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COVID-19: This is what happens at the Waterford coronavirus testing centre

Dylan White

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COVID-19: This is what happens at the Waterford coronavirus testing centre

Testing for Covid-19 is under way across the South East

Drive through testing centres for the Covid-19 coronavirus are in operation in Waterford, with plans in place for centres in Dungarvan and a second in the city. 

The testing service is being provided on an appointment only basis and only those who are displaying symptoms and have been referred to the drive through by their GP will be seen.  

Where a test is being requested, the patient should be self isolating at home until they are called for their test.

At no stage will visitors to the centres leave their car. Once checked in at the entrance, visitors will be provided with a face mask, tissues and disposable bag and directed to a test bay attended by healthcare workers wearing personal protection equipment (PPE).

At this point, visitors will be asked to blow their nose and dispose of the tissue in the bag provided. A throat and nose swab will then be taken and the visitor will leave the facility, return to their self-isolation and results will be made available subsequently.

South East Community Healthcare (SECH) has appealed for the privacy of those staffing and visiting the five centres to be respected.