COVID19 Coronavirus test kit is posted through the car window at the Mobile Testing Unit in Kendal 250420 CREDIT MOD
Coronavirus

Army Hands Over Scottish Mobile Testing Units To Ambulance Service

The Scottish Ambulance Service has taken over duties at COVID-19 Mobile Testing Units in Scotland.

COVID19 Coronavirus test kit is posted through the car window at the Mobile Testing Unit in Kendal 250420 CREDIT MOD

The British Army has handed over the operation and delivery of COVID-19 testing at Scottish Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) to the Scottish Ambulance Service on Monday.

To transition duties, Scottish Ambulance Service staff and soldiers joined forces over the past week to facilitate the handover.

Since April, 100,000 coronavirus tests were conducted by soldiers in the communities around Scotland as part of the Department of Health and Social Care's virus testing programme.

Each mobile testing unit was staffed by 12 members of the Army and supported by central staff at the Joint Military Command in Scotland.

The highest number of people tasted at an Army-run MTU in one day was 773.

UK Armed Forces personnel have played a key role in the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

During the peak of the military's response, 20,000 troops were at readiness, with more than 4,000 of them deployed at any one time.

In Scotland, the Army was also involved in the conversion of Glasgow's SEC Centre into a temporary NHS hospital.

Cover image: A library picture of a COVID-19 test at an MTU site (Picture: MOD).