Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has said there is some confusion around the county about how to get a Covid-19 test in Kildare.
“People have been looking for clarification about the Covid testing process in Kildare so I just wanted to make clear what you should do if you or a loved one feels they have symptoms of the virus,” she said.
“If you develop symptoms, self-isolate straight away to stop the spread. Then phone your GP to see if you need a test. If you don’t have a GP, any GP can arrange a test for you. You can find a GP on the HSE website on www2.hse.ie by entering your county and your town.
“Your test and GP assessment will be free of charge, this includes GP out of hours services. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You will get a text message with the time and location of your test. The text will include a reference number which you should bring to your appointment.
“Phone your GP if you feel worse while waiting for your appointment. If you have difficulty breathing, you can call 112 or 999 and tell them about your symptoms.”
Senator O’Loughlin noted that the pop-up testing facility in Newbridge at Keadeen Hotel is being operated by the National Ambulance Service and has the capacity to carry out 500 tests per day.
“Results are usually available within 24 hours,” she said. “For further support, the Kildare Covid-19 Community Call helpline is 045 980 202 or 1800 300 174 or text Kildare followed by your name to 50555. This helpline is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and people have found the advice given by the staff there to be really helpful.”