Update on mobile testing arrangements in Bridgend

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board has confirmed the latest arrangements for mobile coronavirus testing facilities in Bridgend County Borough.

A drive-through testing facility will remain in place at Ynysawdre Swimming Pool (Heol-Yr-Ysgol, Tondu CF32 9ET) until 21 January. This is open 9am-4pm throughout the week, and booking is essential.

A walk-through testing facility is in place at the Bowls Hall car park off Bridgend Life Centre (Angel Street, Bridgend CF31 4AH). The facility is available 8am-8pm, seven days a week, and booking is also essential.

To arrange an appointment for either of these testing facilities, visit the Welsh Government website or calling 119. People with hearing or speech difficulties can book an appointment by calling 18001119.

The mobile testing facility previously located at the Richard Price Centre in Llangeinor is now closed.

Instead, a new walk-in site will open at the Awel y Mor community centre (Hutchwns Terrace, Porthcawl CF36 5TN) on Friday 15 January. The walk-in facility will be open until 21 January between 9am-4pm, seven days a week. No appointments will be required, so booking to use this facility is not necessary.

The Leader, Cllr Huw David said: “We are still seeing high levels of coronavirus across the county borough, and with alert level four conditions in place across Wales, we must do all that we can to help limit the spread of the virus.

“Demand for the mobile testing facilities is high, so please only use them if you are exhibiting any symptoms of Covid-19, and keep on observing the basic rules which are designed to keep us all safe.

“The vaccine roll-out is underway, and priority groups are being targeted first. You will be contacted when it is your turn, so please do not tie up resources by enquiring about it at a pharmacist or GP.

“On no account should anyone try to access a vaccination centre without having an appointment in place to do so.

“As the effects of the vaccine may not be seen nationally for many months, the advice on keeping Wales safe remains the same for everyone.

“Remember to keep a two-metre distance from others, wash your hands regularly, and wear a face covering where required.

“If you feel unwell, visit NHS 111 Wales online or contact your local community pharmacist. If necessary, you can also contact your local GP, but please only call 999 or attend the Emergency Department if you are experiencing life-threatening symptoms.”