A mobile testing unit will open on Wrexham Industrial Estate to make it easier for people working there to get a Covid-19 test.
The move is part of ongoing work to help keep virus cases low in Wrexham.
The easy-access testing facility will be offering rapid lateral flow tests at the Redwither Business Park, every Monday starting from June 7.
The facility will be based in the overflow carpark adjacent to the staff car park, and will be open between 8am and 4pm on June 7, and between 12pm and 8pm on June 14. After that, the opening times will be reviewed.
Staff working on the industrial estate who don’t have symptoms are being encouraged to get tested at the unit (anyone who does have symptoms should self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test).
About one in three people with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, but can still infect others, and getting tested regularly is the only way to know if you have the virus.
If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.
The work is being co-ordinated by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Wrexham Council and Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
Quick and convenient
Councillor Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Public Protection, said: “This is good news and will provide a quick and convenient way for people working on the industrial estate to get a test.
“Many people who work on the estate haven’t been able to work from home during the pandemic and have to travel into their workplace every day. So knowing they can easily get a test will hopefully provide them – and their employers – with more peace of mind, and help prevent transmission of the virus.
“It’s important to note that this is a positive and pro-active step. The figures remain very good in Wrexham, with a very low number of cases, and this is just another way to help us keep on top of things and keep cases down.”
Teresa Owen, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Executive Director of Public Health, added: “We are pleased to be working with Wrexham Council to offer workers in this area of Wrexham access to a rapid test at our temporary WAST Mobile Testing Unit.
“This will ensure that workers in this area can access testing closer to where they work…avoiding concerns associated with travelling to get a test. Workers will become more confident and skilled at self-testing which will provide reassurance in workplaces.
“The number of cases of Covid-19 has fallen, although it is still circulating within our communities and it’s important that we still test to identify individual’s who are showing no symptoms and are unaware they may be infecting others.
“Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 must self-isolate immediately and book a test.”
If you can’t work from home, you can also order rapid lateral flow test kits to be sent to your home via the Welsh Government website.
Or you can collect them in person from local collection points.
If your test is positive, you should book a PCR test within 24 hours of the positive lateral flow test result.
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