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COVID-19 tests have evolved over the past few months as requirements have evolved as well, and the coronavirus remains steadfastly persistent in our community.
Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) has been developed that allows for quicker detection of the coronavirus, as the results take less time to be churned out compared to the usual Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. ART detects protein present on the surface of the virus, whereas PCR test detects genetic material itself.
We use the STANDARD Q COVID-19 Ag Test, which is jointly developed by SPD Scientific, one of Singapore’s leading Biomedical Laboratories, and SD Biosensor, to provide fast and reliable antigen rapid testing.
It takes about 15 minutes to obtain results from an ART, unlike around 24 hours for a PCR test, making it more convenient to be used in pre-event settings, as well as point-of-care settings. The sample is obtained via an anterior nasal swab which is more comfortable than the traditional nasopharyngeal swab done in a PCR test. The sample will then be processed within the clinic on the spot. Once the results are out, the patient will be informed and a formal certificate of the result will be provided.
If the ART result is inconclusive, a repeat ART can be conducted. Alternatively, a PCR test can be opted for and we can conduct it on the spot, however, the results will only take around 24 hours to return.
If the ART result is positive, a PCR test will be mandatory to be performed within 72 hours. You will have to self-isolate yourself before and after the PCR test is done, until your result is out. We can do the PCR test for you immediately in the clinic, should your ART test result be positive.
The ART results for pre-event testing are valid only for 24 hours. Please ensure that you arrive for your testing within 24 hours of the entire duration of your event/activity. For example if your event is from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, you should come for your ART no earlier than 4pm on Wednesday, the day before.
ART results will not be eligible to be used for pre-departure screening. The usual PCR test is still required for pre-departure screening.
Our clinic is licensed to provide COVID-19 ART. Prices have been revised from 1 Jan 2022 to $37.45 for adults. A $10 surcharge applies for children.
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WhatsApp: 8879 9404
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Mobile: 8879 9404
Landline: +65 3165 9251
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