COVID-19 Community Testing

Community Test Centre

What is community testing?

This is testing for people who have no COVID-19 symptoms but who could still be infectious and spreading the virus without knowing it.

A drop in testing centre for East Dunbartonshire is located in the War Memorial Hall in Bishopbriggs.

Who should get tested?

The community tests are for anyone living, working or attending school in the East Dunbartonshire area, or visiting. It is only for those who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. 

Drop-in to Bishopbriggs War Memorial Hall Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.00pm.* You don’t need to book ahead. 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms you must book your test through the NHS Inform website instead.

Walk in Test Centre - Location & Opening Times

A walk-in COVID-19 test centre has been set up in the War Memorial Hall to identify those in East Dunbartonshire who may have COVID-19, but who do not have any symptoms:

War Memorial Hall
Balmuildy Road
Bishopbriggs G64 3BX

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5:00pm. Please note: the last test each day is 4:30pm as tests take 30 minutes to process.

How to get there

This map of the area shows the location of the War Memorial Hall. There is parking on site at the rear of the building.

map

What to expect

When you arrive at the test centre there will be clear signage to direct you to where to go

One of the testing team will help you to register for your test, either on your own mobile phone or a device at the test centre

You will be guided through to the testing booths and given instructions on carrying out your swab test.

One of the testing team will then conduct the test on your sample and process the results. 

Once you have provided your swab you should leave the test centre following the signs and return home to wait for the results.

The Lateral Flow Test devices being used provide a rapid test result in just 30 minutes. Your result will be texted to you once it is available.

Please see below for a short video.

Mobile Testing Bus - Location & Opening Times

A mobile testing bus has been introduced to support community testing in our local area, for those without COVID-19 symptoms. 

Our testing team will take the bus around our key population centres and we encourage you to come along and take a test when the bus is in your local area. 

Please note, last testing time is 4pm each day, 30 mins before closing time, unless otherwise indicated.

Testing Bus locations week beginning Monday 18 October 2021: Bus Not Operating

Testing Bus locations week beginning Monday 25 October 2021:

Day Date Location Time
Monday 25/10/21 Milngavie Precinct  09:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 26/10/21 Milngavie Precinct  09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 27/10/21 Milngavie Precinct  09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 28/10/21 Milngavie Precinct  09:30 - 16:30
Friday 29/10/21 Milngavie Precinct  09:30 - 16:30

Positive Test

If you test positive following your community COVID-19 test you and your whole household must immediately self-isolate. 

Your community COVID-19 test is done using a Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test and you should arrange for a further PCR test to confirm your result. 

You can book your PCR test via NHS Inform at www.nhsinform.scot and search for COVID-19 testing. You and your household must self-isolate while waiting for the PCR confirmation result.

There is lots of support available to anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 and therefore needs to isolate.

You can request help if you are:

  • Needing help with food/shopping
  • Struggling to pay your gas/electricity bills - find out about our crisis and community care grants
  • Unable to collect medication
  • Having difficulty paying for a funeral
  • Needing Welfare support (help with applying for Universal Credit or other benefits, managing deductions from benefits, support in applying for a Scottish Welfare Fund crisis grant or other financial help)
  • Having other financial difficulties (paying council tax, rent, household bills)
  • Feeling socially isolated
  • Unable to get out and need your dog walked
  • Having difficulty isolating

To request any support at all while you and your household isolate, please phone the free National Assistance Line:

0800 111 4000 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm)

You will be routed to one of our local Council team who will be able to help with the support you need for your 10 day isolation.

Self-isolation 

Home Testing Kits

Home Testing kits can also be collected from the War Memorial Hall or from the mobile testing bus.

Last pick up for home testing kits at the War Memorial Hall is 5.30pm so that the clinical team can provide support and ensure that everyone is able to take the home test correctly.

Alternatively, testing kits can be ordered online for home delivery from the UK Government website. www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

How to take a Lateral Flow Test

Access the Lateral Flow Device Step-By-Step Guide with Professor Jason Leitch, which can be found in multiple languages here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to do a rapid lateral flow device (LFD) test at home | NHS inform

Alternatively, please see video below.