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Llanidloes Covid-19 test centre to close

 
Created on 15/01/2021 @ 10:10
The Covid-19 test unit in Llanidloes is to close today, leaving the national test centre at Newtown as the nearest.

Powys Teaching Health Board said it was instead "relocating" the units to Llansantffaid and Llandrindod Wells from Saturday, 16 January.

The Llanidloes test unit was appointment only. Residents in the area should now use the Newtown test unit by making an appointment.

The health board said it was moving the test centres around the county to help reach as many people as possible.
 
"The mobile testing units are part of our wider testing programme here in Powys alongside our three main testing sites," said a health board statement.

"Residents can access two national testing centres in Newtown and Brecon where you can walk, drive or cycle for a test, and a further local testing unit in Builth Wells for a drive-through appointment.
 
"The move is part of a rolling programme of mobile testing to ensure residents have access to COVID-19 testing as close to home as possible. Residents who are feeling symptoms but are unable to attend a mobile testing unit can request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home."

All testing units are available by appointment only for people with symptoms. These are: a new continuous cough, high temperature (fever), loss of or change to sense of smell or taste.
 
With a new variant of the virus that can spread more easily now circulating everywhere in Wales, it is more vital than ever that if you are feeling unwell, are showing any signs or symptoms of coronavirus, you must first self-isolate immediately, and book a test as soon as possible.
 
Please remember, all of Wales is in lockdown (alert level 4) where people must follow national guidelines and:
 
stay at home
meet only the people you live with
work from home if you can
wear a face covering where required
wash your hands regularly
stay 2 metres from anyone you do not live with
More information about what we will all need to do at Alert Level 4 is available from the Welsh Government Website at What you need to do at alert level 4.
 
Appointments in Llansantffraid, Llandrindod Wells, Newtown and Brecon can be booked through the UK Government national booking portal, either online at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, 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 and around Builth Wells can make an appointment at the local testing unit by calling 01874 612228 or online at powys.testing@wales.nhs.uk
 
For more information about COVID-19 testing in Powys, visit the health board’s website at www.pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing
 
For more information about COVID-19 testing in Powys, visit the health boards website at www.pthb.nhs.wales/coronavirus/coronavirus-testing