Mobile COVID-19 testing station to open for key workers who are self-isolating


Published: Thursday, 30th April 2020

From Friday 1 May a mobile testing unit will be located in Netherdale Car Park in Galashiels to provide tests for key workers who're self-isolating due to them or household members displaying symptoms

We have worked through the Regional Resilience Partnership to put in place the arrangements to support the UK Government’s testing programme.

The testing site will only be open from Friday 1 May to Tuesday 5 May and will be entirely operated by the military. The establishment of the testing unit poses no risk to the public and no equipment will be left at the site at the end of each day of testing. 

Test slots can be booked online through the UK Government website.

Who can access testing

The following groups can access testing in Scotland, with those in Priority Group 1 able to access testing through existing NHS testing capacity:

  • Priority Group 1: Health and social care workers; staff working in residential institutions and essential roles where service resilience is at risk.
  • Priority Group 2: Essential workers in critical national infrastructure fundamental for safety and security, and life-line services.
  • Priority Group 3: Staff directly involved in delivering other essential services.
  • Priority Group 4: Staff involved in volunteering, or in nationally or locally significant industry important to economic sustainability and growth.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive

“I am delighted that we have managed to work with partners to quickly put in place plans to provide drive-through testing for key workers in the Scottish Borders.

“I’d urge any key worker who is self isolating, either because they themselves have symptoms of COVID-19 or because a member of their household is, to book tests.”