Anyone living or working in the Hawick area can now book a test for COVID-19, even if they are not showing symptoms of the virus. Testing is available 7 days a week from the Mobile Testing Unit located in the Teviotdale Leisure Centre Car Park.

Appointments must be booked in advance. Next day appointments are available for booking from 6pm daily.

Dr Tim Patterson, Director of Public Health, said: “Evidence suggests that up to a third of people who have COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. Extending the testing facility in Hawick to test people without symptoms will enable us to detect more cases of the virus and help prevent the spread. It is a quick process and I encourage anyone living in the Hawick area to make an appointment even if they currently feel well as some people can have COVID-19 without displaying any of the common symptoms.”

Appointments can be made via the GOV.UK website or by calling 0300 303 2713. Residents do not have to be displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to make an appointment (they should select the option ‘My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms’ when booking a test).

Appointments will only be released each evening for the following morning and in the morning for appointments that afternoon. Once appointments are fully booked the testing centre will not appear online as a venue option or be available for call handlers to book; however new appointments are released each morning and evening so if there is no availability please check online or call back later.

Please do not attend the test centre without booking an appointment in advance. Anyone attending should also wear a face mask or covering and observe the rules on physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart.

The test centre is located at Teviotdale Leisure Centre, 6 Mansfield Rd, Hawick TD9 8AG.

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