Mobile test units will be available at the following locations for people with symptoms only:
- Monday 25 October: Car park at New Cumnock Town Hall, 10am-5.30pm
- Tuesday 26 October: Car park at Rose Reilly Sports Centre, 10am-5.30pm
- Wednesday 27 October: Car park at Dalmellington Area Centre, 10am-5.30pm
The booking portal for the sites will open from 6pm the night before they are in each location.
On days where no mobile testing units are available, testing can be booked for the walk-through test centre at The Strand in Kilmarnock.
How to book a test
Tests must be booked in advance. Book your test on the NHS Inform website or by calling 0800 028 2816.
What are mobile test units?
Mobile test units are temporary facilities which allow people who have COVID-19 symptoms to get a free swab test as part of the Government’s UK-wide drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for communities.
They provide another way for people without access to cars to book appointments, and to improve accessibility to testing in the heart of communities who need it most.
If you're coming to be tested, you will be required to follow public health measures including:
- physical distancing
- not travelling by taxi or public transport
- practising good personal hygiene
- wearing a face covering throughout (including travelling to and from the mobile testing sites)
Anyone attending an appointment at a mobile testing centre will be provided with guidance on getting to and from the site safely, including the measures listed above. The approach has been agreed with expert clinical oversight.
You should only book a test if you have coronavirus symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste).
If you have any of these symptoms you must self-isolate immediately, only leaving home to take a test. You should continue to self-isolate until you have received your result.
How the testing unit works
If you're attending the mobile testing centre, you'll be asked to confirm your identity on arrival. You will then be issued with a test kit and directed to a testing booth, where you will be given guidance to help you do the swab test yourself by taking swabs from both the nose and mouth.
The swab test takes less than a minute and is relatively pain-free. After safely completing the test, a testing assistant will advise you how to register your test online or by phone and then how to exit the centre. You should receive your result the next day.
What happens if you test positive
If you test positive you will be contacted by NHS Scotland tracers. They will let you know how long you and your household should self-isolate for and help you identify who you have been in contact with, protecting others from further transmission. Your close contacts will also hear from contact tracers, asking them to stay at home for 10 days to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus. They will be advised to also book a test if they develop symptoms.
What support can I receive if I test positive?
If you were to test positive, we have a range of support we can provide to help you isolate such as assistance with food deliveries, financial issues and wellbeing advice. Find out more on our help and support during coronavirus page.