Health secretary asked if isles testing can show the way to others

Shetland’s bespoke home testing system could be an example for other health authorities.

That is the belief of Labour’s Rhoda Grant, who is  asking  Scottish health secretary Jeane Freeman if other rural areas could provide the same.

Mrs Grant released findings highlighting problems in ordering home testing kits in large swathes of the Highlands and Islands .

In a rebuttal, NHS Shetland’s chief executive Michael Dickson that Shetland had been at the forefront of home testing. 

“I was inspired by Shetland’s example, which managed to get around a major flaw in national planning for Covid testing,” said Mrs Grant.

“I have now contacted Ms Freeman to ask if other areas of the region could learn from Shetland’s example and set up their own individual delivery, pick-up and results systems so residents can receive quick and accurate results without leaving their homes.”


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.