HSE Press Release on Free ‘walk-in and online self-referral’ pop-up COVID-19 test centre in Drogheda

HSE Press Release on Free ‘walk-in and online self-referral’ pop-up COVID-19 test centre in Drogheda


22nd July 2021: The HSE are opening a free ‘walk-in and online self-referral’ COVID-19 testing site at Marley's Lane Carpark, Marley's Lane, Rathmullan, Drogheda, Co. Louth, A92 T274 which will operate for 2 days in response to a significant rise in cases in Louth. 

On Friday and Saturday, people will have the option to book an appointment online up to the end of the next day for a free COVID-19 test, or attend the pop-up test centre in Drogheda without an appointment and wait for a COVID-19 test. 

The addition of the online booking facility for the pop-up COVID-19 test centre in Drogheda will help make testing more available. It helps manage the numbers of people attending for a test at any time and minimises the length of time people may have to wait for their test. People can book a free COVID-19 test on the HSE online self-referral portal: https://covid19test.healthservice.ie/hse-self-referral/

The free pop-up COVID-19 test centre will open on Friday, July 23rd and Saturday, July 24th.

 Opening hours are:

Friday, July 23rd                 9am - 6pm (walk-in and online self-referral)

Saturday , July 24th           9am - 6pm (walk-in and online self-referral)

The temporary pop-up COVID-19 test centre is an operation led by HSE Public Health Department North East, Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation and the National Ambulance Service to identify cases of COVID-19 and reduce further transmission in the community.

The free ‘walk-in and online self-referral’ COVID-19 test centre in Drogheda is open to members of the public of any age. The centre is being set up due to a rapid rise in the number of cases in the younger population, predominantly in densely populated areas of Louth. This includes a number of small clusters of cases with indoor and outdoor social gatherings, house parties and family celebrations being the main contributor. Members of the public will need to bring a photo ID and provide a mobile phone number in order to provide test results.

Dr Augustine Pereira, Director of Public Health North East, said: “The Department of Public Health North East has seen a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Louth in recent days and weeks. Nearly 50% of cases in Louth last week were in the 15-24 age group.

“All of our collective hard work has contributed to the success of our vaccination programme and the progress we have made so far with reopening our economy and society.”

Dr Pereira added: “Please help us prevent the situation getting worse by following all public health advice now, in particular to avoid crowds, limit contacts, avoid meeting up indoors, wear a mask, wash hands frequently and work from home where possible. Above all, do not organise a house party.”

“If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, please isolate and seek a free PCR test as soon as possible. Common COVID-19 symptoms of the Delta variant that is the circulating strain now also include a sore throat, runny nose or headaches. It is important at this point, for people with mild symptoms to also seek a free test.”

“If you are not yet fully vaccinated and a close contact of a person that has tested positive for COVID-19, you also need to isolate and get a free PCR test.”

Des O’Flynn, Chief Officer at Midlands Louth Meath Community Healthcare Organisation said: " Test centres are an important part of the HSE's response to COVID-19 and I would urge people in the Drogheda area to avail of  a test which is quick and convenient. Availing of COVID-19 testing, even when you don't have symptoms, helps us to stop the further spread of COVID-19 and protects our communities. Testing at the pop-up centre at Marley's Lane Carpark, Marley's Lane, Rathmullan, Drogheda is safe, fast and accessible and, more importantly, you can protect those around you by taking the necessary public health measures if you receive a positive COVID-19 test result.”

Up to date information on the location and opening days and times of COVID-19 walk-in test centres is available at COVID-19 walk-in test centres: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/testing/covid-19-walk-in-test-centres.html