Ysbyty Alltwen drive-through testing centre now available for residents of Dwyfor and Meirionnydd

Ysbyty Alltwen’s drive-through testing centre is now open to the public to make it easier for people in the area to access a COVID-19 test closer to their home.

Previously, the testing centre was only available to key workers and their families, the education sector, pre-op patients who are due to undergo an operation and some care workers.

This service is for individuals who believe they have COVID symptoms, and people should only attend if they have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

This is not a walk-in service and people will need to make an appointment to have a test.

The testing centre is open 9.30am – 4.30pm seven days a week, and an appointment for a test can be made by phoning 03000 852525.

Teresa Owen, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s Executive Director of Public Health, said: “As a pilot project, we are now able to offer residents in Dwyfor and Meirionnydd, who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, access to a test at our unit in Ysbyty Alltwen.

“This will ensure that residents in this area can access testing closer to where they live.

“As new restrictions come into force across Wales on Friday, I would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to continue to follow government guidelines to help us prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must self-isolate immediately and book a test.”

Councillor Dafydd Meurig, Gwynedd Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Care matters, said: “As a Council, we are pleased to see the centre open at Ysbyty Alltwen that will offer testing for the residents of the Dwyfor and Meirionnydd areas of Gwynedd.

“We appreciate that it is a difficult time for anyone who has symptoms of the virus, and we hope that locating a unit closer to the communities of Dwyfor and Meirionnydd will benefit residents as we work with our partners in the health sector to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protecting our health and care services.

“The unit is for members of the public who have made an appointment, and we would remind residents that the facilities are only for those people who have symptoms. This will help to ease pressure for our health partners who are already working very hard to support our local communities.”