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

Community test centres are open in Wester Hailes library and Gilmerton library for people living locally only. If you do not live locally, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online call the National Testing Centre on

0300 303 2713.

We are pleased to be offering rapid community testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms at centres in areas of Edinburgh where case numbers of COVID-19 are or have been high. We plan to run these from April 2021 for a minimum of six months.

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.

These community testing centres are strictly for people with no symptoms who live in the area near the test centre. 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

Community testing centre locations and opening times

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

Centres are based 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.

We are currently offering testing in Wester Hailes library and Gilmerton library for people who live locally with no symptoms.

Wester Hailes library

Wester Hailes library, is open from Monday 3 May to Sunday 9 May from 9am to 6pm. This centre is for people with no COVID-19 symptoms who live in

  • Dumbryden
  • Hailesland
  • Murrayburn
  • Clovenstone
  • Wester Hailes
  • Westburn
  • The Calders
  • Parkhead
  • Sighthill
  • Broomhouse
  • Bankhead.

Gilmerton library

Gilmerton library, is open from Monday 10 May to Sunday 23 May from 9am to 6pm. This centre is for people with no COVID-19 symptoms who live in

  • Moredun
  • Craigour
  • Hyvots
  • Gilmerton
  • Gracemount
  • Burdiehouse
  • Southhouse
  • Gilmerton South
  • The Murrays.

If you do not live in any of these areas, please do not travel to the Gilmerton library. You can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or call the National Testing Centre on

0300 303 2713.

Registering

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

Community testing centres are for people with no COVID-19 symptoms who could still be infectious and spreading the virus without knowing it. If you have COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell), do not come to the community testing centres. You should

You do not need to book an appointment. 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.

  1. You do the test yourself by taking a swab at the back of your throat and up your nose.
  2. You 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.