*LABORATORY AND TRAVEL CERTIFICATE PROVIDED*
*Results Available in 24-72 Hours*

Do you need to *travel overseas*? Many countries require a negative Antigen PCR test be provided on arrival along with a travel certificate signed by a medical professional.

Or maybe you need a test to return to work, your child might require one to go back to school or your Doctor has requested you have one before you attend a private hospital for a scheduled procedure?

Here at Beechview Medical, we offer a fast, dedicated, turnaround service to facilitate all of these requirements and more.

*HOW QUICKLY WILL I GET THE RESULTS?*
*PLEASE READ CAREFULLY..*

Our team works tirelessly and send results 7 days per week.
If you have your test with us on *Monday* to *Friday*, we aim to get your results to you *the next day**.

If you have your test with us on a *Saturday*, we aim to get the results back to you by Monday as the laboratory runs at a lower capacity. Please check with us if you are booking a Saturday test if you have any specific time constraints.

(*Please note for clarification, the timing of receiving your results can be anywhere between 24-72 hours after your test. We always aim to get results back to our clients the day after the laboratory gets the sample, however things such as capacity at the laboratory and test re-runs can mean results take slightly longer. **We are not liable for any other associated costs should your results be delayed.*)

*HOW DO I BOOK OR ORDER A TEST?*

You can book your test by calling 01 598 9412 or emailing us on info@beechviewmd.ie.

NEED BOTH ANTIBODY AND ANTIGEN TESTS?
WHAT IS IT?

This antigen test can be performed in clinic by our Doctor. Antigen tests detect viral RNA. This requires taking a swab from the nose and throat and then analysing the specimen in the lab using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). You may see these tests referred to as PCR tests. They aim to answer: *do I carry coronavirus now? *If you want to see if you have *had* covid-19 and developed antibodies, you should take an antibody test.

The chances of detecting virus are highest in the days surrounding the start of symptoms. Ideally samples should be taken from symptomatic individuals between days 1-5 from symptom onset. However, there are many cases when virus can be detected later into the illness.

A negative test result is also useful, to tell you that there is no presence of virus on that swab. But please bear in mind that this may be a false negative and isolation guideline should still be followed. Many institutions use two swabs, 24 hrs apart to confirm a negative case alongside other clinical information.

SHOULD I ALSO TAKE AN ANTIBODY TEST?

Our recommendation is to use both the COVID-19 Antibody and PCR COVID-19 clinical testing service.

This is the only way to be certain that you have developed an immune response and that the Covid-19 virus has left your body.

You can take an antibody test from 14 days after the onset of your symptoms.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

We strongly advise:

1. Nothing can go in the mouth for at least 2 hours prior to testing, this includes: food, drinks, cigarettes, chewing gum, etc.
2. Mouthwash not to be used for 24 hours.
3. Nothing can go in the nose for at least 24 hours prior to testing, this includes: nasal medication, saline, hay fever sprays, cotton buds, etc.

All of the above can inhibit the sample and mean they it needs to be retested or may not enable a conclusive result to be delivered.

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