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Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland

Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested in Scotland
Testing in Scotland

Testing in Scotland

The UK government has established a network of COVID testing facilities. This programme runs alongside the existing programme of testing in the NHS for clinical purposes and testing of key workers in health and social care.

Testing will allow anyone with symptoms to know if they have the virus.

Priority for health and social care workers

Health and social care workers will continue to be primarily routed through NHS testing at local NHS facilities. These workers continue to be prioritised to ensure critical staff can return to work as soon as it is safe to do so. 

The UK Government testing programme in Scotland is additional capacity to supplement NHS testing.


First published: 17 Oct 2020 Last updated: 17 Oct 2020 -