COVID-19 community testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms

Community testing

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 do not have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to their loved ones, friends and others in the community. By getting tested you can find out if you are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. Even if you have been vaccinated, come for a test as you may still carry and pass on the virus.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

These community testing centres are strictly for people with no symptoms. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) you must self-isolate and

If you have no symptoms and are not close to a community test centre

If you do not live locally, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or call the National Testing Centre on

119.

Mobile testing unit locations

Home testing kits are not available for collection from mobile testing units. 

  • Scottish Water, 55 Buckstone Terrace Monday 26 July to Friday 30 July 9.30am to 5.00pm
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from 16 July to Sunday 8 August, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.
  • Tynecastle Stadium rear car park (accessed of Wheatfield Place) from Monday 26 July to Sunday 8 August 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Hibs Stadium (car park at the back of the East Stand) from Monday 26 July to Sunday 1 August 9.30am to 4.30pm
  • Drumbrae Hub, 81 Drumbrae Drive EH4 7FE Monday 26 July 1pm to 5pm, Tuesday 27 July to Sunday 1 August 10am to 5pm (Note this is walk in test centre only, not drive through)
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm
  • South East Locality Office, 40 Captain’s Road, EH17 8QF from Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm
  • Craigroyston Community High School, 64 Pennywell Road, EH4 4NL, Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm

Community testing centre locations and opening times

Community testing centres are walk-in centres - you do not need to make an appointment. Each centre is open for a limited time to offer rapid coronavirus testing but may open again in the same location, depending on community infection rates.

Centres are often in libraries in areas where case numbers are or have been high. Libraries make suitable testing centres as they are in the heart of our communities and easy for most people to get to on foot, by bike or by bus.

Moredun Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 26 July to Saturday 31 July. You can also pick up home testing kits here.

Piershill Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 26 July to Saturday 7 August (closed Sunday 1 August). You can also pick up home testing kits here.

McDonald Road Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 26 July to Saturday 31 July. Then open again from 9am to 6pm from Monday 9 August to Saturday 14 August. You can also pick up home testing kits here.

Wester Hailes Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 2 August to Saturday 7 August. You can also pick up home testing kits here.

Gilmerton Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed Sunday 8 August) . You can also pick up home testing kits here.

Fountainbridge Library

Open from 9am to 6pm from Monday 9 August to Saturday 14 August. You can also pick up home testing kits here.

Registering for a test

You do not need to book an appointment, but you will need to register when you arrive. If you have a smartphone you will register with this. If you do not have a smartphone, a member of the team will register for you. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Taking the test

It takes less than 15 minutes to take the lateral flow test and around 45 minutes to get the results.

Please do not eat or drink 30 minutes before taking the test to reduce the risk of spoiling the test.

Our team will direct you to a booth where you will get instructions on how to take the test.

You do the test yourself:

  1. take a swab at the back of your throat and up your nose.
  2. put the swap into a tube and give it to a member of our team who will take it away to be analysed.

Parents and guardians must swab test children under 11. You can give consent to a carer or someone else accompanying you to help you with your test.

After you take the test

We will ask you to return to your home and to stay there until we text your test result to your mobile phone approximately 45 minutes after you have taken the test. Please do not go shopping or do anything else until you receive your test result.

If you do not have a smartphone, we will ask you to wait in a safe area at the test centre until your result is ready.

If your test result is negative

This means that you are probably not carrying the virus at this particular moment. Please continue to follow FACTS public health guidance and the protective measures to keep yourself and others safe and to reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 in the future. We may come back to this site and if we do and you remain symptom-free we would like you to come back and take another test.

If your lateral flow test result is positive

You must take a PCR test to confirm the positive results from your lateral flow test. A PCR test is considered the most accurate test for detecting infection. You can 

Do not make any unnecessary trips or meet anyone from another household before you have the result from the PCR test.

If your PCR test is positive

You must self-isolate for ten full days from the date you took your PCR test.

NHS Test and Protect will contact you and ask you to identify any close contacts you may have been in touch with. Everyone in your household will need to self-isolate for ten full days after the date you took your PCR test. Close contacts will need to self-isolate, ten full days from their last contact with you.

Find rapid lateral flow sites and test collection sites in Edinburgh