A pop-up COVID-19 Test Centre will open for two days in Ballina from Monday.

It’ll open in The Stephenites GAA Grounds in the town on Monday and Tuesday from 11am to 5pm.

These centres form part of the HSE’s efforts to facilitate enhanced COVID-19 testing for local communities and gives people without symptoms of the virus convenient access to testing.

They also allow further identification of any variants of concern within communities.

The HSE continues to monitor the need for asymptomatic pop-up testing centres and HSE Public Health teams across the country continue to advise on the most appropriate locations at any given time.

All requests for COVID-19 tests will be by appointment only via the self-referral online portal, GP referrals and appointments for close contacts (including schools).

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health West said: “With increased COVID activity levels in North Mayo, getting tested is another action people can take to reduce the spread of this disease.  We would urge people living near this pop-up test centre and who are concerned about COVID-19 to book a free test.”

Breda Crehan-Roche, Chief Officer, Community Healthcare West added: “I would like to thank everybody who has assisted us in getting the testing centre up and running.  I wish to express my gratitude to all of you who availed of a free COVID test in Stephenites on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  Let us all work together and continue to break the chain of transmission of the disease.”