Walk-in COVID test centre opening in Tuam next week

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A walk-in COVID-19 test centre will be open in Tuam for three days next week for anyone over 16 years old to come and get tested.

The test centre at the Irish Wheelchair Association premises on the Dublin Road in Tuam will run from Monday to Wednesday, April 26-28 next week.

The centre will be open for walk-in testing from 11am to 7pm each day.

This walk-in centre service is aimed at people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19, but would like to get tested, and have not tested positive in the past six months.

No GP referral is required for this centre, and the test is completely free of charge. People attending must be from within 30km (20 miles) of the centre.

The only requirements are that the people presenting must be over 16, have a photo ID, and provide a phone number so they can be contacted with their results.

This follows on from a similar walk-in centre which was open in Ballinasloe over Easter weekend following concern about the incidence rates in the area.

For people interested in coming to the Tuam test centre, people are asked not to attend the walk-in clinic if they have any symptoms of COVID such as high temperature, shortness of breath, a cough, or a loss/change in sense of smell.

If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, the HSE is continuing to advise people to stay home, self-isolate, and to contact their GP right away.