In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, we set up a team to carry out sampling in the community. This enabled individuals to remain in self-isolation in their own homes and to prevent healthcare settings and services from being overwhelmed by admissions for sampling of suspected cases. There is evidence that this is a cost effective, safe and necessary service to complement COVID-19 testing in hospitals.


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Mark, K., Steel, K., Stevenson, J., Evans, C., McCormick, D., Willocks, L., McCallum, A., Jones, L., Johannessen, I., Templeton, K., Koch, O. & Mackintosh, C. 2020, 'Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Community Testing Team in Scotland:A 14-day review, 6 to 20 February 2020', Eurosurveillance, 25(12). https://doi.org/10.2807/1560-7917.es.2020.25.12.2000217

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