ECTS has partnered with Cube Modular to bring convenient and reliable COVID-19 testing facilities to British holiday-makers, available at various ASDA car parks across the UK. ECTS is part of the Eurofins Group, the global leader in bio-analysis and laboratory testing.
Alongside a new hybrid fuel cell system which uses stored power to generate electricity for the pod, substantially reducing generator use, this project also makes use of Continest – a unique, foldable building solution. This innovative building technology allows the units to be folded down and stacked for transport, thus enabling a reduction of CO2 emissions by up to 80% compared to fixed portable building systems. Available in two sizes, transport allows ten CN20s (10x20ft) or twenty CN10s (20x10ft) to be transported on a single truck.
With at least 10 sites already installed, and a further 20 sites due to be installed in the coming weeks, the initiative has potential to ease Brits into their return to travel with a hyper-convenient ‘test to depart’ service. Up to 50 sites have been agreed upon, with the potential for further expansion, helping to relieve stress as a return to travel ramps up.
The sites currently available are:
- ASDA Leckwith Road (Cardiff)
- ASDA Swansea
Locations of the 10 existing testing pods include ASDA sites in: Ashford, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Falmouth, Hereford, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Swansea, Wheatley and Yeovil.
Mass Testing Centre (MTC)
Drive-through testing centres in Wales are located at:
- Abercynon Railway Station (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
- Bridgend, Ysbyty’r Seren
- Cardiff City Stadium (Cardiff)
- Carmarthen Showground (Carmarthenshire)
- Cwm, near Ebbw Vale (Blaenau Gwent)
- Deeside Industrial Park, (Flintshire)
- Llandudno, Builder Street (Conwy)
- Merthyr Tydfil Kier Hardie Health Park
- Neath Port Talbot, Baglan Industrial Estate
- Swansea, Fabian Way park and ride overflow
Community Testing Units (CTUs)
Community Testing Units in Wales are linked to health care settings and are operated by the local health boards. Testing is prioritised for health care workers but some do facilitate testing for other critical workers as capacity allows. Testing is organised at a local level by the health boards.
Mobile Testing Unit (MTU)
Mobile testing is an agile capability that allows temporary testing sites to be set up quickly to serve communities on a rolling basis. There are 19 mobile testing units in Wales. 15 of these are operated by commercial providers through the local health boards. The remaining 4 are operated by the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust (WAST) which rapidly respond to incidents and outbreaks.
Local Test Sites (LTS)
Walk-in testing Centres in Wales are located at:
- Aberdare, Coleg y Cymoedd Campus Car Park
- Bangor, Beach Road Car Park
- Barry, Colcot Sports Centre
- Brecon, Watton Car Park
- Bridgend, Bowls Centre Car Park
- Caerphilly, Rhymney, former Aldi site, Old Brewery Lane
- Cardiff, Ely – former Parkview Medical Centre, Treseder Way
- Cardiff, Museum Avenue
- Cardiff Bay, County Hall Car Park
- Llantrisant,Ty Penygawsi Car Park
- Merthyr Tydfil, Leisure Centre
- Neath, Milland Road Car Park
- Newport, Bettws Social Club
- Newport, Duffryn, Duffryn Arms Pub Car Park
- Newtown, Shortbridge Street Car Park
- Pontypool, Old Mill Car Park
- Rhyl, Quay Street Carpark
- Shotton, Civic Hall, Connah’s Quay
- Treforest, University of South Wales
- Wrexham, Memorial Hall
Contacting your local health board about coronavirus test results
If you’ve had a test at a Mass Testing Centre, Mobile Testing Unit or Local Testing Site please contact 119 if you haven’t received your results within 72 hours.
If you’re a critical worker and you’ve had a test at a Community Testing Unit which is operated by the Local Health Board, please contact your Local Health Board with any questions about your test results.