Community testing: new dates

With new positive cases of Covid-19 still being recorded in the Borders, new dates for community testing have been announced in the region’s towns.

Covid testing at home.
Covid testing at home.

Around a third of people with Covid-19 do not show symptoms, so testing, even for those without symptoms is seen to be an important tool to identify cases which may otherwise go undetected, as chains of transmission can be broken to limit the spread of this virus.

Universal Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing is available for everyone in Scotland, and home test kits are available to anyone who does not have symptoms by calling 119 or by ordering online.

These LFD tests can also be collected from the walk -through test site at Langlee Community Centre in Marigold Drive, Langlee, Galashiels, between 3.30pm and 8pm, or from local pharmacies.

Ordering LFD tests to be delivered to your home by calling 119 or ordering online here.

The community testing programme in the Borders is being offered at local fire stations (or in the case of Duns, the Volunteer Hall, and in Galashiels, the Queen’s Leisure Centre) in the following towns over the next few weeks.

Today (June 10): Innerleithen; today and tomorrow (June 10 and 11): Newcastleton; June 11 and 12: Jedburgh; June 14 and 15: Kelso and Peebles; June 16 and 17: Duns and Galashiels; June 18: Hawick; June 18 and 19: Lauder; June 21: Hawick; June 21 and 22: Eyemouth; June 22 and 23: Selkirk; June 23 and 24: Coldstream; June 24 and 25: Innerleithen; and June 25 and 26: Newcastleton.

Sites are open from 10.30am to 3pm and appointments can be booked ahead of time by calling 01896 826370 or emailing [email protected]

Testing at these sites is for anyone who is well (not currently showing Covid-19 symptoms).

The most common symptoms of Covid-19 are a new: continuous cough; fever / high temperature (37.8°C or greater) and/or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia).

If you are experiencing any of these typical Covid-19 symptoms please self-isolate and book a PCR test through the national system by visiting the GOV.UK website or calling 0800 028 2816.

For further information on community testing such as frequently asked questions, please visit the NHS Borders Community Testing webpage.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​