Updated: 7th January 2021 – This article was updated to note the change of location of the pop-up clinic. Testing has moved to the car park of the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny.
A private Covid-19 testing company has opened a new facility in Letterkenny this week.
The drive-through testing centre, launched by MedChecks.ie, is located in the car park of the Clanree Hotel.
The pop-up clinic offers rapid COVID-19 RT-PCR, rapid antigen and rapid antibody testing. Results can be obtained on the same-day (antigen and antibody tests) or within 24 hours from testing (PCR test).
Referral is not required and testing can be booked online at MedChecks.ie.
Company founder Dr John Doherty is a Consultant Anesthetist at Altnagelvin Hospital who has established clinics in Donegal and Derry in response to demand for rapid turnaround testing. MedChecks also provides Fitness to Fly and Test to Release certification.
Dr Doherty said: “After Christmas, many people will be wanting that peace of mind. It’s sometimes difficult to get access to the HSE tests, the capacity is not there, but we’re willing to work in association with the HSE to address those issues.
“By offering more testing capacity throughout Northern Ireland and Donegal, we hope to inform the public more about whether they have or have had the virus, developed an immune response and, ultimately, help the country get back to normal.”
MedChecks testing will be led by senior qualified medical personnel and nursing staff. PCR testing services are being delivered through Randox Laboratories in Co. Antrim, while the Rapid Antigen test is CE-approved, with high specificity and high sensitivity.
The centre is set to open seven days per week. Details on pricing, booking and opening hours are available at www.medchecks.ie