Rapid COVID-19 PCR swab Testing

Rapid COVID-19 PCR swab Testing

With the recent announcement by Singapore to open up travel, pre-departure swab for COVID-19 PCR testing will become the norm for travellers at least for the short term future.

DTAP @ NOVENA is proud to announce that we are able to offer testing for COVID-19 PCR swab test with next working day results.

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Who can do the rapid COVID-19 PCR swab test?

At DTAP @ Novena, we accept persons who require a pre-departure swab for travel purposes or to those who have been tested positive on the Rapid COVID-19 Antigen test.

Do I need to make an appointment to do the testing?

We would highly encourage you to make an appointment before heading down to DTAP @ Novena for the COVID 19 PCR swab. This is to ensure safe distancing is adhered to. Your health and safety are of our priority.

Do I need to prepare anything before I come for the test?

No. There is no special preparation that needs to be done before coming for the test. There is NO need to clean your nose with any substances. In fact, that may cause an error in the results.

What is done during the test? Will it be painful?

A small cotton swab is inserted into each of your nostrils and left in each nostril for a few seconds in order for any liquid in your nostrils to be soaked up by the cotton swab. This is to ensure that the results are accurate. You may feel uncomfortable as the swab is inserted into your nostrils but it would NOT be painful. You may experiencing some tearing form your eyes. The whole process will only take 30 seconds or less.

When will I get the results?

The results will be available on the next working day.

What if I am tested positive for the COVID-19 PCR swab test?

MOH will be notified of the positive results. MOH officers will contact you and will advise you on further actions. You are required by law under the Infectious Disease Act to NOT leave your home until MOH contacts you with further instructions. Failure to comply with the Infectious Disease Act may mean that you may be fined or jailed or both. You may also be required to undergo additional testing by MOH.

How much will the testing cost?

The total cost of the testing will be $209.72 (inclusive of GST).

I heard that COVID-19 PCR swab test is free/$10 for Singapore citizens. How come I have to pay $209.72  for the test?

Free COVID PCR testing or $10 testing is for Singapore citizens who have symptoms and are referred to SASH clinics or if they were required by MOH to do the testing. For persons wanting to pre-departure swab testing for travel purposes, they are not eligible for free or subsidized testing.

What safety precautions has the clinic taken to minimize the risk of spreading the virus to me or other patients if there is a positive case?

Safe distancing practices are adhered to in our clinics. Persons doing the test are only allowed to remove their mask during the performance of the swabbing of the nostrils. The surfaces of the area like the tables and chairs where the swab is taken cleaned after every patient with disinfectant wipes. Samples taken from patients are processed in special equipment that will prevent aerosols (tiny droplets) from escaping into the clinic. The doctor or staff who is in the same room when the swab is being taken will be wearing full personal protective equipment like head net, face shield, N95 mask, waterproof gown and gloves. The glove will be changed for each patient. Also every 2 hours, the room will be thoroughly cleaned with disinfectant.

Your health and safety is of our utmost priority.

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