The HSE has extended its new online advance booking system for COVID-19 tests to Cavan and Monaghan.
From today, Friday, June 11th, people living in Cavan and Monaghan will be able to log on to the online system and book their COVID-19 test up to 24 hours in advance.
The online advance booking system for COVID-19 tests will facilitate bookings for the test centres at:
Cavan – COVID-19 Community Testing Centre, Castlesaunderson, Belturbet, Co. Cavan. H14 FP83
Monaghan – Monaghan GAA Centre COVID-19 Community Test Centre, Cloghan, Monaghan. A75 VE84
HSE Public Health Department North East and Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 1 are working together to deliver this testing programme.
Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East, said: “The online advance booking system will help make COVID-19 testing more available and accessible, and those seeking a COVID-19 test can choose to book your COVID-19 test online and schedule it at a time that suits you.”
“Testing is crucial to prevent and control outbreaks and it’s possible to be positive with COVID-19 but not be aware of it. By taking a COVID-19 test when you don’t have symptoms, you will help to stop the spread of the virus, protect other people and save lives.”
Those with symptoms and those who require medical advice should continue to contact their GP.
Dr Pereira added: “The HSE opened walk-in test centres in a number of locations across the North East when we were concerned about the increase in cases in some areas and now walk-in testing is available at all of our COVID-19 test centres in the region. The online booking portal being launched today makes it possible for anyone to register in advance and minimise the time delay at a testing centre if you walk in. Your support and commitment is vital in ensuring that we suppress the spread of this virus among families and the community.”
John Hayes, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare Organisation (CHO) Area 1 said:
“The rationale for the online referral portal is to encourage people to come forward for testing.
We will continue to monitor the demand for COVID-19 testing via walk-in, the online system and GP referral once that resumes, and close contact test referrals. We can adjust the availability of testing at individual testing centres as demand requires.”
“The development of this online booking system will help minimise the numbers of people queuing in centres for a test at any given time,” he added.
COVID-19 testing can be booked through the online advance booking system here