So, what is Community Testing?
This is testing for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms but who could still be infectious and spreading the virus without knowing it.
Why should I get tested?
Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community.
By getting tested you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.
Where can I get tested if I’ve no symptoms?
We’ll have five testing sites open from the beginning of February, in different areas across Fife, with additional mobile testing units also.
The first one to open is at the Maxwell Centre in Cowdenbeath. The centre will be open from Wednesday 10 February 2021. It is open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. These times may change according to demand.
There's no need to book, this is a drop in centre. You do need to live in the designated area though, this includes Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly and Lumphinnans.
We’ll publish the details of the other centres as they open up.
Where can I find out more?
There's loads more information on what community testing involves on the NHS Fife website
What happens if I test positive and need to isolate?
The best way to stop Covid-19 is for those who are infected to stay away from everyone else, by self-isolating. We understand how difficult it can be to self-isolate and we want to help you, as much as we can, to do this as.
Practical, confidential support is available within the Community Testing centre, to support you and your household, if you test positive and need to self-isolate. We can give you advice on different financial help which is available and help you to access it. There will also be food parcels at the centre so that you can go straight home if you test positive, without having to stop at the shop.
Don't let the worry of having to self-isolate stop you from getting tested. We're here to help where we can.
For more information on the different kinds of support we can offer, see the main Community Support and Assistance page.