Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop new variants spreading in Edinburgh. Infection rates are rising again across Edinburgh, so we’re still asking people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:
- Wester Hailes Library until Saturday 4 September (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm
- Blackhall Library until Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm
- Gilmerton Library, Monday 6 September to Saturday 11 September, 9am to 6pm
- Hearts Tynecastle Stadium rear car park (accessed of Wheatfield Place) until Sunday 5 September, 10am to 5pm
- James Pringle Weavers, 70-74 Bangor Road, Leith, EH6 5JU until Sunday 5 September, 9.30am to 5pm
- Tumbles/Power League car park, 20 Westbank Street, Portobello EH15 1DR until Sunday 5 September, 9.30am to 5pm
- Craigmillar Medical Practice, 106 Niddrie Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH16 4DT, until Sunday 5 September, Mon-Sat 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 5pm
- South East locality office, 40 Captain’s Road, Edinburgh, EH17 8Q, until Sunday 5 September, Mon-Sat 10am to 5.30pm and Sunday 9.30am to 5pm.
There’s no need to book and you can also pick up home testing kits. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.
If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119 or collect them from most chemists or libraries in Edinburgh.
Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.
You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting
Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.