This is a self-referral process and you do not need to contact Mercer’s…unless you wish to speak to a clinician for medical advice. Please follow these instructions.
If you develop any symptoms that might be due to Covid (fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, etc), then:
- You MUST stay at home and self-isolate (apart from travelling to get your Covid test). Do not come onto Campus or onto a Hospital location.
- If you test positive on an antigen test, you do not have to have a confirmatory PCR test; however, you will need a PCR result in order to obtain a digital Covid certificate, for which a positive antigen will not be sufficient.
- If you are symptomatic but with a negative antigen, you must have a PCR test via the HSE.
- You can self-refer for an HSE PCR test via this link.
- You must report your positive antigen test to the HSE here.
- If either your antigen or PCR test is positive, you must self-isolate for seven (7) days from the start date of your symptoms, even if you are fully vaccinated, and use extra precautions for three (3) days after this period.
- If either your antigen or PCR test is positive, you must inform your programme coordinator and follow the RCSI attendance regulations..
- If either test is positive it is your responsibility to immediately notify any RCSI student or staff member who is your close contact, especially any students with whom you live, of your positive test immediately, and they should be directed to this information. For close contact definitions see here.
- If your PCR test is negative, you must isolate until 48 hours after your symptoms have resolved and you can then resume normal College activities.
- If your PCR test is negative, but your symptoms persist for longer than 48 hours, then you should isolate until you are fever free for 5 days. If your symptoms are persisting for a week, you should contact Mercer’s Medical Centre who can assess and organise re-testing if needed.
- If you are an asymptomatic close contact see this page.
- If you are in any way concerned about your symptoms and overall health, please do not hesitate to contact Mercer’s Medical Centre, either by using this form, on 014022300, or call the Out of Hours service on 014545607.