All 19 polyclinics and some GPs can now perform coronavirus swab test
SINGAPORE - Swab tests for the coronavirus have been extended from public and private hospitals here to all 19 polyclinics and several general practitioner clinics, The Straits Times has learnt.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
The ParkwayHealth Laboratory, which comes under the Parkway Pantai group, said it has processed swab tests for more than 33 clinics under the Parkway Shenton chain of GP clinics since late March.It also received samples from 21 GP clinics approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH) for such tests.
Eleven GP clinics under the Raffles Medical Group are also now able to conduct coronavirus swab tests, said its general manager Yong Yih Ming.The samples will be sent to a lab designated by MOH, he added, without providing details.Patients who get the swab test done at the clinics, including polyclinics, will typically be asked to return home to wait for the result, as the lab needs time to process the samples.
It can take more than a day for the result to be out.If the result is positive for coronavirus, the patient will be informed before an ambulance is dispatched to his home to transport him to the nearest public hospital.The gold standard test is done at laboratories, using the real-time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) technique to detect virus genetic material in a patient's specimen.
In Singapore, the main lab that processes coronavirus tests is the National Public Health Laboratory at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.The ParkwayHealth Laboratory said that it has processed more than 1,000 tests since March 3, after receiving MOH approval.
It uses the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's (A*Star's) Fortitude test kits for Covid-19.The A*Star test kit was developed with Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and has been used in six local public hospitals and four private hospitals in Singapore, according to the agency.
The ParkwayHealth Laboratory has been processing samples from even more GP clinics since late March, it revealed.Initially, these RT-PCR tests were carried out by the laboratory for recovering Covid-19 patients warded at Parkway hospitals and other private hospitals.
There are four patients at Parkway hospitals who were warded after they tested positive.Tests are done on the recovering patients to check if they are still shedding the virus.They can be discharged only after they attain negative Covid-19 swab test results on two consecutive days.
Good. Considering the virus is going to be part of our lives for a while. This will make testing more accessible and potentially allow early detection. But with more testing, we may need to have more testing labs. Good. All patients with mild flu symptoms should be tested Thanks but no thanks If you want it to be effective, you need to get the results much faster than that. And you need to go door to door. We'd rather assume we don't have it and not confirm than to confirm that we are carriers without symptoms and face some inconvenient personal sanctions. 🙄
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