Renfrewshire Council

Coronavirus testing

Where the nearest NHS and community test sites are for people with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, how to get a free home test if you have no symptoms.

COVID-19 testing site at the Paisley Centre 

A temporary COVID-19 testing site has been set up Unit 3, The Paisley Centre, 23 High Street, Paisley It an asymptomatic test site - ie for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.   

The test site will use lateral flow tests. It is a drop-in facility - you do not need to book in advance. 

We know around one-third of people with Covid do not show symptoms. Getting a test will help protect you and the people around you by slowing the spread of the virus. 

The test site will be open from 10am to 4.30pm every day from Tuesday 14 September to Saturday 25 September (NOTE - it will be closed on Sunday 19 September). 

Do not come to the test site if you have Covid symptoms (high temperature or fever, new continuous cough, loss of or change in sense of smell or taste) - book a PCR test at an NHS-run test site instead.

Strict hygiene measures and physical distancing will be in place. You should wear a face covering, unless you are medically exempt.  

Instructions on how to take the test will be given when you arrive. Your results will be texted to you within 45 minutes on the mobile phone you register with.  

Anyone who tests positive will be required to take a follow-up PCR test to confirm this at one of the NHS-run test sites. Please follow all guidance on NHS Inform over what to do if you test positive. 

Financial help is available - you may be eligible for a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant.  

The testing site is being run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the national testing programme. Your data will be collected by NHS Scotland. You can read more about how your data will be used here.


NHS / Government test sites for people with symptoms

If you have Covid-19 symptoms (a high temperature, a new and continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste), you should book a free NHS test via the UK Government website.

You will have the option to choose any site, but your nearest two in Renfrewshire are:

Glasgow Airport

This is a drive-through-only test centre.

Bridge Street car park, Paisley

This is a walk-through centre, designed to be easy to reach for people without cars. 

For further information on what to do if you or someone in your household has symptoms or tests positive, see NHS Inform.


Get a free coronavirus (COVID-19) home test if you have no symptoms

You can do a free, fast test for coronavirus (COVID-19) at home if you:

  • don't have any symptoms
  • live in Scotland
  • have not been told to self-isolate.

You can pick up a home testing kit from:

  • the Glasgow Airport community testing site (drive-through only)
  • Bridge Street in Paisley (walk-in only)

Or you can order a home testing kit online on gov.uk, which is delivered to you by post.  

You can find out more about coronavirus testing if you have no symptoms on the gov.scot website. 

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test through NHS Inform.


Support for self-isolation  

The NHS Inform website has a helpful guide on 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.  

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 Ready Scotland.