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HSE urged to open walk-in PCR test centres following increase in demand

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been urged by GPs to open walk-in PCR test centres, following an increased demand for the service.

As of 11am, there were no PCR tests available for today through the HSE’s self-referral portal in 13 counties which included Dublin, Cork and Waterford.


GP Dr. Ilona Duffy said walk-in test centres in areas where there are high levels of Covid-19 must be opened up.

She stated that the difficulty in accessing PCR tests is creating huge frustration for people who are symptomatic and relying on antigen tests that are not consistently accurate.

The Monaghan-based GP said that it’s going to be very difficult to keep people on board with the message that those who present symptoms of Covid-19 should stay at home if PCR tests are delayed.


Based in Dublin, Dr. Knut Moe stated that the HSE should look at ways at meeting capacity while the system is coping.

IMAGE – Twitter/paulreiddublin


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