Staff from across Improvement Cymru, our Screening Division as well as our Finance, Procurement and Planning teams have been working together over the past weeks to ensure that local key workers and members of the public alike were able to access Coronavirus testing at the site, located in the grounds of Cardiff City Stadium.
On Wednesday 10 June, the ongoing management of the site, as well as the referral process that runs alongside it, were handed over to Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. This brings it in line with all other population sampling sites operated by health boards across Wales.
Dr John Boulton, Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, who heads up Public Health Wales’ testing cell said:
“Myself and the Board are aware of the mammoth challenge it posed and are grateful to each and every one of you for the commitment, dedication and pure determination you have shown.”
Dr John Boulton, Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, who heads up Public Health Wales’ testing cell said: “We asked a huge amount of our staff in efforts to get this site up and running. Many of those involved had to step way out of their comfort zones into roles that are very different to their normal day jobs.
“Whether they’ve been working behind the scenes managing referrals and responding to enquiries, or on the ground collecting samples and providing assistance to those being tested, everyone involved has played an important role in what has been an important part of our response to this pandemic.”
Public Health Wales continues to play an important role in scaling up Wales’ sampling and testing capacity in line with Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy. Key priorities at present include supporting health boards in communicating test results out to individuals, supporting the deployment of mobile testing units and maximising the capacity for testing within our laboratories.