How and where to get a test

What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (the most common of which are a continuous cough, fever/high temperature, loss of/change in sense of smell or taste) you should make an appointment through the NHS Inform website or telephone: 0300 303 2713. They will tell you where to go for a test. If you test positive, you must self isolate - support is available.

Getting tested if you have no symptoms of COVID-19

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 others. The virus is still a risk and getting tested - even if you feel fine and have received vaccination - can help stop the spread. If testing positive you can take immediate action to stop the spread, by self-isolating.

Options include visiting our testing centre in Musselburgh where you can get tested or collect a kit to take home, attending a mobile testing unit (see further details below), ordering home delivery of a testing kit online or collecting a testing kit from a local pharmacy.

Information in different languages about the different tests which are available can be found on the NHS Lothian website.

Test centre for East Lothian residents with no symptoms

A COVID-19 testing centre for people with no symptoms is located at the former Stoneyhill Community Centre, 5 Stoneyhill Farm Road, Musselburgh, EH21 6RN. 

Getting tested is quick and easy. No appointment is required. The type of test provided at the centre is lateral flow testing.

The facility is open to everyone from East Lothian as long as you don't have symptoms - a fever, cough, or loss or change of smell. If you do have symptoms, you need to book a test elsewhere.

You can also visit the facility to collect a test kit to take home. These are Orient Gene (nose only) kits.

Opening hours are currently 10am-5pm (Tuesday to Saturday). 

From Monday, 17 January the opening hours will be 10am-5pm (Monday-Friday). 

Find out more about the test centre.

Watch a video about community testing.

Mobile testing units

People with no symptoms can also get tested at a mobile testing units in East Lothian. These provide PCR tests. Times of operation are 10am to 4pm unless otherwise stated:

Saturday, 22 January; Sunday, 23 January

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • Meadowmill Sport Centre (drive through only) * closes at 4pm

Monday, 24 January

  • Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Tuesday, 25 January

  • Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Prestonpans Communtiy Centre
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Wednesday, 26 January

  • Mercat Bar and Grill, Whitecraig
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Thursday, 27 January

  • Longniddry Community Centre
  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Friday, 28 January

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • John Muir House, Haddington

Saturday, 29 January; Sunday, 30 January

  • Dunbar Leisure Pool
  • Loch Centre, Tranent
  • Meadowmill Sport Centre (drive through only) * closes at 4pm

While appointments are not needed they will save you time. Bookings can be made from 6pm on the day prior to when you get tested online at: get a free test online or by phone: 0300 303 2713. When asked why you are booking a test, select: ‘my local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’.

If getting tested in another part of Scotland, you can find information about the availability of community testing sites on the Scottish Government website.

Home delivery of rapid lateral flow test kits

Another option if you have no symptoms is get test kits delivered to your home. Order free packs of rapid lateral flow tests online

Pick up a test kit from a local pharmacy

A number of pharmacies have home test kits, which can be taken away and are suitable for testing if you have no symptoms. You can check your nearest collection point online.

What happens if I do test positive for COVID-19?

You will need to self-isolate. Practical, confidential support is available within the testing facility, to support you and your household. We can give you advice on different financial help. If you need general advice (not health advice), advice on self-isolation support grants, assistance with food or assistance with fuel poverty you can:

Other helpful telephone numbers:

  • East Lothian Council               01620 827827
  • 24 hour emergency line          01875 612818
  • Emergency Social Work          0800 731 6969

Further information on wraparound support available for self-isolation can be found by calling the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.

What happens if I test negative?

You should continue to follow all national guidance and public health advice. Although you may not have the virus at this time, it is still circulating and there is a risk of catching it.

Further information

A guide is available on the NHS Inform website.