Beating covid together - answers to questions you may have about asymptomatic tests
Free tests are now available in Helensburgh for people without covid-19 symptoms. Here are answers to questions you may have.
Why should I get tested if I have no 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.
When and where can I get tested?
Testing is available Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm, in the Church Hall, Colquhoun Square, Helensburgh.
Do I need to book before going?
No, there’s no need to book.
How long does it take to get tested?
Less than 15 minutes.
I’ve had a covid-19 vaccine. Can I still get an asymptomatic test?
People who have been vaccinated can continue to get asymptomatic tests. There is no need to wait any specific amount of time after being vaccinated.
What should I do if I test positive?
If you test positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days.
Don't let the worry of having to self-isolate stop you from getting tested. We're here to help where we can.
Information on the support available can be found at https://www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/coronavirus/how-to-get-tested
See also https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolation-factsheet/
What happens if I test negative?
You should continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.
You can help protect yourself, others and the NHS by remembering: FACTS.
• F – Face Coverings
• A – Avoid crowded places
• C – Clean hands regularly
• T – Two meter distancing (where possible/applicable)
• S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
What should someone do if they have coronavirus symptoms?
Free testing continues to be available to everyone in Scotland.
If you have symptoms (high temperature, continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell), please book a test at nhsinform.scot or by calling 0300 303 2713.
Find out more here: Testing for people without covid symptoms available in Helensburgh (argyll-bute.gov.uk)