Renfrewshire Council

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 for people with symptoms

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

If you have symptoms, you must:

You can choose to get tested at any site, but the nearest three 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 or their own transport.

Charles Avenue car park, Renfrew

This is also a walk-through centre.

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

Renfrewshire Community COVID-19 testing bus

We are bringing COVID-19 testing to a venue near you, via our Renfrewshire Community COVID-19 testing bus.

Staff on the bus will be handing out boxes of lateral flow tests for people without symptoms of the virus to take home. You don't need to book. You can come along to wherever the bus is. We are not currently offering the facility to take a test on site.

The bus does not offer PCR tests. If you have symptoms or have been asked to get a PCR test, book a test at one of the government-run sites instead.

The dates and locations for the bus are:

  • Wednesday 19 February at Braehead Shopping Centre (car park near M&S entrance) from 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 20 February at Braehead Shopping Centre (car park near M&S entrance) from 10am to 5pm
  • Friday 21 February at Braehead Shopping Centre (car park near M&S entrance) from 10am to 5pm

Get a free COVID-19 home testing kit 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)
  • Charles Avenue in Renfrew (walk-in only)
  • the Renfrewshire Community COVID-19 testing bus (see above for times and locations)

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

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

If you or someone in your household tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), you must follow the NHS guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

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.