New mobile testing sites for Bridgend County Borough

New coronavirus mobile testing facilities are being made available in Bridgend County Borough.

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed that a drive-in facility will be available between 5–8 November at Coytrahen Community Centre. To use this facility, which will be drive-through only, you will need to book an appointment in advance by visiting the Welsh Government website.

A walk-in mobile testing centre will also be available between 5–12 November at Porthcawl’s Grand Pavilion. No appointments are required to use this walk-in service

The new mobile testing facilities, which replace the one based at the Richard Price Centre in Llangeinor, will both be available between 9am – 5pm.

Residents should only attend a mobile testing centre if showing symptoms of coronavirus such as a high temperature, a new persistent cough, or a loss or change in your sense of taste or smell.

While waiting to use the walk-in mobile testing service, some queuing may be necessary, so please remember to wear a mask.

On arrival, health professionals will guide you through the process, and you will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, address and mobile phone number.

Once the test has been completed, you must return home immediately to self-isolate until the results have been confirmed – please do not e.g. visit local shops. While most people will receive their results via text message the day after taking a test, some results may take a little longer.

Council Leader Huw David said: “Together with our partners in Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, we want as many people as possible to have access to a mobile testing unit while also directing them to areas where they are most needed.

“The Coytrahen site is the latest step towards ensuring that our valleys communities are covered, while as a community of more than 20,000 people, it is important to ensure that Porthcawl is included too, and I am grateful to Awen Cultural Trust for supporting these efforts by hosting the facility.

“The testing facilities are designed to be able to move around between different communities within the county borough while also serving as a rapid response facility which can be deployed where it is needed most and as the situation changes, and it is proving to be of great use to local residents.”

To find out more about the alternative ways in which you can obtain a Covid-19 test, visit the coronavirus page at the Welsh Government website or call 119.