What the service
IMPORTANT TO NOTE:
All COVID-19 tests are performed in a specifically designated screening centre and NOT within the Brown's Pharmacies or Clinics.
All Swabbing personnel is wearing full PPE at all times.
Appointments are booked respecting social distancing guidelines.
The Public Health Authority is duly informed with every positive case.
Brown’s and HSE Laboratories are collaborating to help mitigate COVID-19 spread. We are offering COVID-19 testing services with the aim of increasing overall nation-wide testing capacity, resulting in better accessibility to immediate results.
We have set up a ‘walk-through’ COVID-19 Screening Centre to perform COVID-19 testing in a safe and efficient way.
Below kindly find detailed information pertaining to the three COVID-19 tests we offer. This will help you gain a better understanding of the risks and benefits.
RT-PCR TEST €140
The RT-PCR test is the gold standard COVID-19 test. The test results are ready in 24-36 hours. If you are experiencing symptoms; if you were in contact with someone who has tested positive; if you are travelling abroad, then this is the test for you.
L-RT-PCR test tal-COVID-19 huwa il-goldstandard test. It-test jagħti riżultat f’temp ta’ 24-36 siegħa. Jekk qed tesperjenza xi sintomu, jekk kont f’kuntatt ma’ xi ħadd li irriżulta pozittiv għall-virus, jew jekk ser issiefer, dan it-test huwa għalik.
SALIVA TEST €100
The COVID-19 Saliva test is a non-invasive test. The results are ready in approximately 2 hours. If you are experiencing symptoms; if you were in contact with someone who has tested positive; if you suffer from frequent nasal bleeding or if you had recent surgery in the nasal pathways; if you need to test your children (+3 years), then this is the test for you. A re-test using the RT-PCR method needs to be taken if the result is a positive one.
Il-COVID-19 Saliva Test m’huwiex test invażiv, u jsir billi jintuża il-bżieq ta’ dak li jkun. Dan it-test jagħti riżultat f’temp ta’ sagħtejn. Jekk qed tesperjenza sintomi; jekk ġejt f’kuntatt ma’ xi hadd li kien irriżulta pożittiv; jekk tinfaraġ b’mod regolari jew jekk riċentement kellek intervent mediku fl-imnieħer; jew, jekk trid tagħmel test għat-tfal tiegħek, dan huwa it-test għalik. Jekk ir-riżultat ta’ persuna jkun pożittiv, dik il-persuna imbagħad tkun trid tagħmel test tat-tip RT-PCR.
RAPID ANTIGEN TEST €60
The COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test gives a result in approximately 1 hour. The Antigen Test is ideal for mass screening of people who work within the same organisation, people participating in large events; students within a school, and staff in general; also, asymptomatic individuals who would want a peace of mind. A re-test using the RT-PCR method needs to be taken if the result is a positive one.
Il-COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test, jagħti riżultat f’temp ta’ bejn wieħed u ieħor siegħa. Dan it-test huwa ideali għall-ittestjar kollettiv ta’ persuni li jaħdmu fl-istess post tax-xogħol, ta’ persuni li jkunu attendew attivitajiet kbar, ta’ studenti ta’ l-iskejjel, u ta’ l-istaff b’mod generali, u għal dawk li ma għadhomx sintomi u jkunu jixtiequ serħan tal-moħħ. Jekk ir-riżultat tiegħek joħrog pozittiv, tkun trid tagħmel re-test bil-metodu RT-PCR.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- 1. How do I book an appointment?
Download the Brown’s Mobile Application which is available on both Android and Apple stores (Name of Mobile Application: Browns Pharmacy Order Now).
Fill all your details, and select the test you wish to perform. Proceed to payment.
Once we receive your order, we will contact you and book your test at a day and time convenient for you.
For further help, you can call on 21525252.
- 2. How and when will appointments be confirmed?
After paying for the service through the mobile application, we will contact you and book you for an appointment. A confirmation email will be sent, also containing the address of the testing centre and other important information.
- 3. Can the patient be accompanied by a parent/guardian/social worker?
Only if the patient cannot attend on their own because they are underage, demented or have a condition which does not permit them to come on their own.
- 4. What is the procedure for someone who does not have an email address/smartphone?
They can use a smartphone and email address of a relative, by doing this they are giving us permission to forward their data on this email.
- 5. What happens when someone does not know how to make use of online payment?
For now, payment is to be done online, so ideally, they ask someone to do the payment for them.
- 6. Can the test be performed orally in certain circumstances?
It is not ideal. Should you wish we can offer a Saliva COVID-19 test, where no nasal swabbing is needed. The patient will only need to provide a saliva sample in a specimen container.
- 7. Do you offer transportation for patients with symptoms?
- 8. Will refunds/reschedule be an option?
- 9. How does a Rapid Antigen detection test work?
The rapid diagnostic test detects the presence of viral proteins (antigens) expressed by the COVID-19 virus in the respiratory tract.
The antigens detected are expressed only when the virus is actively replicating; therefore, such tests are best used to identify acute or early infection. The test would provide a qualitative “yes/no” answer on the presence of the virus in the patient sample.
- 10. How is the sample taken?
A nasal sample is collected using a swab.
- 11. How and when will I receive the result?
The result will be sent to you after approximately 1 to 2 hours via email.
- 12. Is the test accurate?
The test has a sensitivity of 96.52% and a specificity of 99.68% and is listed on the WHO emergency use listings for in-vitro diagnostics detecting COVID-19.
- 13. How does an RT-PCR test for COVID-19 work?
The RT-PCR test is the gold standard COVID-19 diagnostic test. This test detects viral genetic material using a laboratory technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). RT-PCR is considered as the most sensitive method for COVID-19 since the system amplifies viral genetic material by copying it over and over again; so that if any traces of COVID-19 virus is present it will be detected, confirming that the patient has an active coronavirus infection.
- 14. How is the sample taken?
A nasal sample is collected using a swab.
- 15. How and when will I receive the result?
The result will be sent to you after approximately 24 to 48 hours via email.
- 16. Is the test accurate?
RT-PCR is considered as the most sensitive and the gold standard method for COVID-19 testing.
- 17. How does the COVID-19 Saliva Test work?
The COVID-19 Saliva test detects the presence of viral RNA in saliva. This test uses reverse transcriptase loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) technique to detect RNA from the specimen, if any traces of COVID-19 virus are present they will be detected, confirming that the patient has an active COVID-19 infection. A re-test using the RT-PCR method needs to be taken if the result is a positive one.
- 18. How is the sample taken?
A saliva sample must be collected in a sterile specimen container. Do not eat or drink anything (other than water), or brush your teeth, for at least 30 minutes before your testing appointment, as it may decrease the accuracy of the test.
- 19. How and when will I receive the result?
The result will be sent to you 1 to 2 hours following the test via email.
- 20. Is the test accurate?
The Saliva test has a highly satisfactory performance with a sensitivity of 72.7% and a specificity of 95.7%.