COVID-19 Update April 2022

Per government regulations, the wearing of face masks is required by all members of the public when visiting a healthcare setting.

Despite the effectiveness of the national vaccination programme, COVID-19 continues to have a significant impact on service delivery and the running of face to face appointments. Carlton Clinic is open, however we are repeatedly adapting to ever-changing circumstances in order to prioritise patient safety and will maintain that approach in the aftermath of the new normal.

If you are in need of medical care, we ask that you contact us by phone first and outline the nature of your concern to our reception team. From there, a doctor will make a clinical judgement as to whether a telephone or face to face consultation is the best way to address your medical needs.

Under normal circumstances, we would love to welcome you all in person to visit our clinic. We are always aiming to expand our availability of face to face appointments, however they will not reach the volume that they did pre-pandemic in order to mimimise risk to both the public and our staff. We strive to provide face to face appointments to those that need them, however we cannot guarantee a face to face consultation to those that want them. With that in mind, the principle of offering a telephone assessment to all enquiries first will remain for the foreseeable future. In the case of a medical emergency, please contact the emergency services.

All staff will continue to take extra precautions when you attend for a face to face appointment. Use of face masks and disinfecting of room surfaces following each appointment will remain standard practice, as will social distancing in the main waiting room and the wearing of face masks by attendees to the clinic. If possible, please attend your appointments alone.


As of April 2022, guidelines for PCR testing have been amended to the following:

You can get a PCR test if you have symptoms and you:

  • are age 55 or older and have not had a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose
  • have a high-risk medical condition
  • have a weak immune system (immunocompromised)
  • live in the same household as a person who has a weak immune system or provide support or care for them
  • are pregnant
  • are a healthcare worker

If you have a positive antigen test, you can book a PCR test if you need a COVID-19 Recovery Cert by visiting the following portal: HSE Covid-19 PCR Self-Referral Portal


GPs have no involvement in the issuing of DCCs (Digital Covid Certificates). If you have received your initial course of covid vaccine and your booster and have yet to receive your updated DCC, please visit the following link to request for it to be issued to you:

If you are a patient who was vaccinated outside of Ireland but hold an Irish passport, you can find more information about your DCC here:


We thank you in advance for your understanding and support as we move forward into 2022.