Additional “pop-up” walk-in Covid-19 testing will be available at Youghal GAA club from May 3rd (Bank Holiday Monday) for three days.

The pop-up test-site will offer testing without appointment from 11am to 7pm on Monday May 3rd; Tuesday May 4th and Wednesday May 5th.

This follows on from pop-up testing which began at 11am this morning (Friday) at Midleton GAA club. This walk-in testing at Midleton GAA club will continue on Saturday and Sunday.

Administration staff, from left: Ben Donnelly, Rosie Murphy and Michelle Gilbert. Pic: Brian Lougheed

The testing will be available from 11am to 7pm on all days in both Midleton and Youghal.

The testing is available to those aged 16 and over who do not have Covid-19 symptoms. Anyone presenting for the walk-in testing must have photo ID and provide a mobile phone number to get their test results.

We are very grateful to both Midleton GAA club and Youghal GAA club for their support in providing locations 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 by the Department of Public Health (HSE South); the National Ambulance Service and is supported by Cork Kerry Community Healthcare.

Testing without appointment is also currently available at the existing Covid-19 test centre at Randal Og GAA club. The testing is available Mondays to Saturdays, from 9am to 5pm, and will be reviewed again on Tuesday May 4th.

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 at two locations 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 national ambulance service for their work in setting up the temporary testing locations in Midleton and Youghal.

* NOTE – Marcella gave permission to be photographed and published. * Marcella O’Connell from Midleton. Pic: Brian Lougheed

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 centres 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.

The Eircode for Youghal GAA club is P36 TX68

Yvonne Cashman, Dep. Covid Lead, Cork and Kerry Community Health Care at the pop up centre. Pic: Brian Lougheed

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