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Appointments Now Required For Covid Testing At Punchestown.

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The facility had been operating as a walk-in test centre.

From today, appointments are needed to secure Covid 19 testing at Punchestown.

The centre there had been operating as a walk-in facility for some months.

The HSE Kildare, South Dublin, Wicklow group has confirmed the status change, as of 8am this morning.

It also applies to the test centre at CityWest.

Appointments can be secured through the online self-referral portal, or through GPs.

The HSE says the suspension of walk-in Covid testing centres could last for the next two weeks.

It's aiming to reduce queues at sites after demand rose by more than a third in the last 48 hours.

Niamh O'Beirne, the HSE's national lead for testing and tracing, says people will need to book a test for the next while :

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