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free covid testing Opening dates and testing times for two new walk-in Covid test centres in Cork and Offaly

The walk-in/no appointment necessary testing will operate alongside the existing testing in these centres.

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Covid test. Stock picture

Covid test. Stock picture

Covid test. Stock picture

Another two Covid-19 test centres for those who are symptom-free will open in Cork and Offaly.

The static testing centres will open this Wednesday from 9am to 5pm in St Loman’s Hospital Campus in Mullingar and in the Randal Óg GAA Club in Dunmanway will offer Covid-19 testing to asymptomatic people in these communities.

Opening dates and times of symptom-free testing

  • St Loman’s Hospital Campus in Mullingar will be open from April 14-20, 9am to 5pm
  • Randal Óg GAA Club in Dunmanway will be open from April 14-20, 9am to 5pm (closed Sunday April 18)

The walk-in/no appointment necessary testing will operate alongside the existing testing in these centres whereby GPs refer those with symptoms, and close contacts of a confirmed case of Covid-19, for their Covid-19 test.

HSE National Lead for Test and Trace Niamh O Beirne said, “We have the capacity to carry out 25,000 PCR tests a day nationally.”

“These no appointment necessary testing centres offer those with no symptoms of Covid-19 an opportunity to be tested. These centres have allowed us to raise awareness and make the Covid-19 test more easily available to people

"By the end of last week we had identified over 600 positive Covid-19 cases through these centres and identified new outbreaks. This has enabled those positive cases take the necessary actions to protect those around them.

“The testing service for those with symptoms and those who are close contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19, which are arranged via GPs will also continue to operate as usual at both of these sites.”

People are advised to use this free, walk-in Covid-19 testing service if they

  • Are aged 16 years and over
  • Do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
  • Have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last six months
  • Remember, it’s one test per person.

Photo identification must be brought and provided along with a mobile telephone number. Social distancing measures will apply as people attend for testing.



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