require to be sent to Glasgow.

“The only thing required now is cartridges which hold the reagents to allow tests to be carried out at NHS Western Isles. I understand some other centres across Scotland also have an issue with the lack of cartridges and I am writing to the Scottish Government Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, and the Director of Covid-19 testing, as to when we these cartridges will arrive. 

“This could be a vital window to get testing up and running in the islands if we hope to replicate the amazing success of the Faroe Islands in staving off the effects of Covid-19.  This was achieved by testing and chasing the virus, in addition to tracing people who have been in contact with those who had the virus. 

“The window is short and hopefully this problem can be resolved soon.”