COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Testing

We are able to perform two types of Coronavirus tests:

  • PCR nose/throat swab test (for all ages), intended to show that there is no evidence you are currently carrying Covid-19 virus. If you're coming into Ireland from overseas, we ask that you ensure you are compliant with current Irish Government advice on restriction of your movements, if this advice applies to you.
  • Blood test (for those aged 12 years and over), to screen for IgG (not IgM) antibodies that will indicate if your immune system has encountered Covid-19 in the past few months

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?
  • At all times that our clinic is open
  • At all times that our clinic is open
How soon are results available?
  • Within 24 – 30 hours; see our Terms & Conditions.
  • 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).
  • 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.
How much does the test cost?
  • €149
  • €135
Who is this test for?
  • For travel from Ireland: those who are well, who have to travel abroad and require official certification, by PCR testing, that they are Covid-free
  • After arrival to Ireland from E.U. 'red zone' countries and from non-E.U. countries (from 30th November): if you have been in the country at least five days and want to be able to stop restricting your movements
  • For work: those who are well and require certification for work, by PCR testing, that they are Covid-free
  • 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 10 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 should first read and follow this Irish Government advice in order to find out if you should be restricting your movements (and therefore not coming to see us). We can see anyone who is exempted from restricting their movements (exempted categories are listed here. We can also see those who have recently arrived into Ireland but who need to leave Ireland imminently and in order to do so, are obliged to have a negative PCR test done prior to being allowed to board their flight out of Ireland.
  • If your GP has already referred you to the HSE for testing and you have not yet been tested by the HSE
  • 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 10 days? You must not come to our clinic. You must follow this Government advice
  • 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 this Government advice 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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