Scotland has set up nine new dedicated swine flu swabbing centres to test patients with symptoms of the virus across the west of the country.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has started laboratory testing to confirm suspected cases through swabbing centres after concerns were raised about the effectiveness of clinical diagnosis by GPs.

GPs will refer people with symptoms of the flu to one of the centres to have a swab taken from their nose or throat.

The samples will be sent for testing and confirmed patients will be given antiviral prescriptions.

This move is expected to diagnose patients the quickest and provide demographics of flu infection, UK newspaper The Herald reports.