Community testing continues in East Ayrshire

Rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for all residents in East Ayrshire is moving to The Strand (Johnnie Walker Bond) in Kilmarnock from 9 April to 29 April for people without symptoms.

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government; NHS Scotland; The Army and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

Any residents who live in East Ayrshire who don’t have any of the three COVID symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell) are encouraged to get tested.

There is no need to book, and testing will be available from Friday 9 April to Thursday 29 April at:

  • The Strand, 15 Strand Street, Kilmarnock KA1 1HU
  • 10am-6pm, seven days a week

This is part of a longer term strategy of community testing, and plans to have rapid testing centres in other areas of East Ayrshire are currently being finalised.

This site is only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Lateral flow devices (LFD) will be used at the centre which can give people their results in around 45 minutes. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by PCR test. Those who receive a positive LFD or PCR test result will be asked to self-isolate.

Dedicated support is available to East Ayrshire residents who need to self-isolate, including access to food and financial support. Anyone who needs assistance should visit or call 01563 554400.

Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from

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