Covid-19 testing will be more accessible to those living in the Vale of Clwyd thanks to the opening of a local coronavirus test site.
The UK Department for Health and Social Care have confirmed that they are opening a test site at Rhyl’s Quay Street car park, over the coming days.
Welcoming the news, Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies said:
“Having a testing site in Rhyl will make it much easier for people in the area to access testing.
“The location was identified by the Department for Health and Social Care following engagement with the Welsh Government and local stakeholders. It was considered to be the most suitable for best supporting communities in the Vale of Clwyd.”
“The new Rhyl site forms part of an expansion to open more ‘walk through’ Local Test Sites across the UK, which are easily accessible by foot or by bicycle. These sites complement the regional drive through testing network across the UK as well as home testing, both of which can be booked through the government’s online portal.
“Mobile Testing Units are also travelling the UK, responding to increased regional demand for testing, and supporting hard to reach areas.
“This expansion of testing supports the existing National Testing Programme infrastructure, which has greatly increased its testing capacity since the coronavirus pandemic began. Across the UK, testing capacity has been expanded to more than 500,000 a day, meaning that anyone with symptoms can book a test for free. More testing per head is taking place in Britain than in almost any other major nation in the world.”
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – should book a test immediately at nhs.uk/coronavirus,by calling 119, or using the NHS Covid-19 app.