Covid community testing
Many people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and may be spreading it without realising it.
A key way to help reduce the spread is for people, who have no symptoms, to get tested. Pop-up Asymptomatic Test Sites are now rolling out in communities across Midlothian.
If you are a Midlothian resident without Covid-19 symptoms you are encouraged to regularly visit any of our Asymptomatic Test Sites.
You must not come to the Asymptomatic Test Site if you have Covid-19 symptoms:
- a fever
- new continuous cough
- or loss or change in taste or smell
- or if you are self-isolating.
If you have been asked to get a test because you have been in contact with a positive case, do not visit our Asymptomatic Testing Site for a Lateral Flow Test.
Instead book a PCR test. You can also call 119.
I have no symptoms, I am not a close contact of a positive case and I am not self-isolating. Where can I get a Lateral Flow (rapid) coronavirus test?
Loanhead Miners Welfare Club, 74 The Loan, Loanhead, EH20 9AQ
- Tuesday 22 June - Saturday 26 June 2021, 11am – 6pm
- Tuesday 29 June - Saturday 3 July 2021, 11am-6pm
These are drop in facilities, with no need to make an appointment. You are encouraged to undertake regular testing.
Locations and opening times for the Asymptomatic Test Centres will change in line with need.
Please check this page regularly for the latest information.
Do I need to bring anything with me to the Asymptomatic Test Centre?
Please wear a face covering when you come into the site.
If you have a smartphone, please bring it with you so that you can register for your result.
If you don’t have a smartphone, staff will be on hand to help.
How will I be tested at the Asymptomatic Test Centre?
You will carry out your own test using a lateral flow device.
It’s quick and easy to do and staff will be on hand to give you guidance if needed.
It only takes a few minutes to carry out the test but allow extra time to register for your results.
You should have your result in about an hour, though it can take up to a day.
How else can I get tested if I have no symptoms?
Testing kits for home use can be collected from the testing centre subject to availability. Testing kits can be ordered now (www.gov.uk) for home delivery. A mobile testing unit has also opened at Poltonhall Recreation Ground in Bonnyrigg, Mondays to Fridays, from Monday 31 May to Friday 18 June, 10am-5pm for people who have symptoms and who don't have symptoms.
A mobile test unit run by the Scottish Ambulance Service is also available at Ladywood Leisure Centre car park, 14A Yarrow Court, EH26 8HD, daily 10am-5pm until (and including) Saturday 19 June 2021. This unit offers PCR tests plus lateral flow tests to carry out at home. This site is open for people with or without symptoms. It is recommended the PCR tests are booked online through NHS Inform or by calling 119.
Lateral flow home testing kits can now be picked up from community pharmacies.
What happens if I test positive and need to self-isolate?
If the result of your lateral flow test is positive, you and your household will need to self-isolate immediately and you will be asked to book a PCR test to confirm the result.
If the PCR test is positive, you must continue your self-isolation for 10 days in line with normal NHS Test and Protect procedures.
Formal contact tracing will also begin.
Self-isolation is the best way to stop the spread of the virus to friends, family and your community.
Support to self-isolate
The National Assistance Helpline (0800 111 4000) or text phone (0800 111 4114) is open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 3.30pm Friday. The helpline can also advise people about eligibility for the Self-isolation Support Grant.
For local support
Visit our Covid-19 support page for further community support available in Midlothian.
I have symptoms of coronavirus. How do I get tested?
Do not come to the Asymptomatic Test Site if you have Covid-19 symptoms - a fever, new continuous cough or loss of / change in taste or smell.
Instead you should isolate straight away and book a free PCR test on the NHS inform website or by calling 119.