Wait time for swab tests is under 24 hours

Dr Patrick Quinn, Principal Dental Surgeon with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare who helped to set up the Tralee test centre, with Joseph Nestor of the Kerry Education and Training Board

A FORMER army barracks in Tralee is now being used as a test centre for potential Covid-19 patients and the current waiting time for to have a swab taken is under 24 hours.

The Kerry College of Beauty in Monavalley had been used as a test centre for the virus since March but, for operational reasons, it has now been relocated to Ballymullen Barracks.

Staff assigned to the test centre are testing members of the public who have been referred by their GP and have supported mass testing of residents and staff from residential care facilities across Kerry.

The current waiting time for to have a swab taken is under 24 hours

Head of Primary Care with Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, Teresa O’Donovan, paid tribute to the staff working at all four test centres in Kerry and Cork.

“In Tralee, staff got this test centre up and running extremely efficiently very quickly, which enabled us to meet the demand for testing appointments,” she said.

More than 70 staff in both counties were redeployed to Covid-19 test centres in recent months, including nurses, therapy staff from a range of professions, oral health staff and administrative personnel.

“We appreciate the efforts of the hard-working staff at all test centres and we wish to thank them for their efforts. They worked tirelessly to set up an extremely efficient testing process and they also supported the universal screening for residents in residential centres,” Ms O’Donovan said.

Anyone referred for a test is reminded that while they are waiting for either the test itself or the result, they must self-isolate.

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