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Why is there no PCR tests available?

  • 29-12-2021 9:32am
    Registered Users Posts: 342 ✭✭ stezie

    Why is there no appointments available on the HSE website anywhere in the country?

    I have selected every county and not one appointment is available

    I recognize they are busy... But surely they should of seem this coming for them to expand services to cope with demand.

    What else are they not managing right..



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,761 ✭✭✭ Van.Bosch

    They book up after midnight because half the country has symptoms

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,228 ✭✭✭ horse7

    Expect more smoke screens from Paul Reed & co.

  • Registered Users Posts: 188 ✭✭ weetiepie


  • Registered Users Posts: 73,798 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    Assume you have it, test with shop purchased antigen tests, isolate for required time, case closed. Plus side no official record of you ever having the virus kept.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,815 ✭✭✭✭ Danzy

    There isn't the capacity available lab wise.

    There couldn't be either

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,411 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers

    Our testing calacity has doubled since the pandemic started.

    It was initially at a terribly pitiful level, and not its just at a pitiful level.

    Tests are limited to 30k per day.

    With 10k positive tests a day it means those people will have An average of at least 3 close contacts so thats an entire days teating wiled out.

    If i had symptoms i wouldn't even bother trying

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,900 ✭✭✭ Sarn

    Contact your GP for a referral. One of the testing centres near us never appear to release any appointments (always 0 at midnight), but can be got through the GP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,141 ✭✭✭✭ is_that_so

    We can now do 250,000 a week and Reid talked about ramping up to 300,000+. Ultimately we can't just keep expanding the system.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 26,203 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

    ...cause such resources required for an all of a sudden surge simply dont exist in the country.....

  • Registered Users Posts: 819 ✭✭✭ EDit

    OP, check the website again after midnight. My wife tried to book one during the day yesterday and the site implied that there were no free slots anywhere in the country for several days. A friend who works for the HSE then suggested trying again after midnight and, lo behold, there was a choice of pretty much any time tomorrow (Thursday) at the testing centre nearest us.

    Seems they are taking bookings for the next 24-48 hours, but reserving the rest until time ticks over into the next day (aka midnight)

    Good luck

  • Registered Users Posts: 518 ✭✭✭ corkonion

    I know many people with symptoms that were unable to get a pcr test, which really makes our daily reported new infection numbers totally irrelevant, between people that don't bother getting tested, can't get an appointment, asymptomatic cases, etc, you could double or triple the daily cases and still be nowhere near the real number.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,391 ✭✭✭ lulublue22

    Daughter has symptoms and had a positive antigen test yesterday - tried all day yesterday to get a pcr , tried again after 12 last night - one testing centre out of 4 had appointments over 700 of them - could not book one of them for love nor money . Hubby tried again at 6 am no joy. Rang gp busy tone from 9 am to 10.30 eventually got tru to receptionist - will have a phone consult this evening. Hopefully he will be able to book one for us. I’m taking it she is positive but want a definitive diagnosis in case - she has issues down the line ( she is asthmatic ) , we will get her the booster once it is available for her age group so need to know and we need proof for work in terms of self isolating. Lots of reasons people may want / need a pcr test. It’s a total head wreck at this stage.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,503 ✭✭✭ spaceHopper

    Everybody has been doing antigen tests over Christmas and it's caught a load of cases, so they are all trying to book PCR tests, if you are in the same boat book a PCR test because at least you will have a certificate of recovery to back it up in case you need it. If you have it now and want to travel and need a PCR test in two month you could test positive. So get a test now and have a certificate of recovery in stead of PCR test for flights.

    This site will show you were there are tests but it not 100 accurate, often the HSE site says 0 app...

    Go on after midnight and see if can book a test, took me till 2 in the morning to book 3 as the site kept crashing.

    They need to redesign the site, take the persons details first allow family booking and then find appointments. Try to book a drive in test too so that you aren't going in to building with sick people on the off chance you don't have it.

  • Registered Users Posts: 64 ✭✭ Pawinho

    Looks like there will be some changes about PCR test.

     "CDC encourages laboratories to consider adoption of a multiplexed method that can facilitate detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses. Such assays can facilitate continued testing for both influenza and SARS-CoV-2 and can save both time and resources as we head into influenza season."

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,391 ✭✭✭ lulublue22

    Post edited by lulublue22 on

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,419 ✭✭✭ Wildly Boaring

    We looked every 20 or 30 mins yesterday for the 2 kids.

    Went on at midnight.

    Plenty tests but no chance of booking one.

    They released more at 12:30.

    We got one each for the 2 kids in different centres.

    Then at 1 they put another few up and we got sorted properly.

    Pain in the hole.

    Know 3 people with positive antigens. None got a test last night.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,411 ✭✭✭ lawrencesummers

    Where did we “take” it from in the first place to start testing?

    The testing system, if it cant cope with anything near the demands being placed on it at peak times makes it essentially redundant, this isnt the first wave where the testing system has been miles away from demand either.

    Where is the money coming from to roll out vaccinations? Where is the money coming from to subside pubs and restaurants, where is the PuP money coming from?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,394 ✭✭✭✭ fits

    Ok so where will you get the people to staff it? They were taken from other essential services in earlier waves resulting in enormous treatment backlogs now. Would you redeploy spoech and language therapists again so we can count a few more people with cold symptoms?

    I just think we need to reevaluate priorities regularly.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,962 ✭✭✭ Cluedo Monopoly

    My brother has been trying to get one since Dec 23rd. He is about to give up.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,837 ✭✭✭✭ Gael23

    Every second person has it thats why

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,761 ✭✭✭ Van.Bosch

    Ring back and ask, they may think you want a routine consultation too. Tell them it’s just covid referral. The gov pays them.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,281 ✭✭✭ Stevek101


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  • Registered Users Posts: 73,798 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    He would be clear in a couple of days whether he had it, I don't see the point at this stage.