Opening date for the North Wales coronavirus screening center


A driving coronavirus testing center in North Wales is ready to open, it was announced.

Vaughan Gething, Minister of Health and Social Services for the Welsh Government, confirmed at the Welsh Government briefing that the Llandudno site will open on Wednesday 29 April.

The test center, located on the Builder Street bus parking lot, will begin by testing critical workers.

Only critical workers with symptoms of the virus will be referred for testing, said Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Council, which includes NHS staff, police, fire and ambulance workers nursing homes.

Those who need to be tested will be able to go to the site and self-buffer without leaving their vehicle.

Teresa Owen, Executive Director of Public Health at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, led the creation of the center on behalf of the North Wales Resilience Forum.

She said: “The new driving test center in Llandudno will play a vital role in our response to the coronavirus in North Wales.

“The site will significantly increase our regional testing capacity and will complement several Health Board Community Test Units (CTUs) for critical workers and NHS staff in the region.” Together, these facilities will help protect the public, provide the best possible outcomes for patients, and keep essential services running. “

The Builder Street Driving Test Center is being developed in partnership with the British government and Deloitte to provide UK-wide coronavirus testing to critical workers.

Key partners in the North Wales facility also include the Welsh Government, Wales Public Health, North Wales Police, Conwy County Council and other Resilience Forum partners .

North Wales Deputy Police Chief Sacha Hatchett, who chairs the North Wales Resilience Forum, added: “The demand for coronavirus testing among our critical workers is increasing. The Builder Street site represents the next phase of our test response to support critical workers in vital areas of the public service.

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