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Cyngor Sir Ynys Môn - Isle of Anglesey County Council


Holy Island Covid-19 testing


The Community Testing programme aims to identify people who don't have COVID-19 symptoms (this is called being asymptomatic).

The main aim is to prevent and reduce further transmission in the community.

Covid-19 testing centre for residents displaying symptoms

If you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms (see below for full list of symptoms) then please go for a test, as soon as possible, at the walk-in and drive-through testing centre located at Stanley Crescent Car Park, Victoria Road, Holyhead.

The testing centre is open Monday to Sunday as folows:

1 April to 4 April - 8am to 2pm

5 April to 11 April - 2pm to 8pm

12 April to 18 April - 8am to 2pm

19 April to 22 April - 2pm to 8pm 

There is no need to make an appointment; please just visit the site.

It is essential that you and your household members self-isolate until you receive your test result.

Covid-19 test collection service for children and family bubbles of school children years 7 to 13

The service (located at Lower Hill Street Car Park, Holyhead) has now ended.

More than 3,200 testing kits were distributed during the week.

Covid-19 testing kits (community)

With the new community testing centre now up and running at Holyhead Leisure Centre, the door to door delivery and collection service has come to an end.  

Any residents who still have an uncollected PCR test at home are kindly asked to post it free of charge. 

Please note: The tests must be posted in local post boxes that are clearly marked with white 'Priority Box' stickers. 

Holy Island residents who are housebound, and not able to go for a test at the Holyhead Leisure Centre, can contact the County Council via email PRAWFC19@anglesey.gov.uk or call (01248) 752267.

New Covid-19 community testing centre for Holyhead and Holy Island residents, and those who work there, not displaying symptoms

Benefits of getting a community lateral flow test

Taking a test helps reduce the spread of the virus in your community, however it is not mandatory to have a test.

  • if you test positive, you help to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19 in your household, support bubble and community
  • the test identifies and supports infectious people to isolate before they develop symptoms
  • testing helps with the management and containment of COVID-19 outbreaks
  • testing protects those most vulnerable to the impacts and consequences of COVID-19

Video of the test centre

Read the answers to our most frequently asked questions about the mass community testing centre at Holyhead Leisure Centre below.

No.

If you are displaying Covid-19 symptoms (see below for full list of symptoms) then please go for a test, as soon as possible, at the walk-in and drive-through testing centre located at Stanley Crescent Car Park, Victoria Road, Holyhead.

The testing centre is open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Sunday. There is no need to make an appointment; please just visit the site.

It is essential that you and your household members self-isolate until you receive your test result.

Holyhead and the wider Holy Island area has recently seen some of highest rates Covid-19 infections throughout Wales and the UK.

Through Community Testing we hope to identify more positive cases and help them to isolate in order to prevent asymptomatic transmission and reduce overall virus transmission in the community. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 display no symptoms at all.

Everyone living, working and studying in the areas local to Holy Island is being offered a test.

Anyone who doesn't have symptoms can have a test.

By getting a test you will be helping to stop the virus from spreading further and enable restrictions to be lifted sooner.

Holyhead Leisure Centre, Kingsland Holyhead, Anglesey, LL65 2YE

Day Opening time Closing time
Monday 11am 6pm
Tuesday 11am 6pm
Wednesday 11am 6pm
Thursday 11am 6pm
Friday 11am 6pm
Saturday 10am 4.30pm
Sunday 10am 4.30pm
Good Friday 2 April 10am 4.30pm
Easter Monday 5 April 10am 4.30pm

Yes.

Young people aged 16 years and above can self-administer the test.

Young people aged 12–15 years should be accompanied by a parent/guardian/carer. They can perform the test on themselves but should be supervised in the booth.

Children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a parent/guardian/carer who can administer the test and assist the child.

The accompanying adult should only administer the swab if they are comfortable to do so. Appropriately trained individuals are not available to undertake swabbing.

Yes.

1 in 3 people with Covid-19 do not show any symptoms.

Therefore, we urge everyone, regardless of symptoms or vaccination status – to please get tested.

Although Covid-19 vaccines protect most people from getting ill with Covid infection we do not know whether the vaccine stops you carrying the infection and passing it to others.

You could be infectious and not know. The test is needed to find this out.

Yes.

We are encouraging all Holy Island to get tested. You may be carrying the virus since you were last tested.

No.

You do not have to book an appointment for a test at Holyhead Leisure Centre – just turn up.

When you arrive, you will be asked to register for the test using your mobile phone.

Your phone will need to have a camera and the ability to read bar codes. If your phone doesn’t do this a member of staff will be able to register you for the test.

Once registration is complete, you will be directed to a testing booth where you will be able to complete the swab.

When you have completed the swab you will then be directed to leave via another door.

Testing assistants will be available to answer any questions you have and support you through the process.

We are encouraging individuals to self-register at the centre using a smart phone/device if possible as this will speed-up the process.

If you are unable to self-register, then staff will ask you to provide your name, address, a mobile telephone number or valid email address at the registration point.

This is so that you can register and obtain the results of the test.

Please wear a face mask or covering when you visit the test centre.

Yes.

You can park at Holyhead Leisure Centre for the duration of your test visit and the parking is free.

Yes.

There is disabled access.

If you require this, please let a member of staff know when you arrive at the centre. Members of staff will be located in the car park to assist you.

For social distancing reasons, we ask people to please attend the test centre on their own.

However, if you do need some personal support, such as help with mobility for example, you are welcome to bring with you a family member or carer, provided they are in your 'bubble.'

However, you must not bring with you anyone who has any COVID symptoms.

Please note children under the age of 15 will require a parent/guardian to accompany them.

We can’t predict how long the queues or wait will be, but please be assured staff will be in place to ensure that full safety measures are maintained.

We would expect everyone who turns up for a test to maintain 2m social distancing and wear a face mask.

The test takes a matter of minutes to complete.

No.

The test doesn't hurt but can be a bit uncomfortable but only for a few seconds.

No, testing is non-compulsory.

However, we are urging all of those who are eligible - everyone living, studying or working in Holy Island to take a test in order to prevent asymptomatic transmission and reduce overall virus transmission in the community.

To keep Holy Island safe and to protect your community, friends and family.

Community testing will provide a more accurate picture of the virus in Holy Island.

Identifying people who have Covid-19, and offering them support to help them to self-isolate before they develop symptoms.

This will help reduce the number of people they spread the virus and reduce the transmission rate to help keep Holy Island residents safe.

If you have already had a positive test within the past 90 days, you can get tested again unless you are positive and in your 10-day isolation period.

In that case, you should not get retested and should remain in isolation.

Everyone will be tested using Lateral Flow Devices (LFD).

Those being tested will swab themselves then give the swab to a trained technician to process on the spot using the Lateral Flow equipment.

You should return to your car or home immediately and await your results.

The Lateral Flow Test (LFT) tests can provide results within 30 minutes - 1 hour without the need for processing the swabs in a laboratory.

Lateral flow tests results will be sent via a text message or email.

If you do not have access to a mobile phone or email address, then please wait safely away from others and return to the centre after 30 minutes.

No.

You should return to your car or home immediately and await your results.

No, you don’t have to self-isolate.

However, please note that you should receive your test result within 30 minutes - 1 hour.

Therefore, we urge everyone who has a test to return to their car/home immediately to wait for their result.

Please do not go to any nearby public buildings as you could be potentially spreading the virus if you do test positive.

We recommend that you return to the test centre again after 7 days to retake the test in order to ensure that you are still COVID-19 free.

If you have received a positive Lateral Flow Test result, you will need to undertake a second, confirmatory, PCR test.

Please go for a test, as soon as possible, at the walk-in and drive-through testing centre located at Stanley Crescent Car Park, Victoria Road, Holyhead.

The testing centre is open from 8am until 8pm Monday to Sunday. There is no need to make an appointment; please just visit the site.

It is essential that you and your household members self-isolate until you receive your test result.

Contact tracing via the Test, Trace and Protect Team will be initiated and contacts of the positive case will be advised to self-isolate for 10 days.

You will be contacted by a member of the Test, Trace and Protect Team with more information.

You will still need to follow the current rules in place for Wales set by the Welsh Government.

If you have been contacted by NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect Service (TTP) and been told to self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support through the Welsh Governments Self-Isolation Support Payment Scheme.

This financial support is designed to help ensure people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts self-isolate for the required period to stop the onward spread of the virus.

They are also designed to encourage individuals who are eligible for this support to get tested if they have symptoms. This is important to help stop the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further economic and societal restrictions.

No.

A negative test does not change the current rules we all need to follow.

No.

All the Covid-19 tests that are part of the pilot scheme are free.

You cannot get a lateral flow test delivered to your home.

If you are unwell or have symptoms you can get a postal test sent to your house via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by ringing 119.

For all COVID-19 related queries for Holy Island residents, please call the advice line on 01248 752 628 or 01443 425020.

Please note that due to the volume of calls the lines may be busy and you should only call this number if you have a specific query that cannot be answered in the above FAQs.