West Lothian College supporting the community with Covid-19 testing centre

The college campus is being used to support the new NHS Covid-19 testing centre. 

NHS Lothian has announced that from Thursday 23 April, further expansion of its COVID-19 staff and health and social care worker testing will take place at the West Lothian College campus in Livingston. 

This work means that if staff or health and social care workers, such as local authority care home staff or private sector carers have symptoms, they can be tested within the first 72 hours, and if negative, and appropriate, can be released from the requirement to isolate and return to work, and so can their household contacts.

Jackie Galbraith, Principal of West Lothian College said, “Since the start of the lockdown staff and students at West Lothian College have been working hard to help the NHS and key workers tackle the coronavirus. We donated all of our personal protective equipment to key workers, gave all of our food stock to local charities, and are working with partners to produce and distribute visors to frontline workers. Some of our staff and students have returned as practitioners to the health and social care sector, while others are volunteering to help people in need in local communities. 

“With the launch of the new NHS COVID-19 testing station now our campus is being put to good use while college buildings remain closed to students and staff. We are very proud to play a part in reducing the impact of this pandemic.”

Find out more about what West Lothian college have been doing to support the community by reading: West Lothian College supports local community