Renfrewshire Council

Gallowhill coronavirus testing unit for people with no symptoms

A mobile COVID-19 testing unit has been set up in Gallowhill in Paisley. It is for people who live in Gallowhill and are asymptomatic (ie do not have symptoms of COVID-19). 

It was set-up because Gallowhill has high rates of COVID-19. We encourage residents of Gallowhill to get a test - it will help protect you and the people around you by slowing the spread of the virus. 

The testing unit is split over two sites, both next to each other on the north end of Montgomery Road: 

  • The car park of Gallowhill Court high flats (drive-though site, for people arriving by car) 
  • The car park of the Martyr's Sandyford Church (walk-through site, for people arriving on foot) 

The tests unit will be in the area for one week, from Thursday 25 February to Wednesday 3 March, between 9.30am and 6pm each day.

The tests are being carried out by Scottish Ambulance Service, and we are helping them to manage the operation. 


Who can get tested 

The mobile test unit is only for people who live or go to school in Gallowhill and who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

Residents are eligible to get a test if you live inside the highlighted area on this map (the two test sites are shown).

Anyone aged five and over can be tested but anyone under 12 needs parental permission and to be accompanied by adult.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms 

Please do not come to or book an appointment for the Gallowhill mobile test unit if you have COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, change to sense of taste/smell)  

You should instead book a test at one of the other testing centres for people with symptoms. 

The nearest are the large drive-through site at Glasgow Airport and the local walk-through site at Bridge Street in Paisley. 


If you have already been vaccinated 

The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is under way. You can still catch and spread the virus even if you have received one or both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine. So we would still encourage everyone who lives in Gallowhill to get a test - whether you have been vaccinated or not. 


Why you should get tested 

Getting tested will help protect you, your loved ones and your community from COVID-19. 

Gallowhill has had high rates of the virus in recent weeks and we want to bring those rates down, which is why the mobile test unit is coming to the area. 

People don't always show symptoms when they have the virus - you could be passing it on to those around you without knowing. Getting tested is your chance to find out if you have it, and help stop the spread. 

If we can help bring the rates of COVID-19 down across the wider area, it will help the government to relax the restrictions and start to get life back to normal again, which we all want to see. 


How to book your appointment 

We recommend you book your appointment in advance online if you can. It means you will get your test results sent straight to your phone or email. 

If you turn up without an appointment the team will test you if there is capacity. You may have to wait outside, so dress for the weather. 

Anyone who doesn't have access to the internet will need a friend or relative to register their test online afterwards so they can get their results. 

You can book an appointment on the UK Government testing website. Instructions for how to book online are as follows: 

  1. Ignore the section which says not to use the service if you don't have symptoms. This does not apply to anyone booking for the Gallowhill mobile test unit, which is only for those with no symptoms.
  2. Scroll down to the section which says 'Get a free test online' and select 'Start now'.
  3. The website will confirm if tests are available. Scroll down to the bottom and select 'continue'.
  4. When asked if you have COVID-19 symptoms, select 'no'.
  5. When asked if you have been asked to get a follow-up test, select 'no'.
  6. When asked if you are taking part in a trial or pilot, select 'yes'.
  7. When asked which pilot or trial, select 'community testing'.
  8. Enter, your name, phone number, email address and postcode as required.
  9. Continue to answer the series of questions about your personal circumstances, and confirm your answers when prompted.
  10. You will be given the option to add the names of up to three other people from your household to be tested at the same time as you. 
  11. Please ignore the section which says you are not eligible for the test if you do not have symptoms - this does not apply to anyone booking for the Gallowhill mobile test unit.
  12. Select 'save and continue' and then 'Find a test site'. You should then be able to select the Gallowhill mobile test unit.
  13. Choose your appointment time and confirm your appointment.

Please note the Gallowhill site will be listed as Martyr's Sandyford Church. Please go to the church car park if arriving on foot, and to the car park of Gallowhill Court if arriving by car.


What to expect at the test site 

There will be no parking for visitors at the Martyr's Sandyford Church (which is for people arriving on foot only), so if you are travelling by car, please go to the drive-through unit at Gallowhill Court. 

The testing being run by staff from the Scottish Ambulance Service. Strict hygiene measures and physical distancing will be in place. You should wear a face covering, unless you are medically exempt. 

When you arrive at the site you will be asked to confirm your booking if you have one. You should do this by showing the confirmation text or email on your phone. 

If you have turned up without a booking, staff will give you a card with instructions on how to register to receive your test results after you have been tested. 


About the testing 

The test you will be given is known as a PCR test - this is the most accurate type of COVID-19 test and is the same one you would receive at the main test centres, such as the one at Glasgow Airport. 

You will take the test yourself, by putting a swab in your throat and up your nose. Staff will be able to help you if you needed. 

Staff will collect your test afterwards. It will be sent away to a laboratory to be analysed. You should get your results back within 24 to 48 hours via text or email on the phone number or email address you registered with. 

If you don't have a mobile or phone or email, staff at the test site will ask if you have a family member who does, and who could register to receive your results for you. 

If I test negative 

A negative test only means you don't have the virus on that day. The virus is still out there and you could still catch and spread it at any time. So even if you test negative, please continue to take care and follow the NHS guidance

If I test positive 

If you test positive: 

  • you and the rest of your household must start to self-isolate immediately. You must all do this for ten days from the date of your test; 
  • anyone else in your house who has not been tested should book a test to find out if they have the virus too; 
  • work with NHS Test and Protect to help them trace any close contacts you may have had; 
  • follow all the NHS guidance around self-isolation

Support for self-isolation 

The NHS Inform website has a helpful guide to how to keep you and the rest of your household safe when there has a been a positive case. 

Financial help is available - you may be eligible for a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant and you can apply through the council website.

If you need extra support and cannot get this from friends or family, phone the National Assistance Helpline (0800 111 4000) or textphone (0800 111 4114), open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. 

There are more ways to get support for you or someone you know through the Scottish Government's Ready Scotland website


What happens to my data 

Your data will be collected by NHS Scotland, who are the data controller, and will not be visible or accessible to the council. You can read more about how your data will be used here.