HSE online advance booking system for COVID-19 tests in Meath and Louth
From Friday, June 11th, people living in Meath and Louth 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:
- Ardee – St Bridget’s Campus, Kells Road, Ardee, Co. Louth. A92 DRN0
- Ashbourne – Old Health Centre COVID-19 Test Centre, Killegland, Ashbourne, Co. Meath. A84 C2H0
HSE Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation and the Public Health Department North East 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. The HSE will continuously monitor the demand for COVID-19 testing via walk-in centres, the online system and GP referral once that resumes, and close contact test referrals.
Dr Pereira added: “The HSE opened walk-in test centres in a number of locations across North East Leinster 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 registerin 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.”
Des O’Flynn, Chief Officer with Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation said: “Testing is still an important part of the HSE’s response to COVID-19. It helps to identify and manage clusters and outbreaks in the community. This new online booking system for COVID-19 tests will make it easier for people to book a test at a time convenient to them. I would urge people, if they have any concerns, to use this system to arrange a test to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities. Availing of COVID-19 testing, even when you don’t have symptoms, helps us to stop the further spread of COVID-19.”
“Managing large numbers attending for testing has been a challenge in some sites and 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