New COVID-19 Community Testing Centre to open in Cavan

23rd April 2021

The HSE wish to advise that a new testing Centre is being established at Scouting Ireland’s Castlesaunderson International Scout Centre, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. Eircode: H14 X650. This will replace the existing testing centre at Ballinagh, Co. Cavan.  This new test centre will commence testing on Tuesday 27th April 2021.  This relocated facility offers Covid-19 testing service in County Cavan, a designated site in which to operate for the remainder of the duration of the pandemic. The Scouting Ireland Scout Centre, which has been closed during the pandemic, will serve a worthy purpose for duration of the remainder of the pandemic.  

The test centre will provide a service to the population of Cavan.  Currently, the test centre operates a 7 day a week service to facilitate the service user getting a rapid response in terms of 'referral to result’ of the test. Opening days and times are subject to national guidance and community demand. The same testing model will continue in the relocated Covid -19 testing site. Access to the grounds surrounding the centre will be allowable for the public for the duration of the agreement.

The HSE worked in partnership with Coillte, Cavan County Council and Scouting Ireland to establish this new testing Centre.

Currently, people can only attend for testing in Castlesaunderson, if they have been referred for a test and have received a text confirming their appointment details.  Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face-covering throughout the test appointment (including travelling to and from the testing centre).

Anyone testing positive for the virus will be contacted by HSE contact tracers to help them track their contacts. Close contacts will receive a notification by SMS that they must restrict their movements for 14 days and if they develop symptoms, they should call their GP or GP Out of Hours service and arrange a test.

The HSE strongly encourages all members of the public identified as requiring a COVID-19 test to attend their appointment. In this way, we can identify quickly those who will have contracted the virus and take steps to prevent its spread across families and community.  

This video sets out the patient journey from swabbing through to contact tracing 


Notes to Editors  

Media Queries to:
Pascal Keeve
HSE CHO 1 Communications
Community Health Organisation Area 1 (Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo)
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Last updated on: 23 / 04 / 2021