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Emergency action: A nurse carries out a test run at the drive-through pod at the emergency department of Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Photo: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Emergency action: A nurse carries out a test run at the drive-through pod at the emergency department of Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Photo: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

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Emergency action: A nurse carries out a test run at the drive-through pod at the emergency department of Antrim Area Hospital, Co Antrim in Northern Ireland. Photo: Michael Cooper/PA Wire

Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland has set up drive-through testing for people who believe they might have contracted the Covid-19 virus.

Patients will be swabbed in the nose and mouth, then told to go home and self-isolate while awaiting the outcome.

Swabbed patients will receive results of the test within four hours.

Most cases are expected to be relatively mild and may simply involve self-isolation and care at home in Northern Ireland.

Health authorities in the North are planning to send coronavirus patients to hospitals in England if they require further clinical treatment.

If patients cannot be transferred to England, for whatever reason, the infectious diseases beds in the Royal Victoria Hospital in west Belfast will be used to treat patients.

Irish Independent