New Guidelines have been Issued by the Department of Health and HSE in relation to Covid 19 testing. Only at risk patients and patients with a fever (over 38 Degrees) and a cough/shortness of breath/respiratory distress will now be tested.
If you are currently awaiting your Covid 19 test, having been referred by your GP, you will not be tested unless your GP refers you again as an at-risk patient (as determined by your GP) or you have the above symptoms as per the World Health Organisation case definition.
Anybody who does not meet this World Health Organisation Case Definition but is still displaying symptoms is advised to stay at home and self isolate for 14 days from the start of their symptoms, the last 5 of which they must have no fever.
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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
- We will contact you and review your symptoms with you either by phone or video consultation as needed.
- If necessary, we will submit a request referral to the National Testing Service and you will be contacted with an appointment time
- If you need to contact us for assistance while you await the test, please phone or email us and we will respond as quickly as possible. Do not enter the practice, for the sake of your community and the staff of the practice.
- Until your test shows that you are not carrying the Covid-19 virus, it is vital that you self-isolate at home - general information and advice on how to self isolate is available on our website and on the HSE website https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html
- If your test is positive: please self isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the onset of symptoms, the last 5 days of which should be without fever.
- If your test shows this virus is not detected: please self isolate until 48 hours after resolution of symptoms.