Two Glasgow City Council mini-buses have been converted into mobile COVID testing units which will offer rapid tests to people without symptoms.

The buses have been commissioned by the council's COVID Response Team which is working in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the Scottish Government. City Building staff converted the buses in consultation with the council's Environmental Health and transport experts and the NHS.

The buses have been fitted with a solar panel to power on-board equipment. The testing booth is at the rear of the vehicle which has a ramp for wheelchair access. Test results are sent to people by text message and before leaving the bus, they are given a leaflet detailing the support on offer if they have to self-isolate.

Staffed by NHS nurses, the buses will provide a flexible testing option to complement existing COVID testing sites which already exist across the city. Emblazoned with the Test and Protect logo, the buses are an unmissable addition to the city's testing facilities.

Public health officials are asking people without symptoms to get tested, either at home or in the community, twice a week – to help reduce the spread of the virus in Scotland.