Targeted community testing
Since January 2021, we have been working in partnership with Public Health Scotland, local authorities and NHS boards to deliver a targeted community testing programme for people with no symptoms of coronavirus.
By targeting communities where the virus rate is high, is quickly rising or has been identified as high risk, we can find positive cases that would have otherwise been missed. This is a crucial way to stop the spread of the virus in local communities.
Further information on the number of cases identified through this programme can be found on the Public Health Scotland COVID-19 statistical dashboard.
Around 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not have symptoms. That is why free, fast and regular testing for people who do not have symptoms is available to everyone in Scotland. If you live in a targeted community it is particularly important that you participate in testing. Financial and practical support is available
Further information on which communities are being targeted can be found on your NHS Board website.
Ayrshire and Arran
Dumfries and Galloway
Greater Glasgow and Clyde
East Renfrewshire, Refrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire
You may also see targeted local advertising encouraging you to test.
There are two types of test sites in the targeted community testing programme, that may be available in your area:
Rapid test sites
Rapid test sites will offer you a lateral flow test. This involves you taking your sample onsite and leaving it for analysis. You should receive the result in one hour. Find out if there is a rapid test site near you.
Mobile testing units
Mobile testing units run by the Scottish Ambulance Service will offer either:
- rapid lateral flow tests you can take home and record your result online, or
- onsite PCR tests that will then be sent to a laboratory for analysis
If you want a PCR test you must book in advance using the process below:
- go to https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test scroll down until you get to the 'Get a free PCR test' section and select ‘start now’
- answer yes or no to essential worker
- scroll to the bottom of page and select ‘continue’
- select no, none of these symptoms
- asked to get a follow up test - choose no
- when asked if part of a trial or government pilot, choose no
- select ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’