COVID-19 testing site in Bishopton
A temporary COVID-19 testing site is being set up in Bishopton. It is for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19.
Bishopton has had fluctuating rates of COVID-19 in recent weeks and the testing site is intended to help change that.
We encourage anyone who lives, works or goes to school in Bishopton to get a test – it will help protect you and the people around you by slowing the spread of the virus.
The testing centre in Bishopton Community Centre will be open:
- Wednesday 25 August, 9am-5pm
- Thursday 26 August, 11am-7pm
- Friday 27 August, 9am-5pm
- Saturday 28 August, 11.am-3.30pm
- Sunday 29 August, 11am-3.30pm
- Monday 30 August, 9am-5pm
- Tuesday 31 August, 9am-5pm
The testing site is a drop-in facility – you do not need to book a test in advance. The testing site is being run by Renfrewshire Council as part of the national rollout of community testing.
Who can get tested
The testing site is being targeted at anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Bishopton and who is asymptomatic (does not have symptoms of COVID-19).
Anyone aged five and over can be tested but anyone under 12 needs parental permission and must be accompanied by an adult.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms
Please do not come to the Bishopton testing site if you have COVID-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, change to sense of taste/smell).
You should instead book a test at one of the other testing centres for people with symptoms via the UK Government website.
The nearest sites are the large drive-through site at Glasgow Airport and the local walk-through site at Bridge Street in Paisley.
If you have already been vaccinated
The national COVID-19 vaccination programme is under way. You can still catch and spread the virus even if you have received one or both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine.
So we encourage everyone who lives, works or goes to school in Bishopton to get a test – whether you have been vaccinated or not.
Why you should get tested
Getting tested will help protect you, your loved ones and your community from COVID-19.
Bishopton has had higher-than-average rates of the virus in recent weeks and we want to bring those rates down, which is why the testing site is being set up in the area.
People don’t always show symptoms when they have the virus – you could be passing it on to those around you without knowing. Getting tested is your chance to find out if you have it and help stop the spread.
What to expect at the testing site
Parking will be available in the Bishopton Community Centre car park. The testing site is also within walking distance of Bishopton train station and bus stops on Greenock Road and Craighead Road.
Strict hygiene measures and physical distancing will be in place. You should wear a face covering, unless you are medically exempt.
You will be asked to register your details - including name, address and mobile phone number. If you don’t have a mobile phone, we will help you to register.
The test you will be given is known as a lateral flow test. You will take the test yourself, by putting a swab in your throat and up your nose. Staff will be on hand to offer instructions.
After your test, please return to your home or car and stay there until you receive your test results. Your test will be processed on site and results will be texted to you within 45 minutes of your test on the phone you registered with.
Anyone who doesn’t have a mobile phone will be directed to an area where they can wait to receive their results in person.
Anyone who tests positive will be required to take a follow-up test to confirm this.