Walk-in (no appointment) Covid-19 testing in East and West Cork

A pop-up Covid-19 test site will run at Midleton GAA club will run for three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

We are very grateful to Midleton GAA club for their support in providing a location for this temporary testing.

This is part of a planned roll-out of walk-in testing in several parts of the region in recent weeks, and has been planned for the last fortnight by CKCH, the National Ambulance Service and Public Health experts.

Meanwhile, no-appointment testing is being extended at the West Cork (Dunmanway) test centre at Randal Og GAA club. Testing is available Mondays to Saturdays, from 9am to 5pm. This testing at the Dunmanway test centre will run until Tuesday May 4th and will be reviewed again at that point.

This no-appointment testing is available to anyone aged 16 and over and who does not have Covid-19 symptoms. Everyone attending for testing needs to bring a photo ID and a mobile phone number to receive their results.

Acting Director of Public Health (HSE South) Dr Anne Sheahan thanked those who have come forward for this kind of testing so far.

“By coming forward for testing when you don’t have symptoms, you are helping the entire community to keep Covid-19 under control. The level of Covid-19 infection in Cork remains low and walk-in testing like this is one of the ways we can make sure that continues. I encourage anyone in the region to take up this opportunity for testing as it will help us to contain the small number of cases of Covid-19 in the region.”

Head of Health and Wellbeing with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Priscilla Lynch said there has been a great reaction to the no-appointment testing initiative from the people of West Cork, and the addition of pop-up testing in East Cork is a welcome addition to the ongoing efforts to detect and contain cases of Covid-19.

“Thank you to everyone who has presented for a test so far. Taking up this opportunity for testing even when you don’t have symptoms will help us to go a step further again in containing any cases.”

Ms Lynch thanked the teams in Midleton and Dunmanway for their efforts, and also thanked the national ambulance service for their support in setting up the temporary testing location in Midleton.
Walk-in test centres of this kind have opened in a number of locations around the country in recent weeks. These no appointment necessary testing centres offer those with no symptoms of Covid-19 an opportunity to be tested, allowing for the raising of awareness.
The testing service for those with symptoms and those who are close contacts of confirmed cases of Covid-19, which are arranged via GPs will also continue to operate as usual at Cork’s existing test centre in Cork city and West Cork.
You should use this free, walk-in COVID-19 testing service if you:

-are aged 16 years and over
-do not have symptoms of Covid-19 but would like to be tested
-have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last six months
-Remember, it’s 1 test per person.
You must bring photo identification with you and provide us with a mobile telephone number so we can contact you with your results.
Social distancing measures will apply as people attend for testing. If the waiting times are too long for you, you are welcome to return at another time or day.

The Eircode for Midleton GAA club is P25 TD73.