Walk-in Testing at the Tralee Covid-19 Test Centre Extended to May 4th

Walk-in Covid testing, available at Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee from 9.30am to midday and 2pm to 5pm over the coming days and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, is being extended until Tuesday May 4th and will be reviewed again at that point.

The testing is available to anyone aged 16 and over who does not have Covid-19 symptoms and who has a photo ID and a mobile phone number to receive their results.

Helping Your Community

Acting Director of Public Health Dr. Anne Sheahan thanked those who have come forward for 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,” said Dr. Lynch.

“The level of Covid-19 infection in the Tralee area 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.”

Great Local Reaction

Head of Health and Wellbeing with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare Priscilla Lynch said there has been a great reaction to the initiative from the people of Tralee.

“The team at the test centre at Ballymullen Barracks in Tralee are very welcoming and will continue to make sure that everyone who presents for testing receives their test in a safe and efficient way. 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.”

No Appointment Necessary

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 the Tralee test centre.

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 one test per person.

Photo Identification Needed

You must bring photo identification with you and provide us with a mobile telephone number so we can contact you with your results.

You can avail of a free Covid-19 test without having an appointment in advance between 9.30am to midday; and 2pm to 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday.

This testing began on April 21st and has now been extended until Tuesday, May 4th.

Social distancing measures will apply to people attend for testing. If the waiting times are too long for you, you are welcome to return at another time or day.

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