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PRECISE Study- COVID Antibody test available for staff in St James’s Hospital and University Hospital Galway.

The HSE is offering staff at St James’s Hospital and University Hospital Galway an antibody test for COVID-19 as part of the Prevalence of COVID-19 Antibodies in Irish Healthcare Workers (PRECISE Study)

Published: 5 October 2020

The staff of St James’s Hospital and University Hospital Galway are being asked to take part in the Prevalence of COVID-19 Antibodies in Irish Healthcare Workers (PRECISE Study)looking at rates of COVID infections in healthcare workers.

The PRECISE study is being carried out to understand who is at risk in hospitals, and how many people have been infected.

The PRECISE study has been advocated for by the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET), Department of Health, and coordinated by the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. St James’s Hospital and University Hospital Galway have been selected as the testing sites.

This study is currently only open to staff fromSt James’s Hospital and University Hospital Galway.

How to participate in the PRECISE study

The study involves filling out a short questionnaire and taking a blood test. If you agree to take part in the study, we will ask you to click here to register your place, the link will bring you to an online consent form, answer a short questionnaire and book a blood test at a time that suits you.

Clinics will be taking place on St James’s Hospital campus and on University Hospital Galway’s campus from 14 to 23 October 2020.

Participation in the study is voluntary meaning that you only need to take part if you want to.

Results of the PRECISE study

Even though we can’t be sure of the meaning of the results for each person, the results will give us very useful information about the transmission of the virus in the hospital setting. Anonymised results (that is, without the possibility of identifying anyone) will be shared with the Department of Health COVID-19 team and HSE to help with making decisions about how to control the spread of the virus. A report with the overall results of the study will be made public on the HSE website once we have analysed all the information. Results will also be published in a scientific peer-reviewed journal. These results will not identify any individuals.

Please visit precise.castorconsent.comfor further information on:

  • how your data will be stored, used and your data rights
  • more information about the meaning of the results, inconclusive results, false positive and false negative results
  • how we will use and publish the anonymous results
  • what will happen to your blood sample

 For further information about the study you can contact:

St James’s Hospital: 087-3611790 from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday

University Hospital Galway: / 087-3232614 from 9 am–5 pm Monday to Friday