Covid Screening Suite

Covid testing with appointments available in as little as 24 hours.

Beacon Hospital’s state-of-the-art Covid Screening Suite is located on the ground floor of the former Beacon Hotel. Beacon Hospital uses only gold standard internationally recognised Covid-19 swab testing kits for all Covid tests completed in our premises.

Covid Screening Suite

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below some of the most commonly asked questions received in relation to Beacon Hospital's Covid Screening Suite.
  • I need to be screened before my surgery in Beacon Hospital, do I have to pay for this?

    Patients who are booked for surgery requiring use of a general anaesthetic will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test in the days before their planned surgery.

    Our scheduling department will phone you to arrange this test in the Covid Screening Suite.

    If you have private health insurance, the cost of this pre-admission Covid test will be paid by your insurance company and you will not make any payments at the Covid Testing Suite.

  • I need to be screened before my planned overnight admission to Beacon Hospital, do I have to pay for this?

    Patients who are booked for overnight admission to Beacon Hospital will be required to have a negative Covid-19 test in the days before their planned admission.

    Our scheduling department will phone you to arrange this test in the Covid Screening Suite.

    If you have private health insurance, the cost of this pre-admission Covid test will be paid by your insurance company and you will not make any payments at the Covid Testing Suite.

  • I want to get a test before/after travelling. Can I book in for this or do I need a referral?

    You can book in for a test by phoning the Covid Screening Suite at any time before or after travelling. No referral is required for this.

    Patients are reminded that a negative test post travel does not mean you have not been exposed and you could potentially still become infected due to the incubation period of the virus. 

    Patients should continue to follow Government and HSE guidelines in relation to isolation and travel guidelines irrespective of test results. The most up-to-date version of these guideline can be found on the Gov.ie website at any given time. Click Here to visit the latest travel guidelines from Gov.ie.

  • How much does the Covid test cost?

    The fee for a Covid-19 test in the Covid Screening Suite is €150. This fee is payable in full on the day.

  • I have had Covid before. Do I still need a test prior to my admission/surgery?

    Re-testing of patients previously positive with Covid-19 is not recommended within 6 months, unless a new onset of symptoms occurs.

  • I am nervous of getting the test. Is it painful?

    Please try not to be nervous about having your Covid swab test carried out. This test takes only a matter of seconds and is not painful.

    It may be a little uncomfortable but try to relax and it will be over in no time!

  • Can I do a home test I purchased online rather than attending for a test at the Covid Screening Suite?

    No. Home test results will not be accepted as valid results for patients prior to hospital admission or surgery.

    Beacon Hospital uses the highest standard of accredited testing products. We cannot accept results from tests which do not have all necessary accreditations, certifications and standards checks.

  • How long will my results take?

    Most results are back within 24 to 48 hours (weekdays only). During particularly busy times, results may take longer.

    If you need your result back for a particular date, please mention this at time of booking and our team will be able to advise you of the expected time frame for results.

  • I tested positive for Covid-19. What do I do next?

    Self-isolate. If you text positive for Covid-19 you should self isolate and put in place measures for delivery of essentials such as food and any medical products you may need. Ask a family member or friend to get these and drop them to your door. Alternatively, use a shopping delivery service. You should not attend the shops in person after testing positive for Covid.

    If you have a surgery or admission scheduled, this will have to be postponed until you are Covid negative again. Where this is the case, a member of Beacon Hospital’s scheduling team will be in touch to give you a new date for your surgery/admission.

Open Days

Please note the Covid Screening Suite is Closed on Wednesdays.
  • Monday
    8am to 5pm
    Tuesday
    8am to 5pm
    Thursday
    8am to 5pm
    Friday
    8am to 5pm