Test centre continue to assist in COVID fight

As Ireland's COVID-19 vaccination programme continues apace the HSE say that the testing regime continues to be an important part of dealing with the virus. The HSE online booking system for COVID-19 tests continues to operate as infections are increasing in Ireland, with 1,582 new infections reported on average each day.

The Health Service Executive are calling on the public to protect themselves and others from spreading COVID-19 by getting a test as soon as symptoms present.

Time slots for a Covid-19 test can be booked up to the end of the next day. People can select their county, pick a test centre and time slot for a free test.

A PCR test can be undertaken by those who have not had a positive COVID-19 PCR test in the last nine months.

Children under the age of 16 must have an adult with them if they are getting a test. A parent or guardian must give consent for a child under 16 to have a test. You cannot book for someone else unless they are under the age of 16.

People can still show up to the listed centres without an appointment, but people may be waiting longer than if they booked ahead of time.

John Hayes, Chief Officer, Healthcare Organisation Area 1 said vigilance is still an important tool in the finght against the virus: “COVID-19 is a serious infection. We don’t want people getting sick and ending up in hospital. I encourage anyone who is showing symptoms, no matter how mild to receive a COVID-19 test, especially those who have not yet had their vaccination to avail of this service.”

COVID-19 tests can be booked online at the HSE website for the COVID-19 Community Testing Centre, Castlesaunderson, Belturbet. Walk-in testing is available from 10am to 6pm every day.