NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Coronavirus testing FOR EVERYONE in Dumfries and Galloway

A variety of options now exist for accessing COVID-19 testing within Dumfries and Galloway.

This page will help guide you to the best testing option for your situation, and provide you with information about how to access these testing opportunities.

To get started, please use this flow diagram to find the best option or options for you, and find out more about these options by clicking on the expandable information sections underneath…

MOBILE TESTING UNITS (MTUs)

Coronavirus testing is available for all members of our community who require Coronavirus testing, through the Mobile Testing Units (MTU) that move around Dumfries and Galloway on a daily basis.

These units offer tests for people who have symptoms of COVID-19.

Appointments can be made at these centres daily from 9:30am, by logging on to the website: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

If you do not have access to the internet please phone

0800 028 2816

Times are 1100-1600 

Please check social media for any updates on Mobile Testing Locations, last minute changes may be needed. If you are unsure contact NHS24 on 111.

Upcoming locations are:

  • Wednesday 7 April 2021 –  Sanquhar – FUN Pool, Blackaddie Rd DG4 6DB
  • Wednesday 7 April 2021 –  Lockerbie – McJerrow Car Park DG11 2BJ
  • Thursday 8 April 2021 –  Newton Stewart – Riverside Car Park DG8 6NQ
  • Thursday 8 April 2021 – Gretna – Richard Greenhow Centre DG16 5AQ
  • Friday 9 April 2021 – Dalbeattie – Water Street Car Park DG5 4JX
  • Friday 9 April 2021 –   Kelloholm – Mill Hill Centre, Corserig Crescent DG4 6EL
  • Saturday 10 April 2021 – Stranraer – Hanover Square Car Park, DG9 7AE
  • Saturday 10 April 2021 –   Thornhill  – Community Centre DG3 5LH
  • Sunday 11 April 2021 – Langholm – Kilngreen Car Park, DG13 0JN
  • Sunday 11 April 2021 – –Gretna – Richard Greenhow Centre DG16 5AQ
  • Monday 12 April 2021 –  Stranraer – Hanover Square Car Park, DG9 7AE
  • Monday 12 April 2021 – Moffat – Station Car Park DG10 9HF
  • Tuesday 13 April 2021 – Annan – Swimming Pool DG12 6AQ
  • Tuesday 13 April 2021 –   Castle Douglas – Market St Car Park DG7 1AE
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 –  Sanquhar – FUN Pool, Blackaddie Rd DG4 6DB
  • Wednesday 14 April 2021 – Lockerbie – McJerrow Car Park DG11 2BJ
  • Thursday 15 April 2021 –  Newton Stewart – Riverside Car Park DG8 6NQ
  • Thursday 15 April 2021 – Gretna – Richard Greenhow Centre DG16 5AQ
  • Friday 16 April 2021 – Dalbeattie – Water Street Car Park DG5 4JX
  • Friday 16 April 2021 – To be confirmed
  • Saturday 17 April 2021 – Stranraer – Hanover Square Car Park, DG9 7AE
  • Saturday 17 April 2021 – To be confirmed
  • Sunday 18 April 2021 – Langholm – Kilngreen Car Park, DG13 0JN
  • Sunday 18 April 2021 – To be confirmed

These locations tend to be on the same days in following weeks, appointments can be made at these centres daily from 9:30am, by logging on to the website: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

If you do not have access to the internet please phone 0800 028 2816

FIXED LOCATION TESTING

A fixed-location walk-through testing facility is now in place in Brooms Road Car Park in Dumfries.

  • Permanent Site – Dumfries – Brooms Road Car Park DG1 2JE

This facility only provides tests for those people who have COVID-19 symptoms.

This centre is open 7 days a week – with appointments available from 8 am to 8 pm  

As with accessing all UK government testing sites, tests must be booked in advance at www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816. 

Home testing kits are available and come with comprehensive instructions to guide you through administering the swab yourself. These kits are delivered and collected by Amazon and Royal Mail, and they do not have access to the results or any health data. 

For information, visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-protect/coronavirus-covid-19-testing

If you do not have access to the internet please phone

0800 028 2816

Asymptomatic testing facilities have opened in each of the four localities in Dumfries and Galloway – with one in Annandale and Eskdale, another in Nithsdale, one in Stewartry and another in Wigtownshire.

These are drop-in facilities for anyone who is not experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus but who wants to be tested.

These facilities can identify someone who does not have symptoms but is currently at risk of passing COVID on to others. If the result is positive, then the NHS team will be in touch to discuss actions.

However, it must be remembered that these tests offer just a snapshot of a particular point in time. Anyone who tests negative could still go on to develop COVID, and so everyone needs to continue following all of the FACTS guidance.

It should also be stressed that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID should not visit one of the dedicated asymptomatic testing facilities but instead should immediately self-isolate along with their household and arrange to be tested either by one of the mobile testing units which move across the region regularly, at the fixed location site in Brooms Road Car Park in Dumfries, or via a home testing kit.

The four new asymptomatic testing facilities have been introduced thanks to partnership working involving Dumfries and Galloway Council, The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, The Ministry of Defence, a variety of community organisations and volunteers, and NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The four facilities are based at the following locations, and are operating seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm.

  • Ryan Centre, Fairhurst Road, Stranraer DG9 7AP
  • Carlingwark Outdoor Centre, Lochside Park, Castle Douglas DG7 1EZ
  • Former Housing Office, 52-60 Queensberry Street, Dumfries DG1 1BF (at Queensberry Square)
  • Annan Rugby FC Social Club, 17 Bank Street, Annan DG12 6AA