Testing Centre for NHS staff
New drive through testing units have been established at three locations across North Wales to support the response to tackling Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19).
At this stage, the testing units will only be providing priority testing for identified NHS workers involved in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
This will reduce the risk of NHS staff infecting other patients, or having to take time off work to self-isolate if they developed symptoms, without confirmation of whether they have the virus or not.
The testing units, which have been established following advice from Public Health Wales and the Welsh Government, are located at Ysbyty Alltwen, Tremadog; Bryn y Neuadd Hospital, Llanfairfechan; and on the grounds of Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
The new units are not operating a walk in service and will not provide testing to NHS staff without an appointment.
There is no additional risk to people living in the immediate vicinity of these units. A range of precautions and infection prevention measures have been considered and put in place, including strict clinical protocols and the use of Personal Protective Equipment, to keep staff, patients and people living and working nearby safe.
Teresa Owen, Executive Director of Public Health at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
The Testing Units will provide testing for NHS staff who have a crucial role to play in tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.
They are not offering a walk in service, and we ask the public not to visit the units, as they will not be tested, but may cause delays for NHS staff. I would like to provide reassurance that there is no additional risk to people living in the immediate vicinity of these units.
We urge people to continue to follow the latest advice from Public Health Wales.
Rossett Testing Centre
A number of you have written to me with your concerns about the COVID-19 testing centre in Rossett.
I have written to the Welsh Health Minister, Vaughan Gethin, with residents concerns about the location of the testing centre in Rossett, urging him and the Welsh Government to find a more suitable location. To view the letter, click here.
The testing centre has since closed, and carried out its final test on Friday, 13th March.
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