Irish healthcare group RocDoc will open three new private Covid-19 testing centres, creating 200 jobs. 

The company, which is based in Ashbourne in Co Meath, launched a drive-thru testing service in August, due to growing demand for testing.  

It is now close to opening a second drive-thru centre in the town and plans are in place to open up two other regional centres.  

The private company offers molecular tests using LAMP technology at a cost of €149. Results are available within a few hours.  

Unlike the state-run testing centres, where patients need a doctor's referral, people can attend the private RocDoc centres and get tested without one.  

The chief executive of RocDoc, David Rock, said since the centre opened in Ashbourne in August, it has been very busy.  

"Our drive-thru test centre has been operating seven days a week to meet public demand and we are receiving requests from across the country. We can offer express tests with results in only a few hours" he said. 

The company said it has been requested to assist businesses in the greater Dublin region to test their staff, many of whom work in agri-food and other essential sectors. 

"RocDoc also offers a mobile category two laboratory and testing facility which can meet the needs of large organisations that require same day results. This means we can offer businesses on-site, express testing of staff which helps them keep their businesses open," the CEO added. 

RocDoc is recruiting for swabbing staff, various medical professionals and customer care staff to meet the demand for Covid-19 testing, which is expected to continue in 2021.