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Drive through testing centre opens at Liberty Stadium

Stadium facility for health and social care workers completed in two days

The first cars have arrived at a drive-through Coronavirus testing unit at Swansea's Liberty Stadium.

The testing facility is primarily for staff providing health and social care services, though some other key frontline workers can also be tested.

Work on the six-lane facility at the Liberty Stadium started last Wednesday and took just two days to complete.

Swansea Bay University Health Board, Swansea Council and Swansea City FC worked closely together to create the unit, which complements the unit in Port Talbot that the health board opened in March.

Health board Chief Executive Officer Tracy Myhill said:

"Our people are making extraordinary efforts to support our communities."As well as wanting to ensure their health and wellbeing, without their tireless efforts we would not be able to provide care to our patients during these unprecedented times.

"Having this second facility means we can test more staff more quickly, so they know they are safe to return to work if they do not have the virus. It also provides us with the flexibility to contribute to the additional requirements of the all-Wales testing plan.

"We are very grateful to our partner organisations who have worked with us to introduce this new facility in such a short time."

The Liberty testing unit is located in the VIP car park and has its own dedicated vehicle entrance. Other car parking areas around the stadium are unaffected.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: "I'm glad we have played a key role in setting up this Coronavirus testing unit.

"The council has changed the services it delivers to reflect our communities' evolving needs at this time.

"Our work to build the testing unit complements the expertise and energy we've shown in building the incredible Bay Field Hospital and in providing other vital services. At a difficult time we're here for Swansea."

The unit will operate between 9.30am and 7pm, though this could be extended if the need ever arose.

Around 150 people a day can be tested at the Margam unit, while the Liberty will be able to test an extra 360 people daily.

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