Those waiting longest will get tests

The HSE pop-up centre in Killarney will facilitate Covid-19 tests

THE pop-up Covid-19 test centre, initially planned for Killarney this Tuesday, will now be operated on Wednesday instead.

The venue will be St Mary’s Parish Hall, off St Anne’s Road, and people who are waiting longest for tests will be offered appointments to attend.

Appointment must be scheduled and it is not a walk-in facility.

The HSE said the “extraordinary and unprecedented” demand for the testing service experienced over the past week or so far outstripped the capacity of the test centre in Tralee which is usually in a position to offer a swabbing service within 24 hours.

“With the huge efforts of staff and the deployment of antigen testing to those under 40 in certain circumstances, the waiting list is reducing significantly daily,” said HSE Chief Officer for Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare, Michael Fitzgerald

“We would hope to return to a more timely offer of service over the coming days . This pop-up centre will assist the local service in Kerry to do so,” he added.

The Killarney pop-up test service has been welcomed by Education Minister and Kerry TD, Norma Foley, and HSE South Forum member Killarney councillor Niall Kelleher who had both lobbied officials extensively on the matter.