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Additional COVID-19 Testing Capacity is being put in place in Powys in the lead up to Christmas

 This week will see an expansion in public COVID-19 testing in Powys in the lead up to Christmas.

The Newtown testing unit will relocate within the town, and two new temporary mobile testing units will open in Llanidloes and Ystradgynlais. This is in addition to the facilities in Brecon and Builth Wells.

On Wednesday 9 December the testing unit in Newtown will move from Theatr Hafren to the Shortbridge Street Car Park near the Town Centre. The relocated unit will be able to offer walk-up appointments as well as continuing to offer appointments for people arriving by car. A new temporary unit will also open in Llanidloes on Wednesday 9 December.

Then on Friday 11 December, the testing unit in Brecon will also be expanded to offer walk-up appointments as well as continuing to offer appointments for people arriving by car. And, a new temporary unit will open in Ystradgynlais on Friday 11 December.

All testing units are available by appointment only for people with symptoms:

  • New continuous cough
  • High temperature (fever)
  • Loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

Appointment at the units in Brecon, Llanidloes, Newtown and Ystradgynlais can be booked through the UK Government national booking portal:

Local Testing in Builth Wells

Alongside these four units which are part of the UK-wide national testing programme, we also operate a local testing unit in Builth Wells.

Our local testing unit is also available by appointment for people with symptoms:

More information about COVID-19 testing in Powys is available from our website at www.pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing

With Christmas around the corner it is vital that everyone follows the new national guidance that came into effect on 4 December:

  • Limit the number of different people we spend time with.
  • Limit the number of times we leave home.
  • Limit travel as much as possible.
  • Work from home if we can.
  • Keep social distancing, wash hands regularly and wear a mask when required.

More information about coronavirus policy and guidance in Wales is available from the Welsh Government website:

www.gov.wales/coronavirus

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