COVID-19 testing

The different types of COVID-19 testing currently available

The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab is used to detect coronavirus from a nose or throat swab. We advise individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to make use of this test for diagnosis as the test only detects the virus while the person is currently infected.

The antibody blood test looks for the specific antibodies which would show if you have been infected by the coronavirus in the past (not used for clinical diagnosis of current infection).

The antigen rapid test can be used to diagnose a patient, you do not have to confirm a positive result with a follow up PCR test.

COVID-19 PCR test remain the gold standard for diagnosing COVID-19.

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test (also called the antigen test) remain an excellent alternative offered by HSP Group.

There are 2 types of rapid tests currently offered by HSP Group and  is now offered in our clinics or on-site, antigen tests and the antibody testing.

Take note of the following regarding the Rapid Antigen Test:

  • Results take up to 30 minutes to read. The patient is required to stay in the clinic during this time for the outcome of the test.
  • There is no accompanying certificate with this test. This is not a laboratory test and will not have a Laboratory certificate of result.
  • These tests are NOT currently recognised by the Mines or borders.
  • Travelers will HAVE to have a  PCR test with the Laboratory
  • By law EVERY patient MUST be captured on the National Health Laboratory Service site by the nurse conducting the test.
What is the difference?PCR swab testAntibody Blood test
Biggest differenceEarly detection of infection and most accurate,
Used for diagnosis of COVID-19
Speedy test results but not as sensitive as the swab test for detecting early infection
How it works?Detects the presence of the genetic material of the virus (Diagnosis)Measuring our body's reaction (IgM,IgG) to the virus (Detecting antibodies)
What sample is taken?Nose or throatBlood sample
Turnaround time for results3-5 working days24 hours
When should I get tested?When you experience COVID-19 symptomsIf you had COVID-19 or suspect you may have recovered.
Where can I get tested?HSP Sunnyridge Clinic open air testing station Sunnyridge.
On-site at your premises; or
At any of HSP's national network partners
At any of HSP's clinics; ;
On-site at your premises; or
At any of HSP's national network partners