Mark Pritchard and Hugh Jones
Cllr Hugh Jones and Cllr Mark Pritchard at the easy-access testing centre in Caia Park.

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Thank you…

We want to say a huge thank you to everyone whose visited the easy-access testing units in Caia Park and Hightown this week.

The units were introduced earlier this week to make it easier for people living near the edge of Wrexham town centre to get a Covid-19 test if they think they might have symptoms…no matter how mild.

The work has been co-ordinated by Public Health Wales, Wrexham Council and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, with support from the army, AVOW and the local voluntary sector.

The response from local people has been amazing, with over 800 people going for a test in the first two days – all doing their bit to help keep Wrexham safe.

Councillor Hugh Jones, Wrexham Council’s Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, says:

“The support from the local community has been incredible. Staff working at the sites have been blown away by the community spirit they’ve seen – everyone has been so kind, co-operative and considerate of others.

“Every person who has come forward for a test – to get their symptoms checked – has done a really important thing for their community. By taking this small step, they’ve played their part in helping to keep their family, their community and the whole of Wrexham safe.

“I’m incredibly proud of the communities of Caia Park and Hightown, and of the people of Wrexham as a whole.

“Now everyone in Wrexham needs to keep going…we all still have a huge part to play by following advice and guidance.”

Easy-access testing available until end of tomorrow

The mobile testing centres are currently scheduled to be at Caia Park Health Centre on Prince Charles Road, and at Hightown Community Resource Centre on Fusilier Way (off Bryn Y Cabanau Road) until the end of tomorrow (Saturday, August 1).

So if you live in and around Caia Park or Hightown, and think you have symptoms (no matter how mild), just turn-up between 9am and 6pm.

It’s safe, simple and easy, and you’ll get your test results back within 48 to 72 hours.

Today’s update from Public Health Wales says health officials have been delighted with the response from the community in Wrexham.


Covid-19 testing

Let’s keep doing the right thing

It’s as important as ever that we all stick to the guidelines if we want to keep Wrexham safe.

So what does that mean?

It means sticking to the guidance from Welsh Government, which includes…

  • Staying two metres apart.
  • Washing your hands regularly.
  • Avoiding car-sharing with people from other households.
  • Isolating and getting a test if you think you have symptoms.
  • Not meeting with other households indoors (in Wales, you can still only meet other households – outside of your extended household – outdoors).

It also means following advice from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board…

  • Visiting at the Maelor Hospital is still suspended. If you have to visit the hospital (e.g. for an appointment), only have someone accompany you if it’s absolutely necessary.
  • Please wear face coverings in public areas in local hospitals.

And it means following guidance when using public transport…

  • Wear a facemask on buses.
  • Wear a facemask on trains.

We can do this together

Councillor Mark Pritchard, Leader of Wrexham Council, says:

“The response from the people of Wrexham has been amazing over the past four or five months.

“Let’s keep going. By sticking to the rules, we can keep Wrexham safe.

“With pubs and restaurants allowed to serve indoors again from Monday (August 3), and other services and facilities continuing to unlock in line with Government guidance, it’s important we all keep following the rules as we enjoy these new freedoms.

“Let’s stick together, let’s stick to the rules, and let’s keep Wrexham safe. I know we can do this.”

Other ways to get a test

If you think you have symptoms, you can also apply for a test online or by phone.

Take a look at the Welsh Government website for more info.

Remember…if you feel really unwell, use the online symptom checker or dial 111 (or call 999 if you think there’s something seriously wrong).