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?
Fife is running a programme of Community Testing for those without symptoms. This programme is demand responsive, meaning that the testing centres and Community Mobile Testing Units will go to the places they are needed, according to the most-up-to-date data. These are drop in facilities, with no need to make an appointment.
To find your nearest Community Testing site go to nhsfife.org/communitytesting
How do I get home testing kits?
Lateral flow home testing kits are available to anyone who doesn't have COVID-19 symptoms. You can collect kits from:
- all Community Testing sites
- Victory Memorial Hall, St Andrews, KY16 9XE
- Regional Drive-Through Centre, Bankhead Car Park, Glenrothes, KY7 6GH
- Glenrothes Miners Charitable Society, Glenrothes, KY7 5NL
- Overton Community Centre, Kirkcaldy, KY13JP
- Dell Farquharson Community Centre, Dunfermline, KY12 7DS
- any community pharmacy across Fife or you can order them online and they'll be posted to your home.
What other testing centres are there in Fife?
Fife now has a lot of different types of testing centres, as well as many vaccination centres. This is a simple guide to the different types of centres:
Where can I find out more?
There's 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.
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.