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Mobile Testing Units move to Knighton and Hay-on-Wye

Mobile testing units will return to Knighton and Hay-on-Wye from Wednesday 21 July until Sunday 8 August for residents in the towns and wider area to have easy access to coronavirus testing.

The units will move from their current locations in Machynlleth and Ystradgynlais to Bowling Green Lane Car Park in Knighton and the Playing Field’s Car Park on Brecon Road in Hay-on-Wye. They offer a drive-through service and are by appointment-only.

Testing for people with symptoms

The Powys Testing Team is urging people to continue to use their nearest testing unit if they become unwell with any of the classic signs and symptoms of COVID-19, or with a wider set of symptoms. The classic symptoms are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste. But, COVID-19 testing is also available in Powys for a wider set of symptoms including if you generally feeling unwell, as this helps to spot cases of COVID-19 which otherwise may have been undetected.

As well as the mobile testing units in Knighton and Hay-on-Wye, residents can also access tests:

  • At national testing centres in Newtown and Brecon where you can walk, drive or cycle for an appointment.
  • At Community Testing Units in Builth Wells and Welshpool, for drive-through appointments.

Residents who are experiencing symptoms but are unable to attend a testing unit can request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home.

Appointments in Knighton, Hay-on-Wye, Newtown and Brecon can be booked through the UK Government national booking portal, either online at, by phone on 119, or 18001 119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties. This is also the way to request a home testing kit.

Residents in Builth Wells and Welshpool can make an appointment at the Community Testing Unit by calling 01874 612228 or by emailing


Testing for people without symptoms

As well as testing centres for people with symptoms, testing using Lateral Flow Devices is also available across the county. Lateral Flow Devices can be collected from libraries and pharmacies across Powys. More details are available by visiting and clicking on “I do not have symptoms”. Please remember that you should only visit these collections to collect lateral flow devices if you do not have symptoms.

With high numbers of cases continuing in Newtown, the walk-in testing centre for people without symptoms remains open. You can drop in to the testing centre Park Street (opposite Newtown Medical Practice) any time between 11.30am and 5.30pm. Our team will help you with your test, send you the result within an hour, and also give you testing kits to take away.

There is no need to book to collect Lateral Flow Devices or to attend the walk-in testing centre in Newtown.


Hands Face Space to Keep Powys Safe

Please remember, that new variants of Coronavirus continue to pose a threat to public health. It is vital that everyone follows the rules in place for Alert Level 1 in Wales.

Everyone should follow this guidance whether or not they have received COVID-19 vaccination.

More information about what we will all need to do at Alert Level 1 is available from the Welsh Government Website at What you need to do at alert level 1.

More information about COVID-19 testing in Powys is available from the health board’s website at