People living in Upper Nithsdale urged to get Covid-19 test

People living in Sanquhar, Kelloholm or the immediate surrounding area are being encouraged to arrange for a Covid-19 test if they have any symptoms.

Friday, 14th May 2021, 2:46 pm
A push is being made to finally drive Covid-19 out of the area
A push is being made to finally drive Covid-19 out of the area

A good community response has been helping to tackle a cluster of cases in Upper Nithsdale, but a small number continue to occur, and are cause for concern.

Valerie White, director of Public Health at Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “Really good progress has been made in identifying cases of Covid-19 and helping to limit opportunities for spread in Upper Nithsdale.

"This is due in large part to the fantastic response we’ve seen from the community, and all the efforts which have been made to address this cluster.

“Anyone living in the area who is experiencing symptoms of should self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested.

“We also continue to encourage anyone experiencing a mild illness, such as diarrhoea, runny nose or sore throat, to be tested. Testing is also there for those people without any symptoms.

"We’d also encourage everyone to exercise caution and good judgement as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, to continue to follow FACTS guidance ."

A mobile testing unit will be regularly stationed at Mill Hill Centre in Corserig Crescent, Kelloholm for the weeks ahead.

Full details can be found on the NHS Dumfries and Galloway website by visiting

To book a test visit, while without Internet access can call 0800 028 2816.