The current testing strategy from Welsh Government identifies the following categories of key (critical) worker:
Health and social care workers
Testing is available to key (critical) workers with symptoms of COVID-19, or to a symptomatic household member of a key (critical) worker.
The online eligibility checker is available from www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing
Adrian Osborne from the Health Board’s communications team experienced a test run of the new facilities on Friday when he visited a mobile testing unit:
“On Friday I had the privilege of being a guinea pig for the new mobile testing units provided in Powys in partnership with UK Armed Forces.
“There’s a friendly welcome at the gate before I am directed to the first station where personal details are checked. All through a small opening in my car window.
“I then drive on to the second station. Here they explain how to perform a self swab. They carefully explain what is involved, what it will feel like, and also what to do if I get into difficulty. Here they pass a small testing kit through the car window and direct me to drive on.
“I then have a designated parking place to perform the self-swab, with a member of the team close by. The self swab is placed back in its tube, then in a sealed bag, and a second sealed bag. All of this helps to ensure the safety and security of each individual sample.
“The final station is where the sample is handed back to the team, so that it can be sent off for processing. Friday morning’s samples were due to be on a van run to the laboratory at 1pm to help get the results back as quickly as possible.
“All in all it was a very well organised experience. The process all takes place from my car. There is very little waste, and everything is removed from site for safe disposal. Whilst I was only a guinea pig, and not having a real test, I felt informed and immensely reassured. Thank you.”
The online eligibility checker is available from www.powysthb.wales.nhs.uk/coronavirus-testing. Information has also been posted on our Facebook and Twitter channels.
More information about the Welsh Government’s approach to Coronavirus Testing is available from the Welsh Government website at https://gov.wales/testing-coronavirus