COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Testing

We are able to perform two types of Coronavirus tests:

  • Blood test (for those aged 12 years and over), to screen for antibodies that will indicate if your immune system has encountered Covid-19 in the past few months
  • PCR nose/throat swab test (for all ages), intended to show that there is no evidence you are currently carrying Covid-19 virus, but if you're coming into Ireland from overseas, we can do this test ONLY if you're coming from a country on the Irish government's 'Green List'

The table below outlines the differences between the two tests and who they are suitable for. To schedule an appointment for one of the Covid-19 tests, please click here to book online.

  Am I free of Covid-19 currently? Have I had Covid-19 in the past?
Alternative names by which this test is known:
  • 'Swab' test
  • 'P.C.R.' test
  • 'R.T. – P.C.R.' test
  • 'Viral R.N.A. test'
  • Antibody testing
  • 'Serology' or 'Serologic' testing
  • 'IgG' test
What is the test?
  • A cotton bud swab taken by us from your throat and upper nose, intended to show that there is no evidence you are currently carrying Covid-19 virus in your nose/throat, unknown to yourself
  • A blood sample, taken by us from your arm, to see if you have had Covid-19 in the past, any time up to as recently as two weeks ago
When can I be seen for this test?
  • Mon, Tues, Weds: during all times that our clinic is open
  • Thurs: up to 1.30pm
  • Fri (premium service; see price comment below)
  • Sat morning (premium service; see price comment below)
  • Monday – Saturday, during all times that our clinic is open
How soon are results available?
  • Within 36 hours
  • We will e-mail the following to you in pdf form: test result in its original form, signed and stamped, plus accompanying doctor letter/certificate on headed notepaper, certifying the test result (the letter will show both the date & time the swab was taken and also the date & time that the swab was reported on by the lab).
  • Results e-mailed 7 days a week from 09:00 – 21:30hrs
  • 2 days usually, sometimes up to 4 days.
  • We will e-mail the following to you in pdf form: test result in its original form, signed and stamped plus, in the case of positive test results, a 'doctor letter' in pdf form to certify you have had and recovered from a Covid-19 infection at some point in the past.
  • Results e-mailed 7 days a week from 09:00 – 21:30hrs
How much does the test cost?
  • For swabs done on Monday – Thursday inclusive: €150
  • Fridays & Saturdays: to achieve a reliably fast test result (within 36 hours), we have to utilise a significantly more expensive testing pathway (the only alternative testing pathways, in our experience, can take up to 76 hours). Price on application.
  • €90
Who is this test for?
  • Those who are well, who have to travel abroad and require official certification immediately pre-travel, that Covid-19 virus is not detected from a swab that has been taken from their throat and nose. The traveller will present this certification on arrival overseas at their destination airport
  • Those who are well and who require certification for work that Covid-19 virus is not detected from a swab that has been taken from their throat and nose.
  • Those who suspect they might have had Covid-19 at some point in the past few months, up to two weeks ago and want to find out now
Who are we not able to do this test on?
  • Do you think you might have Covid-19 infection currently? You must not come to our clinic. You must follow these HSE instructions
  • Have you had or might you have had Covid-19 infection in the past 14 days? You must not come to our clinic. You must follow these HSE instructions
  • If you want to get screened as a precautionary measure because you have been in contact in the past 14 days with somebody who has been diagnosed as having Covid-19. You must follow this HSE advice
  • If you have returned from overseas to Ireland in the past 14 days, you must first read and abide by these HSE instructions in order to find out if you should be self-isolating or in precautionary quarantine.
  • Those under 12 years of age
  • Do you think you might have Covid-19 infection currently? You must not come to our clinic. You must follow these HSE instructions
  • Have you had or might you have had Covid-19 infection in the past 14 days? You must not come to our clinic. You must follow these HSE instructions
  • If you want to get screened as a precautionary measure because you have been in contact in the past 14 days with somebody who has been diagnosed as having Covid-19. You must follow this HSE advice
  • If you have returned from overseas to Ireland in the past 14 days, you must first read and abide by these HSE instructions in order to find out if you should be self-isolating or in precautionary quarantine.
Further Information and Terms & Conditions: Covid-19 PCR Swab Test Covid-19 Blood Test

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