A symptom free COVID-19 Testing facility will operate in Ballina for two day this week.

It will be held at the Stephenites GAA Grounds in the town on Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

All requests for COVID-19 tests will be by appointment only via the self-referral online portal or via a GP referral.

You must bring a photo ID with you and provide a mobile phone number to be contacted with your test results.

The HSE is continuing with its programme of COVID-19 test centres which enable people in those communities local to the centre get a free COVID-19 test.

These test centres are an important part of the HSE’s efforts to facilitate enhanced COVID-19 testing for local communities and means that those without symptoms of COVID-19 have convenient access to COVID-19 testing.

They also allow further identification and understanding of any variants of concern within communities.

The HSE continues to monitor the need for asymptomatic pop-up testing centres and HSE Public Health teams across the country continue to advise on the most appropriate locations at any given time.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health West said: “With increased COVID activity levels in North Mayo, getting tested is another action people can take to reduce the spread of this disease.  We would urge people living near this pop-up test centre and who are concerned about COVID-19 to book a free test.”

“There are a lot of flus and colds circulating so if you are symptomatic at all, it is important to exclude COVID even if you are vaccinated.  We are seeing break-through infection in vaccinated individuals so you are protected against severe illness and hospitalisation but it is very important that it is identified as a COVID infection if it is a COVID infection so that you can prevent further transmission within your household, within your loved ones and within your workplace.”

Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare West added: “I would like to thank everybody who has assisted us in getting the testing centre up and running.  It is still important to wear a mask, wash your hands and if you are indoors to ventilate the space well.  Let us all work together and continue to break the chain of transmission of the disease.”