COVID-19: drive-in testing to start in Llandudno

A drive-in testing centre for Coronavirus will be opened in Llandudno on Wednesday.

The coach park on Builder Street will be used initially to test critical workers from across North Wales.

The North Wales Resilience Forum says it will increase the region’s capacity for testing – with visitors able to self-swab without leaving their vehicles.

For the time being, only key workers displaying symptoms of the virus will be referred to the testing centre, including NHS and ambulance staff, police officers, firefighters and staff from care homes.

Teresa Owen, executive director of public health at the Betsi Cadwaladr health board, said: ”The new drive-through testing centre in Llandudno will play an integral part in our response to Coronavirus in North Wales.”

”The site will greatly increase our regional testing capability and complements several existing health board community testing units (CTUs) for critical workers and NHS staff across the region. Together, these facilities will help safeguard the public, provide the best possible outcome for patients and keep essential services running.”

Health chiefs say the Llandudno testing centre will not pose a risk to the public as stringent infection prevention measures have been put in place to protect people, staff and the wider community.

Sacha Hatchett, Assistant Chief Constable at North Wales Police, added: ”The demand for Coronavirus testing amongst our critical workers is growing. The site on Builder Street represents the next phase of our testing response to support critical workers in vital areas of public service.”

”We have mobilised quickly with the support of partners and the military to create a suitable drive-through centre which increases our testing capacity in North Wales. This new centre allows us to provide Coronavirus testing in a convenient, timely and, above all else, a safe way for all involved in the process.”

Llandudno will also host one of three temporary hospitals, named Ysbyty Enfys, due to open shortly. Around a thousand extra beds will be available at Venue Cymru, Canolfan Brailsford in Bangor and at the Deeside Leisure Centre.

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