Coronavirus in Scotland: Denny residents and workers urged to get tested for coronavirus even without symptoms as cases rises

Falkirk Council has announced that there will be a temporary covid testing centre in Denny for a short period as the council and NHS urge local residents to get tested for the virus even if they do not have symptoms due to rising case numbers.

The temporary mobile testing centre will open in Denny for three days starting from Monday January 18 as a response to an increased number of positive tests for covid-19 in the Denny and surrounding areas.

Appointments, which must be booked in advance, are available for anyone living or working in Denny, Dunipace, Bonnybridge, Haggs and Longcroft, whether they have symptoms or not.

The test centre will be located at Denny Football Centre, Shanks Avenue, Denny and testing will be run by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The temporary mobile testing centre comes as coronavirus cases continue to rise (Photo: Lisa Ferguson).

Councillor Cecil Meiklejohn, Leader of Falkirk Council, said: “Deploying this temporary test centre will allow more people to be tested more quickly and help stop the virus spreading even more.

“It is a quick process and we’d urge anyone living in these areas to make an appointment as soon as possible.”

Dr Graham Foster, Director of Public Health, NHS Forth Valley, said: “We have seen a sharp increase in the number of positive cases in Denny and the surrounding areas over the last few weeks and evidence of spread within these local communities.

“I would therefore encourage local people to get tested even if they currently feel well as some people can have Covid-19 without displaying any of the common symptoms.”

Anyone who lives or works in Denny, Dunipace, Bonnybridge, Haggs, Longcroft can make an appointment via the GOV.UK website or call 0300 303 2713.

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