FIVE Borders towns are set to offer coronavirus tests to people without symptoms from next week, NHS Borders has announced.

In a press release issued today (March 17), the health board revealed the next places that the 'no symptoms' community testing programme will be rolled out in.

Among those towns is Galashiels, with coronavirus tests available at the Volunteer Hall between March 25-28 to people without symptoms.

NHS Borders’ director of public health, Dr Tim Patterson, said: “It may seem counterintuitive to get tested when you do not have any symptoms, but around a third of people with COVID-19 do not experience symptoms.

“To protect each other we need to find these ‘silent cases’ which would otherwise go unnoticed and stop them from spreading in our communities.

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“Anyone who receives a positive test result will be asked to self-isolate, along with their household.

“Please also bear in mind that a COVID-19 test shows a snapshot in time – when the test was taken. So even if you receive a negative test result it is important that you continue to stick to the rules and guidelines, especially the FACTS.”

Meanwhile, testing will take place in fire stations for the following towns:

  • Eyemouth – March 20-22
  • Coldstream – March 22-23
  • Lauder – March 23-24
  • Duns – March 24-26
  • Selkirk – March 27-29

Testing will be available between 10.30am and 3pm at the venues, according to NHS Borders.

Earlier this week, NHS Borders announced the first towns where the new community testing programme would be rolled out.

A spokesperson for the health board added: “Anyone who lives, works or volunteers in the Borders can book a COVID test by calling 01896 826370 or emailing”