Community Testing – How to get tested

The way you get tested for coronavirus in Scotland depends on whether you are showing symptoms for Covid

Do you have any of the following symptoms?

  • A high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
  • Select NO if you wish to access free Lateral Flow Home Test Kits

Yes    No

You have selected that you are not showing Covid-19 symptoms

I have no symptoms, why should I get tested?

Getting tested is a key step in keeping each other safe and stopping the spread of covid-19, whether or not you have symptoms.

People can be infectious and spread the infection to others without realising. Identifying and supporting infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms will help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

If you test positive support is available if you need it to self-isolate.

Lateral Flow Test Kits are available to all citizens who have no symptoms but who wish to get tested. Everyone in Scotland is encouraged to take this type of test twice a week. You should also take an LFD test before you socialise or travel in Scotland.

What’s on Offer?

  • You can order a Free Lateral Flow Test home testing Kit at www.gov.scot/communitytesting.
    You can also obtain a kit by phoning the Coronavirus Testing Helpline on 03003032713 or from your local pharmacist.
  • Testing for people who are not showing symptoms is available 5 days a week for anyone who lives or works in area with an asymptomatic test site
  • At present there is a fixed test site at Victoria Halls, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TU in Helensburgh.
    Opening hours for Helensburgh asymptomatic testing centre:
    Tuesdays - 9.30am to 4pm
    Wednesdays - 9.30am to 4pm
    Thursdays - 9.30am to 4pm
    Fridays - 9.30am to 4pm
  • Temporary testing sites are being set up, details will be posted below when they are available:
  • Aqualibrium, Campbeltown - Monday 17th to Friday 21st January 2022
    Monday 17th - 10.30am to 4pm
    Tuesday 18th - 9am to 11am (also home test kit distribution at Tesco Supermarket from 11am to 1pm, and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm)
    Wednesday 19th - 9am to 11am (also home test kit distribution at Tesco Supermarket from 11am to 1pm, and from 1.30pm to 3.30pm)
    Thursday 20th - 9am to 12pm (also home test kit distribution and vaccination clinic at Campbeltown Hospital from 3pm to 7pm)
    Friday 21st - 9am to 3pm
  • There is no charge for your test which will be a lateral flow test. Results take around an hour to process.
  • You should not use these testing sites if you have Covid symptoms, instead call the national testing helpline on 0300 303 2713 or 0800 028 2816 to make an appointment.
  • Lateral flow test kits can also now be collected from many LiveArgyll facilities, the locations and opening times are below:
    • Aqualibrium Leisure Centre, Campbeltown (Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 7am – 9pm; Tuesday & Thursday: 7am – 8pm and Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 3pm)
    • Helensburgh Leisure Centre (Tuesday to Friday: 7am – 9pm and Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm)
    • Helensburgh Library (Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30am – 4.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm and Friday & Saturday: 9.30 – 1pm)
    • Oban Library (Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30am – 4.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm and Friday & Saturday: 9.30 – 1pm)
    • Queen’s Hall, Dunoon * (Mon – Fri: 7am – 8pm; Sat: 8am – 4pm and Sun: 9am – 4pm)
      *Queen’s Hall has 2 collection points – the main reception desk and Dunoon Library
    • Riverside Leisure Centre (Monday to Friday: 7am – 7pm and Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm)
    • Rothesay Leisure Centre (Monday to Friday: 7am – 7pm and Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 3pm)
    • Rothesay Library (Tuesday & Wednesday: 9.30am – 4.30pm; Thursday: 9.30am – 6.30pm and Friday & Saturday: 9.30 – 1pm)

What guidance do I need follow to attend?

  • Please follow the instructions provided to you by staff and/or signage.
  • Remember to wear a face mask or covering at all times.
  • Observe the rules on physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart.
  • Bring your mobile phone with you so you can register to receive your results by text.
  • If you don’t have a mobile phone we’ll make alternative arrangements to make sure that you can get your results easily.
  • If you are driving to your appointment, please park safely. Do not wait at the test site for your results. Return straight home and await your results.

What happens when I arrive at the testing site?

Staff will support and guide you through your visit. We’ll ask you to take a lateral flow test – this is a quick and easy test which can be processed on site. We’ll let you know your results by text or email within a day of your test. Once you’ve completed the test please return home and wait for your results.

What if my test is negative – I do not have Covid?

You don’t have to take any action but please bear in mind that your result was determined from swabs taken at a specific time. 

Covid is still circulating so following your test you could catch the virus from another person or surface shortly afterwards if you do not take the necessary precautions.

What if my test is positive and I do have covid?

If your lateral flow test is positive you should follow the current guidance for people who have had a postive lateral flow test result (please note, this guidance was updated in Scotland on 6th January 2022)

Current guidance on positive lateral flow test results is available on the NHS Inform website

What if I need to self-isolate?

It is critical that you (and any other household members) self-isolate if you receive a positive test result. If you have any concerns about self-isolation please contact our Coronavirus helpline on 01546 605524. Read more information on financial support while self isolating and Information on domestic support.
A downloadable, printable document regarding sources of support is also available

You have selected that you are showing Covid-19 symptoms

This includes (high temperature, continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell).

Please book a PCR test at nhsinform.scot or by calling 119 or 0800 028 2816.

More information on Testing can be found at NHS Inform - Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing in Scotland.

If you need help

How to get tested

You can book a PCR test at nhsinform.scot or by calling 119 or 0800 028 2816.

Details of testing locations in Argyll and Bute

People with no internet or unable to travel should call 119 or 0800 028 2816

What if I need to self-isolate?

It is critical that you (and any other household members) self-isolate if you receive a positive test result.

If you have any concerns about self-isolation please contact our corona virus helpline on 01546 605524.

Read more information on financial support while self isolating and Information on domestic support.