Test and Protect

What is Test and Protect

Test and Protect was launched across Scotland on 28 May and aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the community by:

  • identifying cases of coronavirus through testing
  • tracing the people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with them
  • supporting those close contacts to self-isolate, so that if they have the disease, they are less likely transmit it to others

Further information is available on the NHS Inform website 

The Protect Scotland App

The Protect Scotland app is now available. The Scottish Government is urging all smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive. It can be downloaded for free onto a smart phone from Apple's App Store or Google Play. 

Supported by a dedicated Protect Scotland website, the app is an extra tool complementing existing person-to-person contact tracing which remains the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.

How will my details be used as part of Test and Protect?

For the health and safety of our staff and customers at our venues, we are recording the name and contact details of everyone who enters to support NHS Scotland’s efforts in tackling COVID-19. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland and their partners to contact you should you have been at a venue around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread. Where customers are attending as a small household group, the contact details for one member - a 'lead booker' - will be sufficient alongside the size of the group. Your personal data will be held by us for no more than 3 weeks (21 days).

The full privacy notice can be viewed here.

What Services will be collecting contact details?

The following services are participating in the collection of customer details as part of Test and Protect Strategy:

  • Bereavement Services 
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums 
  • Registrars
  • Libraries
  • Housing Management
  • Customer Service Centre
  • Adult Social Care
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Money Advice
  • Civic Team
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