Community testing moves to Porthcawl for final phase

The final phase of a community testing programme will open in Porthcawl on Wednesday 21 April.

Based at the Awel-Y-Mor Community Centre in Hutchwns Terrace, the centre will be available until Wednesday 28 April between 9.30am and 6.30pm. No appointments are necessary, and the free walk-in service is available to all residents of the county borough.

Designed to help identify people who may have Covid-19 without displaying any signs of illness, the community testing is aimed at residents who are aged 11 and over, are not displaying any symptoms of coronavirus, and who feel otherwise fit and well.

Because it is possible for people who have been vaccinated to still carry the virus, the testing includes residents who may have already undergone a test or who have received a dose of the vaccine.

At the centres, staff will show people to booths where they can carry out a swab test. Each swab is processed upon the premises, and participants will be contacted with the results within 30 minutes.

If a positive result is recorded, the participant will be asked to self-isolate while arrangements are made for them to receive a confirmatory test along with further advice and support.

Anyone taking part should not eat for 30 minutes beforehand. To speed up the registration process, you can also download a Covid-19 QR code app by visiting the Covid-19 webpage at the NHS website.

For more information, visit the community testing page at