COVID-19 Test Process

Last Updated: 9th December 2021 

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should arrange to be tested as soon as possible. You and members of your household should also self-isolate; further guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection can be found here.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • new continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature 
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

More information about symptoms and how to care for someone who is unwell is available on the NHS Inform website.

If someone requires medical attention you can call Bunessan Surgery on 01681 700261 during their working hours and out of hours call 111.

If there is a medical emergency at any time of day or night call 999.

Please note that the national system for accessing a test does not work here on Iona. If you need a test please do not follow testing links on NHS Inform or call national assistance numbers. 

There are two ways to access a PCR test on Iona:

1) Pick up at Iona Fire Station between 7.45 and 8.15am Monday to Friday (N.B. collection times will revert to 8.30am to 9.30am when the postal collection time reverts to 10am.)

Appointments for collection of tests must be booked in advance by calling 01463 706 015 between 9am and 7pm. 

2) Pick up from the bunker by the public toilets

There is a supply of tests in a box in the bunker. (N.B. Ideally someone should arrange to collect the kit for the symptomatic person and return it to your home where you can self swab, to prevent a symptomatic person attending the collection box.)


Completed tests should be posted in the post box (please do not take into the post office) and all tests must be registered online to ensure you get the results. Sanitiser is available at the toilets and also in the bunker.  

If you need to administer a test you can find more information about swabbing technique here

Please note that from 6th - 23rd December mail will be collected Monday to Friday at the earlier time of 8.30am. Completed tests must be sent to the lab within 1 day of taking the swab sample.  

If you are a visitor to Iona please inform your accommodation provider as soon as you develop symptoms. You should request a test using the process above and you and your household should self-isolate.  Please do not consider leaving the island by CalMac ferry. This would risk spreading the virus to other travellers and crew and is against CalMac conditions of carriage.

If you are unable to contact your accommodation provider and require assistance you can call Argyll & Bute Council Coronavirus Helpline on 01546 605524 (available between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday) or email Iona Community Council: