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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19
Pharmacy services

COVID-19 Testing

We offer COVID-19 testing at our testing centre in the heart of Sliema. It’s completely confidential and only takes 5 minutes.

How it works

The Process

Appointment

Book your appointment with us at https://covid.jvpharma.eu, to avoid any wait! Walk-ins are also accepted

Nasal swab

         One of our healthcare professionals will                       confirm your details, and proceed by taking            a nasal swab for testing purposes

Documentation

               An official report with your test result                        will be issued and sent to you by e-mail             or printed for you 

Our swabbing centre

78, Tigne' Street, Sliema

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which cause illnesses affecting the respiratory system, ranging from the common cold to more serious conditions such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). In December of 2019, a novel coronavirus emerged from China called SARS-CoV-2, which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The virus has gained increasing attention worldwide, following the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation on March 11,2020.
As of now, researchers know that the coronavirus is spread through virus particles and droplets that are released into the air when an infected person breathes, talks, laughs, sings, coughs or sneezes. Larger droplets may fall to the ground or surfaces within a few seconds, but small  infectious particles remain in the air and can accumulate, especially in indoor places with poor ventilation or where many people are gathered.
This is why physical distancing, hand hygiene and mask-wearing are key to the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.
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Signs & Symptoms

COVID-19 affects individuals differently. However, most people who get infected will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without the need of hospitalisation. Below are a list of some of the most common symptoms which tend to appear in alone or in combination with one another:

  • Aches & pains
  • Blocked/runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Loss of taste & smell
  • Muscle pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Tiredness
How to prepare

For your test

We have introduced an online booking system for our COVID-19 testing, so as to assist in avoiding lengthy queues for the service. Nevertheless, we also accept walk-in clients that wish to test as they are passing by. Although the latter is just as efficient and does not usually involve a long wait, we ask clients to keep in mind that a walk in may be subject to waiting if other clients have already booked an appointment at the time they enter the swabbing centre.

If you are not planning to book through our online system, make sure to bring with you:

  • Your ID Card/Passport detailing your name, surname, nationality and date of birth
  • A contact number
  • An e-mail where we can send your results

If you have already booked an appointment with us, all you need to bring with you is your ID Card/Passport with you at the time of your booking.

How we test

For COVID-19

The service will be performed by one of our trained healthcare professionals that are registered to perform COVID-19 testing via a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test.

They will start by confirming or taking down your details, as presented on your identification card or passport, followed by a nasal swab. An official report of your result will be submitted to the health authorities and issued to you, either as a hard or electronic copy (via e-mail). The time it takes for results to be produced depends on the type of test you choose to do.

Do you want to get tested for COVID-19?

Pre-book your appointment online with us today or send us a message on +356 79045104, to avoid any wait!

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FAQS

Frequently Asked
Questions

How long will the service take?

The actual service only takes 5 minutes, however, the time it takes for test results to be issued is dependent on the type of test you chose to do.

Results of rapid antigen testing are produced within 15 minutes, however, due to our busy schedule we ask you to be patient as these may be sent at the end of shift (12:00pm for the morning shift or 7:00pm for the evening shift). On the other hand, we guarantee same day delivery of PCR test results for those done before 11:00am, and next day results for those performed after 12:00pm.

Where are you located?

Our Sliema COVID testing centre is located at 78, Tigne’ Street in Sliema (close by to the Lady Di Pub).

What is the price of the service?

Depending on the test that you chose to perform, a payment will be taken at the swabbing centre at the time of your appointment. Rapid antigen testing cost €35 while PCR testing cost €140.

Kindly note that cash is not accepted and all payments must be done by card.

What is the price of each test?

Yes. Depending on the test that you chose to perform, a payment will be taken at the swabbing centre at the time of your appointment. Rapid antigen testing cost €35 while PCR testing cost €140.

Kindly note that cash is not accepted and all payments must be done by card.

Do I have to make an appointment?

No, you don’t, however, we recommend it if you want to avoid any wait. Appointments can be made online through our online booking portal, or by sending us a whatsapp message here on +356 7904 5104 with your details enlisted below:

  1. Type of test you would like to book (PCR or RAT)
  2. Name & Surname
  3. Contact no.
  4. Date of Birth
  5. E-mail
  6. Gender
  7. ID Card/Passport no.
  8. Nationality
  9. Residing Address
  10. Reason for testing

How long do I have to wait to receive my results?

Results of rapid antigen testing are produced within 15 minutes, however, due to our busy schedule we ask you to be patient as these may be sent at the end of shift (12:00pm for the morning shift or 7:00pm for the evening shift). On the other hand, we guarantee same day delivery of PCR test results for those done before 11:00am, and next day results for those performed after 12:00pm.

Results can either be printed for you or sent to you electronically via e-mail to the e-mail address provided.

What Rapid Antigen Tests are used at Sliema COVID testing centre?

We use the Nal Von Minden® Covid-19 Ag Rapid Test Device which is a reliable, rapid chromatographic immunoassay for the qualitative detection of specific antigens of SARS-CoV-2. This product has a sensitivity of 97.56% and a diagnostic specificity of >99.9%, and is among the list of nationally approved RAT tests in Malta.

What should I do if I get a Not Reactive (negative) RAT result but I still have symptoms of COVID-19?

You are instructed to remain in self-isolation for at least 24 hours until your symptoms completely subside. If symptoms persist or recur, it is recommended that you book PCR swab test.

What should I do if I get a Reactive (positive) RAT result?

You will be instructed to register for a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours, and you must remain in self-isolation until the confirmatory RT-PCR result is issued (as per the Prevention of Disease Ordinance).

In the event that the confirmatory PCR test result is positive, the starting date for quarantine entered on the quarantine letter issued by the Public Health COVID-19 Response Team will be that of the RT-PCR test and not the date of the RAT. Public Health Authorities will contact you and will take over the management of your public health aspects including quarantine period and contact tracing.