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Concern over future of Covid-19 testing centre

Created on 14/09/2020 @ 10:10
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Newtown's Mayor has raised concerns over the Covid-19 mobile testing centre.

Cllr David Selby said he'd received reports over that the test centre was not re-opening this week, despite people having bookings for appointments.

The centre had been located at The Hafren car park.

“There have been reports over the weekend about the test centre at the Newtown college site closing early, leaving worried and disappointed attendees without a test.

"There are also many reports nationally that the testing service is not working correctly.

"I have contacted our Assembly Member this morning urging him to call for an investigation and for action to improve the testing in our area. I am dismayed that problems have occurred such as this."
"We know that we must all be careful and follow new social distancing guidelines to avoid increasing COVID cases.

"I hope that the Powys Health Board and others providing testing can support our area correctly with a well organised testing regime.”

He added: “I understand that the issue is a UK Government issue. There is not enough capacity for processing the tests. Therefore once the number of test nationally reach a limit they close down the testing sites.

"This is appalling and unacceptable and needs action. Hand written signs are not good enough and no one who is potentially ill should be expected to travel many miles for a test that may not even happen."

The Welsh Government and Powys Teaching Health Board have been asked to comment on the testing centres.

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