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Testing at school campus

Published: 04 Jul 2019 12:15

Review team progress at Coatbridge site.

Water and environment testing will be carried out at St Ambrose and Buchanan high school campus in Coatbridge.

Water testing will be carried out by Scottish Water. Wider environmental testing at the campus will include soil, water and the integrity of the methane membrane, installed as a safety measure when the campus was built. The specific detail and locations of the testing will be determined by the review team in conjunction with SEPA and other environmental health bodies.

The work follows a recommendation by the independent review team appointed by the Deputy First Minister John Swinney. The team is looking at specific health and safety concerns as well as the history, construction and maintenance of the school campus.

The results of the tests will be published as part of the report due ahead of the school opening on 12 August.

Background

The independent review team has met with officials at North Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire as well as parents, pupils, staff and unions. It is expected to report to the Deputy First Minister ahead of the school opening on 12 August .

The team is considering existing documents and other materials submitted to them.

Any parent concerned about the health of their child should continue to use local health services. Decisions on medical testing will be based on a clinical assessment of the symptoms and signs of an individual. There is no prohibition of testing of patients where it is deemed clinically necessary.