Almost a third of cases of Covid-19 occur in people who do not have symptoms of the virus. Identifying as many cases as we can is vital in our fight against this pandemic, and will help us make progress in returning to normal as soon as we can. To help us, we are calling for anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the Hawick area to consider being tested for COVID, whether they have symptoms or not.

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who still needs to attend their place of work (because their job does not enable them to work from home) or regularly comes into contact with other people. For example those who are working in essential retail and factories or people who need to provide help to vulnerable family members.

If this sounds like you, and you are not offered regular COVID testing through another route like work, then please think about booking a test by visiting the GOV.UK website or calling 0800 028 2816.

The Mobile Testing Unit (MTU), based at the Teviotdale Leisure Car Park, is part of the Scottish Government’s new community testing programme which is being rolled out nationally.

What’s on Offer?

· Testing is available 7 days a week for anyone who lives, works or volunteers in Hawick, regardless of if they have symptoms or not.

· Appointments must be booked in advance
· There is no charge for your test
· The Mobile Testing Unit is located in the Teviotdale Leisure Car Park, 6 Mansfield Rd, Hawick TD9 8AG.

How to make an Appointment?

· Visit the GOV.UK website

· Telephone 0800 028 2816

· If you don’t have symptoms – 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 appointments are fully booked the testing centre will not appear online as a venue option – this is updated daily, keep checking and make your appointment.
· There are a set number of appointments available each day, if all of these appointments have already been booked when you get in touch please note that you will be offered a test at the nearest available alternative.
· If you are unable to make it along to the testing site your Community Assistance Hub available on 0300 100 1800 can discuss options with you.

What guidance do I need to attend?
· Please wear a face mask or covering
· Observe the rules on physical distancing by staying at least two metres apart

What if my test is positive and I need to self-isolate?

It is critical that you (and any other household members) self-isolate if you receive a positive test result. If you have any concerns about self-isolation please contact your Community Assistance Hub on 0300 100 1800. Community Assistance Hubs can help you with your health and social care needs including:

· Food
· Heating your home
· Technology
· Practical Solutions for care you receive or provide
· Further emotional support

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.