COVID-19 Antigen Testing Service
What are Covid 19 Antigen Tests?
Antigen tests are a method of detecting an active infection with SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the illness COVID-19. These tests look for antigens, which are protein markers found on the outside of a SARS-CoV-2 virus.
The test is performed on a sample that is taken by swabbing inside your nose. The sample can be processed in the pharmacy and we provide results within about 15 minutes.
We can perform the tests on children aged 2 and up, however a parent or guardian must
give consent for the test for anyone aged 16 or under.
An antigen costs €40, **including issuing a travel certificate **
**conforming to EU standards**.
We have to confirm patient identities for a variety of reasons, but mainly to ensure that the person presenting for the test is the person who will ultimately be travelling on an airline or using the test result for work and it is valid.
The whole appointment should be no longer than 5-10 mins.
For all tests, the preferred method is via email to receive their travel certificate.
Paper copies of the consultation record form will only be used in exceptional circumstances
as they can be illicitly used and copied.
Unfortunately, no test is 100% accurate. There can be false positives and negatives caused
by a variety of factors. Even the PCR test, considered the most accurate, is prone to false positive results. Our Antigen test is 92% accurate.