People showing no symptoms of coronavirus can now be tested at two sites set up in South Ayrshire to help tackle the ‘silent spread’ of the killer virus.

The mobile testing units, operated by the Scottish Ambulance Service, are located at Girvan's Quay Zone and the John Pollock Centre in Ayr.

Each facility will operate by appointment only and will be open as follows:

The tests are free and results will be back within 24-48 hours.

The introduction of the asymptomatic tests will identify more people who are infected, allowing them to isolate and limit the spread to others.

South Ayrshire Council leader, Peter Henderson, said:  “We all have a part to play in helping to suppress the spread of COVID-19. 

"The addition of the Mobile Test Sites provide a further opportunity for us to break the chain of infection and save lives.   

“The last nine months have been very difficult for all of us, and while more uncertainties inevitably lie ahead, it’s encouraging to see that every effort is being made in our communities to recover, and ultimately get back to doing the things we enjoy.

“I would encourage South Ayrshire residents to make use of these new resources, and give us a real fighting chance of coming through the other side of this pandemic as soon as possible.”

You can book an appointment online at  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  (select ‘No, none of these symptoms’ when prompted), or by calling NHS Inform on 0800 028 2816 if you don’t have internet access.

Morning appointments will be open for bookings the evening before, and further slots will be released on the day itself for afternoon appointments that same day.

If you can’t get an appointment to suit straight away, keep trying as new appointments will appear regularly.

If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, you should book a test at  www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test   or call 0300 303 2173 if you don’t have internet access.