How to get tested if you don't have symptoms

Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms but could potentially be passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and the wider community without knowing it.

Testing for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 is available in communities across Tayside. The mobile testing sites are walk-in and there is no need to book an appointment. However, to make the process quicker, you can book in advance and pre-register your details by phoning 119.  

Tayside residents who don’t have any of the three COVID symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested at the sites.

By getting tested at one of the Community Testing sites you can find out if you have the virus and if you are positive take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others by self-isolating. You’ll also have access to the kind of confidential support you might need if you have to self-isolate including advice and information on accessing different financial support alongside practical measures such as food packages.

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Mobile testing units

Mobile testing vans offer Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Results are usually available within an hour.

Anyone who tests positive following an LFD test will be asked to attend for a PCR test to confirm their result and must self-isolate whilst they await their result.

The mobile units are operated by staff from British Red Cross who will support anyone attending through the quick and painless testing procedure. Full instructions for taking the test will be provided.

The sites follow a weekly rota at the following locations:

Angus 10.30am to 4pm  Day 
Arbroath – Stanley Street Car Park  Monday
Monifieth - Riverview Car Park (football piches)  Tuesday
Brechin - Maisondieu West Car Park  Wednesday
Forfar – East Greens Car Park  Thursday
Kirriemuir – Kirrie Connections Car Park  Friday
Montrose - Baltic Street Car Park  Saturday
Carnoustie - High School Car Park  Sunday
   
Dundee 10am to 4pm unless otherwise indicated Day
Finmill Community Centre Monday
Menzieshill Community Centre (10am - 2pm) Tuesday
Douglas Sports Centre Wednesday
Dundee City Centre – East Whale Lane Car Park Thursday
Dundee International Sports Centre Friday
Dundee City Centre – East Whale Lane Car Park Saturday
Broughty Ferry - Forthill Primary School Sunday
   
Perth & Kinross 10am to 4pm Day
Atholl Street Car Park, Dunkeld Monday
Aberfeldy Community Fire Station Tuesday
Atholl Street Car Park, Dunkeld Wednesday
Davie Park, Blairgowrie Thursday
Auchterarder Fire Station Friday
Kinross Fire Station Saturday
Perth Community Fire Station Sunday

Permanent testing venues

PCR Testing is also available across Tayside every day from 8am to 8pm for anyone whether you have symptoms or not. People can book a test via nhsinform.scot or by calling 119.

Testing at home

You can also collect a rapid test kit (LFD) from the permanent testing venues. LFD kits to self-test at home are now also available from community pharmacies. You can find out which pharmacies are taking part by going to NHS inform, following a link and entering your postcode.

You can also order kits for delivery to your home.

Remember that after every test you should record your test results, whether positive or negative. This helps to track the prevalence of Covid-19 in the local community.

Testing for seasonal agricultural workers

In line with existing public health measures for all international travellers coming to Scotland, people arriving from outside the UK to work on farms need to go into self-isolation for 10 days.

The measures require all workers to take a PCR test for Covid-19 on days two and eight of self-isolation so that new strains of coronavirus can be identified quickly and effectively to protect public health on the farms and in the wider community.

This video explains how to take the test. It is also available in these languages:

Support to self-isolate

Dedicated support is available to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial support. Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from NHSinform or your local council.

Frequently asked questions

For further information, download NHS Tayside's FAQ document.