COVID-19 Community Testing

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

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

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 4.30pm
Please note the last test each day is 4.15pm

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.


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. 

The bus will be at Milngavie Precinct - Monday to Friday throughout January - from 9.30am to 4pm. 

Please note:

  • The bus won't be in operation on Wednesday 26 January due to a scheduled service
  • The last testing time is 30 mins before closing time 

Positive Test

There has been a recent change to the self-isolation guidance. In summary the changes are as follows:

  • Positive cases are advised to self-isolate for 10 days. However, if the individual returns two consecutive negative LFD tests taken at least 24 hours apart with the first test no earlier than day 6 they may end isolation before the end of the 10 day period if they have no fever.
  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated, having received 3 doses of the vaccination (plus 14 days) or are aged under 18 years and 4 months, can take daily LFD tests for 7 days instead of isolation - provided the tests are negative and they remains without symptoms. If someone has not received 3 doses of the vaccination, they will need to book a PCR test and even if this is a negative result, they will need to isolate for 10 days.

NHS Inform has further up-to-date information. 

Test and Protect

Test and Protect is NHS Scotland’s approach to controlling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The system will help to prevent the virus from spreading, by testing those who have symptoms and then tracing and isolating any close contacts of those who have symptoms. It will only work if we all play our part:

  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Provide information to trace possible contacts
  • Isolate when asked to do so

Home Testing Kits

Home Testing kits can also be collected from:

  • War Memorial Hall, Bishopbriggs
  • The community testing bus in Milngavie precinct
  • The Allander, Leisuredrome and Kirkintilloch leisure centres
  • Auchinairn, Hillhead and Twechar community centres
  • The four Community Hubs (Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Lennoxtown, Kirkintilloch).

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