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Novel coronavirus sample testing locations: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
19 Feb 2020
Novel coronavirus sample testing locations: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000015199
Date received: 6 Feb 2020
Date responded: 18 Feb 2020
Information requested

You asked: "As of today, 34 Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) tests have been done in Scotland. Please tell me the location (i.e. the name of hospital or other medical facility) where each test was carried out."

Response

In terms of samples taken from patients, prior to 10 February all samples were sent to Public Health England to be tested in their laboratory at Colindale. On Monday 10 February, Scotland's Chief Medical Officer announced that two laboratories, one in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh, will now begin to process tests from Scotland. The press release can be accessed at: www.gov.scot/news/novelcoronavirus-testing/

The Scottish Government does not have information about locations where individual patients have presented with symptoms and had samples taken. Responsibility for the effective preparation and response to outbreaks and incidents lies with Health Protection Scotland. You can find out more about Health Protection Scotland, including updates about coronavirus, from their website: www.hps.scot.nhs.uk

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