Testing for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
You can arrange a free COVID-19 PCR test yourself directly at Get-Self-Tested
If are unsure whether or not you need a test then please fill in our COVID-19 screening questionnaire by clicking on the link below. A doctor or nurse will contact you to arrange testing - if appropriate
COVID-19 is usually a mild illness but can be very serious so there is a low threshold for testing. Please contact us even if your symptoms are mild.
COVID-19 Antigen test - These home tests are quick and are useful when screening workforces, schools or contacts with COVID-19. But they are not accurate enough in people with symptoms. If you have symptoms of possible COVID-19 then a PCR test not an antigen test is needed.
If you are having severe problems with breathing difficulties then please either contact the surgery directly at 045 856599 or if needed then call the Ambulance at 112 or 999
As you will have heard in the news there is a national programme for the rollout of the Booster COVID-19 vaccine for all those aged over 16 years. This will be given in Vaccine Centres ( locally Punchestown ), GP clinics and pharmacies.
Ballycane Surgery has been giving COVID vaccine and will continue to do so. Unfortunately we are not getting our next vaccine delivery until January. We will post clinic dates here.
You do not need to contact reception to get your vaccine.
We will be inviting people to attend by SMS text message.
This booster programme will be for those who are 16 or over and
- 3 months since last vaccine
- 6 months since having had COVID-19 illness and fully vaccinated
- 1 months since having had COVID-19 and partially vaccinated
We are receiving the Pfizer BioNTech version of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The brand name for this vaccine is "Comirnaty". It is given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm.
For good quality easily understood information about the vaccine please visit:
Even more detailed information about this vaccine is available at the following sites;