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Can I still get a PCR or LFD test to confirm COVID-19?

PCR tests, previously in place for people with symptoms of COVID-19 and which were sent to the labs for confirmation, stopped being available to the general public from 31 March 2022. PCR testing is provided directly by Health Boards only for symptomatic health and social care staff (as they work with vulnerable people), some special education staff, care home residents and prisoners. It is also available for some patients undergoing certain treatments. If you need a PCR as a patient, you will be contacted directly with an appointment and information about where you need to attend for your test.

If you have symptoms and work in health and social care or special education provision, please contact your organisation for information on access to testing.

Free LFD home testing kits will no longer be available to the general public from 1 August 2022 following Welsh Government’s announcement on 29 July (opens in new tab).

However, to protect the vulnerable in our communities the following testing is still available under the Welsh Government’s Test Trace Protect service:

  • LFD and PCR testing for those eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • LFD testing for people visiting those eligible for COVID-19 treatments.
  • LFD testing for people visiting care homes.
  • PCR testing for COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses for symptomatic care home residents and prisoners.
  • PCR and LFD testing in accordance with the patient testing framework and clinical judgement.
  • LFD testing for symptomatic health and social care staff.
  • LFD tests for regular asymptomatic testing for health and social care staff (this will be reviewed at lower prevalence).

Individuals requiring testing under the above categories will be contacted directly about how and when to access the appropriate test.

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