COVID-19 Testing

NB: This service is not suitable for anyone with symptoms of COVID-19, or anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19, which includes being a close contact.

Covid-19 Testing is required for a variety of reasons:

People travelling abroad, returning from abroad, returning to work, pre-procedure or for peace of mind especially when in contact with those who are vulnerable or elderly.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you must attend a National Test centre, which your GP can arrange for you.  

Asymptomatic children can also avail of this Covid 19 PCR swab testing service, but must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

*PLEASE NOTE: All turnaround times are based from the time the sample arrives at the laboratory 

Booking is fast and easy through our online booking system, phone 052-6121288 or email info@msmedical.ie – click on the below link to book now

On the Day of your Appointment:

When you attend your appointment, to limit the potential for cross infection, please:

  • Wear a face mask
  • Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your appointment time (you must wait outside)
  • Do not bring companions with you unless absolutely necessary.

Negative Test:

  • A certificate with your Covid-19 Swab result will be emailed to you which you can download and print. A printout can be collected from the surgery upon request. 

Positive Test:

  • If your Covid-19 test is positive, a member of our clinical team will contact you by phone and advise you of the positive Covid-19 test result.
  • Following this, a member of the HSE’s public health clinical team will contact you to commence contact tracing and organise testing for Covid-19 for your close contacts.

Useful Links:

https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/coronavirus/general-covid-19-travel-advisory/

https://www2.hse.ie/coronavirus/

What is a PCR test?

A PCR test is performed in a laboratory and is indicative of an individual’s COVID status at the time their sample is taken. It does not show previous infection. PCR tests are internationally recognised as the gold standard for COVID-19 testing by World Health Organisation (WHO) and the backbone of every governments national testing program.

How long will the test take?

Your sample will be collected by one of our trained healthcare professionals.

This is done using a nasopharyngeal (nose and throat) swab, the full appointment process should take no more than 15 minutes.

What is a Rapid Antigen test?

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.