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First private drive-through Covid-19 test launched in Wales

ExpressTest at Cardiff City Stadium

ExpressTest (a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) has today announced the opening a private drive-through screening service in partnership with Cardiff City FC. The site, located at Cardiff City Stadium, is the first of its kind in Wales.

Located in the Away sector of the Stadium, off Sloper road, the testing facility is close to both Grangetown & Ninian park stations. Offering fast and accurate PCR swab tests, the tests on offer are priced at the discounted rate of £80 per person for travel passengers and £99 per person for the test-only service. The new facility will be of particular use to members of the public who are symptomless and so do not qualify for NHS emergency testing, but require a green light to visit family members or fly after lockdown eases.

Results will be emailed or texted to customers typically the next day. Travel passengers who have booked the Fit to Fly service and screen negative will be emailed a Fit to Fly certificate that is authorised by a doctor, along with their test result.

ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards, and tests are carried out by trained Screening Practitioners.  Since its launch in November 2020 Express test has carried out over 95,000 gold standard PCR tests.

ExpressTest was set up by established screening parent company Cignpost Diagnostics whose clients include Netflix, The BBC and the PGA European Tour. The company’s Co-Founders Nick Markham, Steve Whatley and Professor Denis Kinane, also the Chief Medical Officer, are now using their expertise to deliver world class testing to the general public.

Nick Markham, Founder of ExpressTest said:  

“We are delighted to deliver the first, private drive-through Covid-19 screening service in Wales for international passengers and members of the public. For the next few months and beyond, there will be a continued need for gold standard PCR testing, as well as rapid tests before you get on a flightonce foreign travel and tourism is reinitiated.”

Bookings are open from today, with the test available on the same day. To book a test, visit www.expresstest.co.uk and select a date and time.  Customers will then be sent a QR code which they must bring with them to their appointment, along with their passport.  Payment will be taken during the booking process.  Opening hours are 10am – 6pm.

  A spokesperson for Cardiff City Football Club said: “Over the course of the pandemic, Cardiff City FC has been proud to play it’s part in supporting the NHS and Welsh Government to help protect the people of Wales and will continue to do so for as long as is required. We’re also delighted to be partners with ExpressTest to offer this new private service that will allow people to get a COVID green light in order to fly abroad for business or to visit family members.”