PEOPLE in Clydebank are being urged to take heed of Scotland’s new Test and Protect strategy to help suppress Covid-19.

As soon as you start showing any coronavirus symptoms you should arrange to get tested.

When contacting individuals who have tested positive, contact tracers will ask people to identify others who they’ve been in close contact with and places they’ve been 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms.

This information will then be entered into contact tracing software and used to identify and contact those identified.

The positive individual will not be named by the contact tracer in line with patient confidentiality, unless they agree to have their details disclosed to help the contact tracing process.

The data gathered will be stored securely by NHS Scotland and will be safely destroyed as soon as possible after the pandemic concludes.

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Gil Paterson, Clydebank’s MSP, said: “I understand that people may be worried about the risks of potential phone scams, but the NHS already has a number of protections in place to stop potential fraudsters and ensure all information is kept confidential.

“Contact tracers will introduce themselves, state the reason for their call, and will always identify who they are calling by name.

“They will not ask for information about bank accounts or medical records, and they will not try to sell you anything.

“The tracers will be supported by software which builds on a tried and trusted platform, allowing teams to identify outbreaks and reduce transmission for high risk groups here in Clydebank.

“Test and Protect is one way we will tackle this pandemic, but physical distancing and good hand hygiene continues to play a huge role and minimises the spread of infection.”

If you experience any one of the Covid-19 symptoms – a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you must immediately self-isolate for a minimum of seven days.

As soon as you start showing symptoms you should go to or call 0800 028 2816 to arrange to get tested.