Bridgend residents who are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 will be able to get tested at a mobile testing centre from Friday, September 25.
A walk-in mobile testing centre has been set up at the Bowls Hall car park of Bridgend Life Centre, following the county borough going into a local lockdown on Tuesday September 22 due to rising cases of coronavirus.
It will be available to anyone with symptoms of a high temperature, new, persistent cough, or a loss or change in their sense of taste or smell.
The facility will be open for seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. It will likely be in place for several weeks.
Bridgend County Borough Council (BCBC) is urging people to only get tested if they are showing symptoms of coronavirus because the testing centre is likely to be very busy.
Staff will be at the centre to make sure people are following social distancing and other health and safety guidelines.
As it is a walk-in centre, residents do not need to book a test. They can just turn up. It is a walk-through facility only, not a drive-through.
Anyone planning a visit is instructed to wear a mask or appropriate face covering and return home immediately to self isolate after being tested to avoid spreading Covid-19.
Council leader Huw David said: “The mobile testing centre has been provided to support residents of Bridgend County Borough as part of our efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
“We are expecting demand to be very high, so it is really important to only go to the test centre if you are displaying symptoms of coronavirus.
“On arrival, you will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, address and mobile phone number.
“Health professionals will guide you through the process, and most people will receive their results via text message the day after taking the test, although some results may take a little longer.”
When getting tested, visitors will be asked to self-swab. They will be guided through the process by healthcare professionals.
Most people will receive their test results via a text message on the day after being tested. Some results could take longer but should be revealed within 72 hours.
Residents who wish to get tested are encouraged not to use public transport to access the mobile testing centre.
Anyone who is not a resident in Bridgend county borough cannot use the mobile testing facility. For residents who can only access the centre via public transport, the council recommends booking a home test online instead.
The council has issued further guidance for Bridgend residents on how to use the mobile facility on its website.
Proof of residency will be required so anyone who goes for a test will need to show an ID or proof of address when attending the centre.
The Life Centre is located on Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4AH.