Test and Protect to control spread of COVID-19

Test and Protect is NHS Scotland’s new approach to controlling the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. The system will help to prevent people from spreading the virus, and protect the country from a second peak.


From today (Thursday 28 May), if anyone has the symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, temperature or loss or change of taste or smell – they should immediately visit NHS Inform or call 0800 028 2816 if they can’t get online.


If you have symptoms, you will be able to book a test at a mobile testing unit, a drive-through testing centre or order a home testing kit. While you wait for that result, it is important that you and everyone in your household self–isolates.

Testing positive

If you test positive, you will need to self-isolate for 7 days, and your household for 14. You will also be asked who you have been in close contact with. This includes people in your household, people you have had direct face-to-face contact with for any length of time, and those you have been within 2 metres of for 15 minutes or more.

Tracing contacts

This NHS system is entirely confidential. When the people you have been near are contacted they will not be told who it is that they have been in contact with. This information is only collected and used by NHS Scotland for the purposes of tracing your contacts. The Scottish Government will not have access to it.


For those who cannot leave their home and who cannot get the help they need from family, friends or online, the National Assistance Helpline (0800 111 4000) is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

28 May 2020