Why should I get tested?

Taking part in regular testing when you don’t have symptoms helps us to protect our loved ones and those around us.

1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms, by getting tested regularly you can find out if you have the virus without knowing it.

Everyone in Scotland is encouraged to make testing part of their routine and to test twice weekly.

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are quick and easy to use, with results available in about 15 minutes.

LFD testing is available at Community Testing sites throughout Fife, home testing kits are also available to pick up at sites or can be delivered to your house.

What’s the benefits of getting tested at a Community Testing site?

Community Testing sites are safe and secure, with sites open throughout Fife seven days a week. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will support you throughout your visit. Our staff will:

  • Help you to register
  • Guide you through the test
  • Record your test results for you

We’ll also give you the ‘What to Expect’ booklet which gives you information on testing and what you need to do if you test positive.

We now use nose-only testing at community testing sites, so there is no need to take a throat swab.

Results are normally available within 15 minutes. If your LFD test is positive, then you can access a confirmatory PCR test on-site, without having to make a separate appointment.

You can also access a range of different types of support at our sites, from a food package to financial advice.

Where can I get tested?

You can get tested at any Community Testing site. All sites are available to members of the public during opening hours, testing is free and there is no need to book.

We have four fixed sites at:

  • Glebe Centre, Kirkcaldy
  • Leys Park Road, Dunfermline
  • Maxwell Centre, Cowdenbeath
  • Parkgate Centre, Rosyth

In addition, we have five mobile community testing units which visit villages and towns across the Kingdom, making it easier for people to access testing locally.

We select where mobile testing sites should be located based on the latest Public Health data, that might include higher positive COVID-19 cases in a particular area or lower than expected testing uptake.

For information on the latest opening hours and testing sites in your area visit www.nhsfife.org/communitytesting

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Collect home testing kits are also available to take away from all our community testing sites if you’d prefer to test at home. You can collect one pack of seven tests for each member of your household.

Who can get tested?

Anyone who doesn’t have the symptoms of COVID-19 symptoms can get tested.

If you’re under 16 you’ll need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Please note we cannot currently provide testing for holiday travel.

Do not visit a community testing site if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should self-isolate immediately and arrange a test using the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot. If you need support with the booking process call 119.

Do I need to bring anything with me?

Please remember to wear your mask when attending for a test. If you have a mobile phone bring that too. If you don’t have a mobile we will make alternative arrangements to ensure that you can get your results easily.

What should I expect when I go to a site?

Getting tested at a Community Testing site is easy and our staff will guide you throughout.

Watch the videos below to see what happens at one of our fixed or one of our mobile sites.