Mobile Testing Units move to Machynlleth and Knighton as part of rolling programme

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28 January 2021

Image of swab taken from a person in a carThe rotation of mobile testing units across Powys continues with both units moving to two new locations in Machynlleth and Knighton from Monday 1 February.

The units will be relocated to Y Plas Car Park, Machynlleth and to Bowling Green Lane Car Park in Knighton. Residents are reminded that mobile testing is by appointment-only and provide a drive-through service.

Residents can also access two further national testing centres in Newtown and Brecon where you can walk, drive or cycle for a test, and an additional local testing unit in Builth Wells for drive-through appointments.

The mass vaccination programme is well underway across Powys, with front line health and care staff, carers, and people in the most vulnerable groups receiving their first dose of the vaccine. Whilst the vaccine offers a good level of protection against the virus, people are reminded that if they show any signs and symptoms of Coronavirus, they must self-isolate and get a test immediately.

The continued rotation of the units are 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.

The mobile testing facility will continue to move to other locations across Powys to help ensure people have access to testing unit where there is a need.

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

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 4 is available from the Welsh Government Website at What you need to do at alert level 4.

Appointments in Machynlleth, Knighton, 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 by emailing 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

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