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Symptomatic testing (COVID-19)
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Symptomatic testing

Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptomatic testing:
Frequently Asked Questions

If you have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) it is crucial that you self-isolate and book a test right away.

Self-isolation means staying at home all the time, with no other households coming inside.

  • Don’t pop to the shops or drop the children off at school, even if you’re wearing a face covering
  • Don’t go to school or nursery
  • Don’t take the dog for a walk
  • Don’t let people come into your home to bring shopping, look after children or for any other gathering.

Where can I get a test?

A Mobile Covid-19 Testing Unit is currently touring North Ayrshire, allowing residents who have COVID-19 symptoms to get a free swab test as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities. 

Mobile Testing Units will be open from 10am to 5:30pm at:

  • Thursday 21 October and Friday 22 October: Dregorn Fire Station, Corsehill Mount Road, Dreghorn, KA11 4JZ
  • Saturday 23 October and Sunday 24 October: Beith Community Centre, Kings Road, Beith, KA15 2BQ
  • Monday 25 October and Tuesday 26 October: KA Leisure carpark, 22 Quarry Road, Irvine, KA12 0TH
  • Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October: Vikingar Leisure Centre carpark, 40 Greenwood Road, Largs, KA30 8QL

If the Mobile Testing Unit is not in your area when you develop symptoms, you should make an appointment for the drive-through testing site at Prestwick Airport Car Park 4.

You may have the option, depending on availability, to book a home test kit. Home test kits are an option where people seeking a test are unable to attend a drive-through centre or Mobile Testing Unit site.

For information on how to book a test, please see below.

How do I book a test?

Tests for either the Mobile Testing Unit or the Prestwick Airport drive-through site must be booked in advance or by calling 0800 028 2816.

For Mobile Testing Units, booking opens at 6pm on the evening before the testing unit opens at each site.

What measures should I follow when going for a test?

If you're attending a test centre, you will be required to follow public health measures:

  • physical distancing
  • not travelling by taxi or public transport
  • practising good personal hygiene
  • wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the mobile testing sites)

What should I do if my test is positive?

If you test positive you will need to self-isolate for 10 days. You will be contacted by the local contact tracing team so that your close contacts can be identified. These close contacts will also be asked to self-isolate for 10 days.

If you are asked to self-isolate and are concerned about the financial impact your employer should be able to assist you, you may be:

• eligible/entitled to statutory sick pay

• eligible for a Self-Isolation Support Grant

For more information on these and other types of support available, please contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000 or Textphone on 0800 111 4114.

The Scottish Government has made more advice available through a self-isolation factsheet.

What should I do if my test is negative?

You should continue to follow the preventative measures currently recommended for stopping the spread of the virus.

You can help protect yourself, others and the NHS by remembering FACTS:

• F – Face Coverings

• A – Avoid crowded places

• C – Clean hands regularly

• T – Two-meter distancing (where possible/applicable)

• S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

If you later develop Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms you can book a test or call 0800 028 2816.