New walk-through test centre opens

As new coronavirus cases continue to rise in the Borders, the opening of a new walk-through testing centre in Galashiels has been warmly welcomed.

Thursday, 14th January 2021, 11:47 am
The Langlee Community Centre's main hall has been turned into several different bays for Covid testing.

The centre, at Langlee Community Centre, opened on Saturday, January 9, and operates seven days a week, with appointments available from 8am-8pm.

All extra Covid-19 testing outside the NHS is being operated by the UK Government, in support of Scotland’s own health services.

Dr Tim Patterson, director of public health at NHS Borders, said: “NHS Borders welcomes the widening of access to Covid-19 testing with the community testing facility operating seven days a week in Galashiels from January 9.

“This is a significant enhancement which will allow easier access to testing and also allows for flexibility to deploy the current mobile testing unit, which operates part-time in Galashiels to other towns in our area if required.

“It is more important than ever that people showing any symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate and book a test immediately.”

Tests must be booked in advance at: www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect or by calling 0800 028 2816.

The opening of the new testing centre has been welcomed by local MP, John Lamont.

He said: “It is great news that the UK Government has opened a new walk-through testing centre at Langlee Community Centre in Galashiels.“Testing is a really important part of managing the virus as it helps to identify those who are positive and stop further spread."