Donegal Cleary COVID-19 Testing Centre to close

The COVID-19 Testing Centre located at the Cleary Centre in Donegal town is to cease testing from June 17th.

The centre opened on September 27th 2020 and since then has carried out an estimated 33,701 swabs.

As COVID-19 moves from pandemic to endemic status this means a transition of the associated healthcare services from the current model to new operating models.

The Community Testing Service nationally is set to reduce in a gradual and controlled manner.

This requires a transition from the as-is test centre infrastructure to a more ‘fit for purpose’ model in line with continued and observed reduction in demand.

As part of this transition each area will continue to maintain one overall testing footprint per county that will continue to deliver testing as required.

PCR testing will continue to be available via self-referral or GP referral for those who require it based on public health advice.

COVID-19 Testing for Donegal will be delivered solely from the current Covid-19 Test Centre at St Conal’s, Letterkenny from Friday 17th June.

It’s expected that all testing centres will close later this year, once the public health advice changes for population testing.

PCR testing will remain available for those who need it to access therapeutic treatments, or as part of their clinical treatment

For now, the St Conal’s centre will continue to offer appointments seven days a week. Appointments will be available via the self-referral portal on or GP referral for those who require it based on public health advice.

Staff at the Cleary Centre have been invited to apply for other suitable positions within Community Healthcare Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Sligo eg Health Care Support Assistants, clerical officers and Healthcare Assistants in our community hospitals.