Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Over 70,000 tests have been carried out at Carlow’s main testing facilities since the pandemic began.

The news comes in light as the HSE in the south east thanked the public for its ongoing co-operation with 22,555 people at facilities across the region have been tested so far in the first nine days of this year.

526,020 have been processed for PCR tests by the HSE across counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford since the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

In Carlow, 3113 Covid-19 tests have been carried out so far in 2022.

In parallel to community testing, the HSE also undertakes testing in other locations like hospitals and nursing homes.

The chief officer of South East Community Healthcare (SECH) Kate Killeen White has also paid tribute to the HSE’s testing staff at the Carlow, Clonmel, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford Covid-19 testing centres for their extraordinary commitment in the face of challenges presented in recent weeks due to dramatic increases in spread of the Omicron variant. All five testing centres remained open on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The Chief Officer has also assured the public that enormous work is under way to ensure those awaiting appointments receive one:

“As is the case throughout the country, all five testing centres in the South East remain very busy. Online self-referrals (and those from GPs) remain open for appointments at the Carlow (St. Dympna’s Hospital), Clonmel (Moyle Rovers GAA Centre), Kilkenny (Hebron Industrial Estate), Waterford (Kilcohan) and Wexford (Whitemills Industrial Park) from 8.30am to 7pm on all seven days of the week.”

“We would like to thank the public for their adherence to public health guidelines and their patience of late in awaiting appointments. We would also like to thank GPs and their practice staff, as SECH’s partners in primary care provision throughout counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, for their ongoing co-operation as regards referrals.”

“In respect of specific initiatives to ensure receipt of appointments, SECH is grateful to our colleagues in the National Ambulance Service (NAS) for provision of ‘pop-up’ support testing facilities in Carlow and more recently in Ferns, Co. Wexford.

“ Our staff across HSE services in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford are appreciative of the ongoing support of the communities we serve, as we try to ensure the maintenance of essential community healthcare services and that we get through these challenging times as safely as we all can do.”

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