This is part of the HSE's drive to improve the accessibility of coronavirus testing for local communities.
Situated at Handball Alley, Croke Park and Castleknock Health Centre, these pop up centres will offer free testing for anyone with coronavirus symptoms, who are referred by a GP.
The pop up centres will increase capacity by between 180 to 200 tests per day and run in conjunction with the community testing centre based at the National Show Centre in Swords. These centres will provide a service to all members of the public, who have been referred for testing by a GP.
These latest testing pop up centres are part of an expansion of testing facilities provided by the HSE to meet the increasing demand for COVID-19 testing. In addition to these extra pop up centres, four new community testing centres have recently been set up to manage local demand. These include two new community testing centres in Dublin, one in Kildare and one in Portlaoise. Across the country, there are now 30 community test centres, as well as mobile units for outbreak management and home testing, which is available through the National Ambulance Centre.
Those being tested will be required to follow public health measures, including social distancing, not travelling by taxi or public transport, practising good personal hygiene and wearing a face-covering throughout (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. This will help people to identify who they may have been in close contact with, protecting others from further transmission. Close contacts of those testing positive will also hear from HSE contact tracers, advising them to restrict their movements by staying at home for 14 days and to organise coronavirus testing to prevent them from unknowingly spreading the virus.
Mellany McLoone, Chief Officer of CHO Dublin North City and County, said: “Getting a test is now faster and easier than ever. These two pop up centres mean that anyone who has symptoms can call their GP to get a free test and quickly find out whether they have the virus and need to stay at home, or if they can safely return to their normal routine. I would like to convey our sincere thanks to Croke Park and the local residents for facilitating us to provide this very valuable service to our population.”
- Handball Alley, Croke Park appointments will be offered from 11.30am to 6.30pm from Saturday 5th September to Friday, 11th September.
- Castleknock Health Centre appointments will be offered from 11.30am to 6.30pm from Saturday 5th September to Wednesday, 9th September.
Last updated on: 04 / 09 / 2020