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Testing for healthcare workers

Healthcare workers (HCWs) who develop respiratory symptoms must self-isolate immediately

Suspect case testing criteria

You will be referred for testing if you meet one of the following criteria:

A Healthcare Worker (HCW) with acute respiratory infection (sudden onset of at least one of the following: cough, fever, shortness of breath)


A HCW with sudden onset of anosmia (loss of sense of smell), ageusia (loss of sense of taste) or dysgeusia (distortion of sense of taste) with no known medical reason for these symptoms


A HCW with any acute respiratory illness who has also been in contact with a confirmed or probable COVID-19 case in the last 14 days prior to symptom onset.

If you are a close contact of a known case of COVID-19 follow public health advice that matches your situation

Pathway for testing

Healthcare workers with symptoms should do a PCR test.

The public testing guidance where people aged 4-39 with symptoms are advised to do an antigen in the first place does not apply to healthcare workers.

You can book a PCR test online or be referred for testing by your GP. COVID-19 Assessment, Testing Pathway and Return to Work of Symptomatic Healthcare Workers

Book a PCR test online

Find GP contact details

Find GP out-of-hours contact details

If you have no known workplace contact with COVID-19 case or you are returning to Ireland from international travel please follow government advice.

If you are a HCW with symptoms but you are not sent for testing as you do not meet the criteria you must self-isolate until you are 48 hours symptom-free. You may then return to work with the approval of your line manager.

Test results

Find the latest information on COVID-19 PCR test results.

If your child has symptoms of coronavirus

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Page last reviewed: 10/01/2022
Next review due: 10/01/2025