Renfrewshire Council

As op 18 April, free lateral-flow tests are no longer generally available to members of the public. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should isolate and book a PCR test.

Coronavirus testing

Where you can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) test if you do have symptoms, how to get a free home testing kit, financial support if you have to self-isolate.


COVID-19 testing

Check your symptoms for coronavirus (COVID-19) on the NHS Inform website.

If you have symptoms, you must:

You can book a PCR test at any site, but the three in Renfrewshire are:

  • Glasgow Airport (drive-through-only test centre)
  • Bridge Street car park, Paisley (walk-through centre)
  • Charles Avenue car park, Renfrew (walk-through centre)

You must book an appointment before you go to any of these testing centres.

More information on testing is available through the NHS Inform website.


Changes to testing - community testing

Community testing will be wound down across Scotland during April 2022.

That means from Monday 18 April, most people will no longer have access to free lateral flow tests for home testing. Routine testing in workplaces and schools and nurseries will also end at this time.

Staff in certain areas will still have access to free testing - this will include NHS and social care workers.

More information on testing for COVID-19 is available from the NHS Inform website


Changes to testing - local test sites

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you will still be able to book a PCR test at a local test site until Saturday 30 April. After that date, local test sites will close.

The UK Government are managing the decommissioning of sites across the country. They have confirmed the likely dates for test sites in Renfrewshire to be dismantled. These are:

  • Bridge Street, Paisley - week commencing 13 June
  • Charles Avenue, Renfrew - week commencing 25 July

This means some car parking spaces and electric vehicle charging points will continue to be out of use at both sites until then.

We apologise for the inconvenience, which is out of our control. 24-hour security will remain in place at both sites.

The local test site at Glasgow Airport will also close to the public but the site will remain in place as storage for the time being.


Financial support for self-isolation  

If you need to self-isolate, you may be eligible for a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant if you need financial help while you are self-isolating.

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.