The HSE has been urged to upscale covid testing capability attributable to growing calls for and delays in accessing the service.
s of 1.30 pm right this moment, there have been no appointments accessible to guide at any time in Carlow, Cork, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.
The HSE message advises, “If there are not any appointments at present accessible, examine again later. Appointments might turn out to be accessible later within the day.”
There isn’t a choice to guide a self-referral appointment in these counties at any time right this moment or tomorrow.
The one counties the place you might get a check right this moment was Donegal and Kerry.
Of the remaining counties, the one ones you might get an appointment inside 24 hours have been Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Monaghan, Roscommon, and Sligo.
GP’s can nonetheless refer these with signs for a check however are witnessing delays.
Monaghan based mostly GP Dr Ilona Duffy stated walk-in check centres in areas with excessive ranges of Covid-19 have to be opened up and urged the HSE to upscale their testing capability.
“Delays in accessing PCR exams is creating enormous frustration for folks with signs, who’re then counting on antigen exams, which aren’t at all times correct.
“I’ve made a few referrals, and normally, by the point a affected person is off the telephone from me, they’d have a textual content with a time for his or her check.
“I’m seeing for much longer response occasions.
“It’s about capability for the HSE, however you must marvel how they didn’t see this coming and upscale.
“They’re going to herald non-public corporations, but it surely hasn’t occurred but.
“The time will come when individuals who really feel they’ll’t get an appointment in a well timed method simply gained’t hassle.”
The scenario comes because the 14-day incidence of Covid-19 in Eire is now over 1,266 instances for each 100,000 folks.
The counties with the very best incidence are Westmeath, with 1,792 instances for each 100,000 folks; Louth has 1,757 instances per 100,000 folks, and Carlow has 1,709 instances per 100,000 folks.
The newest information is from the Well being Safety Surveillance Centre reveals that general, the common age of instances is round 33.
Of the 60,309 instances reported over the 14 days, the supply of transmission remains to be below investigation in 40,362 or nearly 67 per cent of instances.
Go to our Covid-19 vaccine dashboard for updates on the roll out of the vaccination program and the speed of Coronavirus instances Eire