The Strand in Kilmarnock is being used as a temporary local facility for 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. 

The testing centre is a walk-through facility and appointments must be booked in advance.

Testing is free, quick and vital to stopping the spread of coronavirus. It's available for all ages and groups, including vulnerable groups and people with disabilities. 

How to book a test

Tests must be booked in advance at NHS inform: Test and Protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.

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).

You can expect your result the day after your test.

Opening hours

The centre is open seven days a week, with appointments available from 8am to 8pm.

The Strand testing location is at:

15 Strand Street

How does a walk-through test centre work?

  • If you're attending the walk-through 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.

Watch a video explaining the process for walk-through testing.

If you test positive, you will be contacted by NHS Scotland tracers. They will help you identify who you have been in contact with, protecting others from further transmission. 

Why has this centre been opened?

This walk-through test centre provides 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.

How should I travel to The Strand?

The Strand is easily accessible without a car. 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 Strand)

Is this safe? Why are you asking symptomatic people to walk into busy places?

Anyone attending an appointment at a walk-through 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.

Contact Information

Council Headquarters
London Road
East Ayrshire
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Telephone: 01563 554400
Textphone: 01563 576167
24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0345 724 0000 (local rate)

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