Test and Protect

Test and Protect, Scotland’s approach to implementing the 'test, trace, isolate, support' strategy, is in place from Thursday, May 28. It is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

As part of this, you will be asked to self-isolate at home for 7 days if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or you have tested positive for it. If you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, you will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days.

How to get tested

Testing for coronavirus is available to anyone over the age of five who is showing symptoms – a high temperature, new, continuous cough or loss of taste or smell.

The tests can be booked at sites across Scotland, including one in Perth, or at mobile testing units which are visiting areas across Tayside.

A limited number of home test kits are also available.

The expanded programme ensures that anyone with symptoms can find out if they have the virus, and will therefore be able to know whether or not they should be isolating.

Tests can be booked online or by calling 0800 028 2816. NHS and social care key workers, and symptomatic household members of those workers, should still access testing through the NHS.

The latest dates and locations for the Mobile Testing Unit (MTU) are:

  • 4-12 July, Michelin Athletic Club, Baldovie House, Drumgeith Road, Dundee
  • 13-17 July, Arbroath High School, Keptie Road, Arbroath
  • 18-26 July, Michelin Athletic Club, Baldovie House, Drumgeith Road, Dundee
  • 27-31 July, Arbroath High School, Keptie Road, Arbroath

Please note that dates and locations may be subject to change at short notice.

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

How to self isolate

Self-isolation means you should remain at home and should not go to work, school, public areas or use public transport. You should not go out to buy food or other essentials.  You must stay at home.

While you are self-isolating, you should: 

  • stay at least 2 metres (6 feet, or 3 steps) away from other people in your home
  • stay in a different room from other people in your home, ensuring it is well-ventilated
  • sleep alone in a separate bed
  • spend as little time as possible in shared areas (sitting room, kitchen, bathroom)
  • avoid using your kitchen while others are present
  • use a separate towel to dry your hands after you wash them; and
  • clean your kitchen, bathroom and other surfaces throughout the house every day

You should always:

  • wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if your hands aren’t visibly dirty
  • catch your coughs or sneezes in a disposable tissue and put it in the bin, or catch them in the crook of your elbow; and
  • avoid touching your face, and especially your mouth, nose or eyes

It will be helpful to think about who you could ask for help to make sure you can stay at home and self-isolate successfully, such as your family, friends or neighbours who could collect food or medicines for you.  You can also often arrange to have repeat prescriptions delivered, and retailers can offer deliveries of food and other essentials.

Those who are self-isolating and cannot otherwise get the help they need should call 0800 111 4000.

The Scottish Government has published a guide to Test and Protect.