Mobile testing units will be returning to Crickhowell and Rhayader from Monday, May 10, for residents in the town and wider area to have easy access to coronavirus testing.

The two units will be located in the same position as last time at Cwrt Y Gollen, Crickhowell, and Rhayader Rugby Football Club for residents in the upper Wye Valley.

Mobile testing is by appointment-only and provides a drive-through service.

Testing teams are urging people to continue to their nearest testing unit if they become unwell with any of the classic signs and symptoms which are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste, or if generally feeling unwell.

Residents can also access two further national testing centres in Newtown and Brecon where you can walk, drive or cycle for a test, and additional Community Testing Units in Builth Wells and Welshpool for drive-through appointments.

The continued rotation of the units are part of a rolling programme of mobile testing to ensure residents have access to Covid-19 testing as close to home as possible. Residents who are feeling symptoms but are unable to attend a mobile testing unit can request a Home Testing Kit, delivered to your home.

Please remember, all of Wales is in lockdown (alert level 4) where people must follow national guidelines and:

stay local rule lifted

6 people from 6 households can meet outdoors

maintain social distancing

wash your hands regularly

work from home if you can

wear a face covering in shops and other indoor public places, unless you have a reasonable excuse not to do so

Everyone should follow this guidance whether or not they have received the Covid-19 vaccination.

More information about what we will all need to do at Alert Level 4 is available from the Welsh Government Website at What you need to do at alert level 4.

For more information about Covid-19 testing in Powys, visit the health board’s website at

Appointments in Crickhowell, Rhayader, Newtown and Brecon can be booked through the UK Government national booking portal, either online at, by phone on 119, or 18001 119 for people with hearing or speech difficulties. This is also the way to request a home testing kit.

Residents in Builth Wells and Welshpool can make an appointment at the Community Testing Unit by calling 01874 612228 or by emailing [email protected].

For more information about Covid-19 testing in Powys, visit the health board’s website at