Next week the rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for people without symptoms will be rolled out further in the Borders.

Current testing facilities in Hawick will be extended and new Community Testing sites will open in Jedburgh, Kelso and Eyemouth. In the coming weeks this programme will be rolling out to other local Borders towns.

The community testing initiative, in partnership with the Scottish Government, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Borders Council and the Armed Forces, aims to drive down local COVID-19 rates and transmission by identifying positive cases more quickly, as people can spread the virus to others before symptoms appear.

Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the Borders can book a Covid test by calling 01896 826370 or emailing ATS.Service@borders.scot.nhs.uk.

Testing will be available from 10:30am to 3pm, 7 days a week. However the daily locations of Community Testing sites will vary so please check the timetable on the NHS Borders website and book your test up to 24 hours in advance of attending a testing site.

Community Testing sites will be located at the following local Fire Stations next week.

Hawick 15 – 18 March
Jedburgh 17 – 19 March
Kelso 19 – 21 March
Eyemouth 20 – 22 March

Further locations will be announced soon and updated weekly on the NHS Borders website.

These sites are only for people without symptoms. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should book a test in the usual way via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.

Residents will be tested using lateral flow devices (LFD), which can give people their results quickly. Any positive cases will then be confirmed by a laboratory PCR test.

Anyone who receives a positive test result will be asked to self-isolate, along with their household. Dedicated support is available to anyone who needs to self-isolate, including food packages and financial support through calling your Community Assistance Hub on 0300 100 1800.

The Self-Isolation Support Grant is a grant of £500. It will be offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by local authorities in Scotland. You can find out more on the Scottish Government website.

Further advice and information on what support is available for people who need to self-isolate is available from www.nhsinform.scot