A new Paisley town centre walk-through testing site for people with symptoms of COVID-19 is being opened in the Bridge Street car park on Bridge Street, Paisley on Tuesday 19 January 2021.
It is part of the NHS/government national testing programme and is in addition to the main sites, such as the one at Glasgow Airport.
You should only book a test if you have symptoms of COVID-19, that is, a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
About the site
Local walk-through testing centres are being set up in urban areas and are designed to be easy to reach for people who can’t get to the main drive-through sites via car. Anybody can attend – you don’t have to live in Paisley.
As it is not a drive-through centre – you will need to access it on foot. However, you can park nearby – there is free parking at Renfrewshire House on Cotton Street, Paisley.
If you have symptoms of COVID, please do not travel to the site by bus/train/public transport or taxi.
You must wear a face covering. If you are medically exempt from wearing a face covering, do not visit the local test site – please request a home testing kit via the national testing website instead.
About the test
The test you will take is known as a PCR test. This is the same test you would get at other NHS/government testing sites.
On arrival, you will be asked to confirm your identity, issued with a test kit, and given guidance on where to go and how to use it.
You will need to take swabs from your nose and mouth. The test takes less than a minute.
This Scottish Government video explains more about what you need to do:
After the test
If you have symptoms of Covid19, you and anyone you live with must self-isolate while you wait on your result. If you test positive:
- you and all other members of your household must isolate at home for 10 days from the day your test was taken;
- you must follow all other NHS guidance, including working with NHS Test and Protect to trace any close contacts of yours.
For what to do if you think you or someone in your house has Covid19, see NHS Inform.
For more information on testing and what to do if you test positive, see NHS Inform.
Information provided by Renfrewshire Council.