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.