General practice has continued to operate during the Covid-19 public health emergency and GPs are still seeing patients where necessary, albeit with infection-control measures in place. However, the exceptional circumstances faced by medical practitioners during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a change in how GP services are delivered.
The CervicalCheck programme are continuing to operate their services during the current level 5 restrictions, however they may have reduced capacity in the short-term. The National Screening Service (NSS) are notifying women that they do not need to book with their own GP and that a list of registered screeners and information on booking with alternative sample takers in their area is available on their website www.hse.ie/cervicalcheck
As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.