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Testing and results

Testing and Results

As part of your workup, the doctor will arrange for you to have a swab taken from your throat and nose to check for the presence of COVID-19 virus. You will receive a text message from the HSE confirming your result when it is available. Mercer’s should also receive a copy of this result. 

In the event of a positive test, you must undertake to cooperate fully with the medical advice given. Public Health will then need to trace and contact all your close contacts. For this reason you should make a list of your close contacts starting from 48 hours before your symptoms began.

While awaiting your result:

You should assume that the test might be positive until you receive a text message with the result. This means that you should isolate, and, if sharing accommodation, that your flatmates should be made aware of the situation. Here are two links to relevant information for those scenarios:

How the swab result will affect you:

Restrict your movements - see this link

Self-isolate - see this link

If your symptoms worsen, please contact Mercer’s on 01 4022300 or, if the Practice is closed, DubDoc Out of Hours service (01 4545607), so a doctor can further evaluate your status.

There are a few things you should note:

Mercer's Medical Centre is part of Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn