The HSE's testing system has been under increased strain in recent weeks.
A new covid testing centre has opened in the midlands.
People can self-refer themselves for a PCR test at the unit at Athlone GAA club on the Ballymahon Road.
The HSE's PCR testing system has been under increased demand in recent weeks.
The health service is urging anyone who cannot make their scheduled appointment to get in contact ahead of time and cancel so the slot can be re-allocated.
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In statement to Midlands 103, the HSE says;
"We are planning to open an additional Covid-19 testing centre in Athlone GAA Club today. In addition we are planning to provide two more Covid-19 testing centres in the Eastern part of the country on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We hope to be able to confirm details in relation to these two testing centres later today.
"These centres will give the public additional options when they are booking appointments for tests online.
"We have seen a sustained high demand for COVID-19 testing at our community testing centres in the last number of weeks in particular.
"This reflects the high prevalence of the disease and other illnesses at this time."