How to get tested if you have symptoms

If you are showing Coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste - then you must self isolate and arrange to be tested.

The drive-through Coronavirus Tayside regional testing facility is at Dudhope Castle, Dundee. Access to the site at Dudhope Castle is via Barrack Road in the city centre and the testing site is in the staff car park within the grounds of the castle on the west side. The public car park will be unaffected and will remain operational. The facility is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week.

Anyone with Coronavirus symptoms, however mild, can get a free swab test that takes less than a minute. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you can book a test at nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816. If you need support with the booking process, call 119.

The facility will provide self-administered tests for the community and anyone who gets a test at the site can expect to receive their results the next day.

Three walk-through Coronavirus testing centres are also open in Dundee:

  • Within the Park Place car park on the University of Dundee campus
  • In Downfield, situated within Kirkton Community Centre car park
  • At South Road car park

The sites operate seven days a week, from 8am to 8pm, and are only for those who don’t have access to a car.

Those who can drive to get tested should continue to use the existing test centre at Dudhope Castle Car Park.

Tests must be booked in advance at www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.

In addition to this, mobile testing units will focus service provision in Angus and Perth & Kinross.

Please note, all of the sites listed on this page can also now test people who don't have symptoms of the virus.

Dates and locations:

Myre Car Park
Forfar DD8 1AZ
Mobile Testing Centre
Drive through and walking
Recommended to pre-book on website
but will take ad-hoc

7 days a week
10am-5.30pm

Broxden Park & Ride
Perth PH2 0PX

Mobile Testing Centre
Drive through and walking
Recommended to pre-book on website
but will take ad-hoc
7 days a week
Thimblerow Car Park
Perth PH1 5QT
Mobile Testing Centre
Walking, cycling and drive through
Recommended to pre-book on website
but will take ad-hoc

7 days a week
8am-8pm

Bruce House Car Park
Arbroath DD11 3TO
Walk-through testing unit 7 days a week
8am-8pm

If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate at home straight away along with other members of your household.

Further testing expansion for close contacts

Anyone who is identified as a close contact of somebody who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be asked to get tested.

The measure is designed to find asymptomatic cases that would otherwise go undetected, as close contacts are at higher risk than the wider population, given their exposure to somebody with COVID-19.

Previously, outbreak Incident Management Teams (IMTs) have had the ability to order testing of close contacts on a case-by-case basis, in line with local assessment of clinical risk.

Now everyone who has been identified as a close contact via the Protect Scotland app, or through manual contact tracing, will be provided with instructions on how to book a PCR test.

The approach does not replace self-isolation in any way, and close contacts who test negative will still have to complete 10 days of self-isolation, as the virus’ incubation period means the risk of developing COVID-19 is only significantly reduced 10 days after exposure.

This means anyone leaving self-isolation early could still inadvertently infect others if they become positive at a later date. Read the full article.