Rapid Antigen testing involves a swab taken from the back of your nose. A testing kit is then used in the surgery to assess for the presence of COVID-19 antigens.
The test is being offered primarily for the purposes of essential travel. Your result is available within 20 minutes.
Rapid antigen tests can reduce further transmission of COVID-19 through early detection.
Antigen tests are intended for use as an aid in the diagnosis of infections with COVID-19. There is a small possibility that the result may give a false negative or false positive. Positive Antigen results are confirmed by a PCR test.
If you test positive, public health may be notified and you will be advised to phone your doctor to arrange a HSE PCR test, return home and self-isolate until the results of the HSE laboratory PCR test are known.
Some countries may now accept Rapid Antigen Test results for travel. Please check with your airline/destination country.