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Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is available for everyone in Powys with symptoms.

Last updated 21 July 2021
 

Apply for a test

Before requesting a test you must have at least one of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

If you develop one of these symptoms follow the self-isolation guidance.
Remember to follow this guidance when you travel for a test.

You can also find out more about testing if you have other symptoms or if you have no symptoms.


Testing options

You may be able to choose between:

home test kits

national testing centres (drive, walk, cycle to the walk-through site)

Brecon
Newtown

Community Testing Unit
 (drive-through only)

Builth Wells
Welshpool

mobile testing centre (drive-through only)

Knighton
Hay-on-Wye

Tests taken in Wales involve either a single dry swab taken from the back of the throat or a combined throat and nose swab.

Home Test Kits

Apply for a test online (on GOV.UK).

You can apply for a test for yourself or anyone in your household with symptoms. If no tests show available please try again later, as tests become available during the day.

Alternatively, you can call 119 (between 7am and 11 pm).

People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119.  This free service is available to assist you through the process of booking and taking a test but cannot provide clinical advice.

National Testing Centres - Drive / Walk / Cycle

National testing centres are available in Powys and can be accessed by car, on foot or by bicyle. When you arrive your test will be walk-through:

  • Brecon
  • Newtown

These testing centres are managed by the Department of Health and Social Care.

You can also book to attend mass drive through testing centre in neighbouring counties if this is more convenient for you.

Apply for a test online (on GOV.UK).

You can apply for a test for yourself or anyone in your household with symptoms. If no tests show available please try again later, as tests become available during the day.

Alternatively, you can call 119 (between 7am and 11 pm).

People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119.  This free service is available to assist you through the process of booking and taking a test but cannot provide clinical advice.

Community Testing Units - Drive-Through Only

Community Testing Units in Powys:

  • Builth Wells
  • Welshpool

This testing facility is run and staffed by Powys Teaching Health Board.

The slots are prioritised for:

  • Patients needing a test prior to an operation or procedure
  • Testing for residents of mid and north Powys.

Please use our local booking system to book a test at a Community Testing Unit:

  • Call the Powys Testing Hub on 01874 612228 (0900-1700 Mon-Fri, 1000-1500 Sat-Sun)
  • Email the Powys Testing Hub at Powys.testing@wales.nhs.uk 

Mobile Testing Unit - Drive-Through Only

Mobile Testing Units are an important part of our testing programme. For example, we use mobile testing units to respond to local outbreaks.

We advertise these locally and through our social media channels.

  • Apply for a test online (on GOV.UK)
  • Alternatively, you can call 119 (between 7am and 11 pm). People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119.  This free service is available to assist you through the process of booking and taking a test but cannot provide clinical advice.


Travelling for a Coronavirus Test

When you go for a coronavirus test you MUST follow the rules on self-isolation:

✅ Travel direct to and from the test centre
❌ Do not use taxis or public transport
✅ Follow all the instructions you are given when you book, and by staff at the centre
❌ Do not visit local shops or other local facilities
✅ Make sure you follow national guidance on self-isolation

Please help us to Keep Powys Safe.


Coronavirus Symptoms

Use the 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you do not have internet access, call 111.

In a medical emergency, dial 999.


Test results

When you book your test, you will be given further information on how the result will be provided. You should receive your test result within 72 hours.

Call 119 number if you have problems getting your results of home tests, mass drive-through tests (Brecon and Newtown) or mobile testing unit tests. People with hearing or speech difficulties can call 18001119. The contact centre is open from 7am to 11pm.

Call our local testing hub if you have problems getting your results from the Community Testing Unit sites (Builth Wells and Welshpool).

If you have received your test result and have questions or need further advice, please visit Public Health Wales information for individuals tested for COVID-19 infection
 

Useful Resources for Employers of Critical Workers:

More information about Coronavirus testing in Wales is available from the Welsh Government website at https://gov.wales/apply-coronavirus-test

 
 

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