Covid Testing
 
To book a Covid PCR test, visit www.nhsinform.scot
(& click the 'Book a Test' link,
or telephone 119
Please do not contact the surgery as we will be unable to arrange tests on your behalf.
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing

Testing is part of the national Test and Protect approach to containing coronavirus (COVID-19).

Testing is available to people with and without symptoms. It can be carried out at home, or at one of the many coronavirus testing centres across Scotland.

You can get a test for:

  • yourself

  • someone you care for

  • a child in your care

Types of coronavirus test

The 2 main coronavirus tests are:

  • polymerase chain reaction (PCR) – used mainly for people with symptoms

  • lateral flow device (LFD) – used for people who do not have symptoms

 

The coronavirus test you should take depends on why you’re getting tested and whether you have symptoms.

LFD tests

LFD (lateral flow device) tests are self-tests for people who do not have coronavirus symptoms.

LFD tests:

  • are simple to use

  • give a result in 15 to 30 minutes

  • can be taken at home, or at an asymptomatic test site

  • help find positive cases in people who are infectious but don’t have symptoms

Click HERE to get an LFD test if you do not have symptoms

Everyone in Scotland is encouraged to take this type of test twice a week.

Your LFD test is not complete until you report your result, either online or by phone, and receive a result confirmation notification.

If you receive a positive LFD test result, you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test within 48 hours.

Free LFD test kits may be obtained from Boots the Chemist in Portree - The surgery do not stock LFD tests for public use.

PCR tests

You must take a PCR test if you have any one of the three symptoms of coronavirus. These are:

  • a high temperature or fever

  • a new continuous cough

  • a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste

A new, continuous cough means coughing for longer than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. If you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual.

Get a PCR test

Click HERE to find out how to do a PCR test at home and get advice on your test result

A PCR test involves taking a swab of the throat and nose. PCR tests are processed in a laboratory, and are a reliable way to detect the genetic material of a virus.

You’ll normally receive your PCR test result within 48 hours.

You should also book a PCR test if:

  • you’ve been asked to get a test by your local council, health protection team or healthcare professional

  • you’ve been asked to get a test to confirm a positive LFD result

  • you’ve had 2 or more void LFD results

  • you’ve been identified as a close contact through Test and Protect or the Protect Scotland app

  • you're a student returning to university in Scotland

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