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Pre-event Testing

Antigen Rapid Test (ART)

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Pacific Medical Clinic & Precious Medical Centre are wholly owned subsidiaries of Precious Specialist Centre Pte Ltd. This service is provided in collaboration with iGene Laboratory and Parkway Laboratory Services

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) are simple self-test kits which can be bought in many pharmacies for individuals who are worried that they may have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus.  It is a quick test and you can obtain results in only 20 minutes.

If the ART result is positive, a PCR test will be compulsory and will be performed within 72 hours. You will have to self-isolate yourself before and after the PCR test is done, until your result is out. We can do the PCR test for you immediately in the clinic, should your ART test result be positive.

Pre-Event Testing (PET)

The ART results for pre-event testing are valid only for 24 hours. Please ensure that you arrive for your testing within 24 hours of the entire duration of your event/activity. For example if your event is from 9am to 4pm on Thursday, you should come for your ART no earlier than 4pm on Wednesday, the day before. ART results will not be eligible to be used for pre-departure screening. The usual PCR test is still required for pre-departure screening.

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Worked examples for when an attendee/patron should be tested

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) is available at Precious Medical Centre, as approved by the Ministry of Health (MOH). ART test is available at $32 (inclusive of GST).  We perform tests on adults and children of all ages. You maybe required to consult a doctor before taking the test, please call our clinics directly to book an appointment.


What are the required documents needed?

Please bring along your NRIC/FIN/Passport.

When will I get my test result?

We will send your COVID-19 ART test results within 30 minutes via email notification. Should the test result be positive, you will be required to do a confirmatory PCR test to determine if it is a genuinely positive case.

Who requires a PET?

Attendees/patrons are required to obtain a valid negative COVID-19 Test Result to participate in the event or activity. The validity of a negative COVID-19 Test result is 24 hours from the time the attendee/patron was registered at the testing premises to take the test. Attendees/Patrons will be permitted for entry if the validity period covers the duration of their visit. A valid negative COVID-19 test result refers to a negative PCR or ART test administered or supervised by MOH-approved COVID-19 Test Providers. Negative results obtained from self-administered ART test and self-administered ART test performed under supervision by parties other than MOH-approved COVID-19 test providers are not recognised for PET.

Which COVID-19 test should I take for the purpose of PET?

There are 2 types of COVID-19 tests: an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) and a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.

You are strongly encouraged to take an ART from a MOH-approved COVID-19 test provider.

ART’s quicker turnaround time gives you more assurance that your visit to the venues of the event, business, or activity can be covered by the remaining validity period of the test, after receiving the result. For info, the time from swab registration to notification of results is typically around 30 minutes for ART, but take up to 48 hours for PCR tests.

Why is Pre-Event Test required?

PET helps to reduce the risk of individuals infected with COVID-19 from transmitting the virus to other people at the event, and hence reduces the likelihood of an outbreak occurring at events, businesses, or activities. This allows more of such activities to resume safely, in particular, those with larger numbers of attendees or patrons