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Antigen Rapid Test (ART) for Caregivers and Visitors to the Wards

From 28 June, SKH will be conducting Antigen Rapid Test (ART) screening for registered caregivers of inpatients who spend more than 20 minutes in the wards.

If you have obtained COVID-negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) result in the last 24 hours, you need not go for ART. Please show the counter staff the HealthHub or SMS notification.

If you decline ART, you will not be allowed to stay beyond 20 minutes in the ward. Anyone making false declarations can be charged.

Where can I get the ART?

- The ART Swab Station is located opposite Polar Puffs & Cakes, Sengkang General Hospital and is open from 8am to 8pm (last registration at 7:30pm) daily.
 
- Proceed to the Visitor Registration Counter at level 1 (Blk 1 - 2 or Blk 3 - 6), where our staff will help you complete a form.

- Take the form with you to the ART Swab Station for registration.

- Wait for your turn to be swabbed.

- Upon clearing the swab test, you will be given a tag and can then proceed to the ward.

- You will receive a SMS on your result in 20 minutes. If your test result is positive, please notify the ward nurses immediately. If you do not have a mobile phone, you may go back to the ART Swab Station to get your result after 20 minutes.


Please note that the ART result is only valid for 24 hours. If you intend to visit the next day, you will need to do the ART again.

Location

Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Swab Station

Opposite Polar Puffs & Cakes
Sengkang General Hospital 
Operating Hours: 8am to 8pm daily

FAQs


1) What is an ART test? Why is it required?

Antigen Rapid Testing (ART) is a test that detects SARS-CoV-2, a virus that causes the COVID-19. A swab stick will be inserted into your nostrils to obtain a sample for testing. It may feel a little uncomfortable but the test will be over quickly and the results will be ready in 20 minutes.

With the nationwide easing of restrictions, MOH has instructed healthcare institutions to conduct ART for caregivers/registered visitors for the safety of patients, visitors and staff.

From 28 June 2021, SKH will be conducting ART screening for caregivers/visitors who intend to spend more than 20 minutes in the wards. Visitors who do not plan to stay beyond 20 minutes do not need to undergo ART. The result will only be valid for 24 hours.

 
2) I don’t want to take the test. Can I skip it?

In accordance with MOH instructions, visitors/caregivers who intend to spend more than 20 minutes in the wards are required to undergo an ART test. If you decline the ART, you will not be allowed to stay beyond 20 minutes in the ward.

Anyone making false declarations can be charged.

3) Do I have to pay for the test?

You do not have to pay for the test.

4) Can I take the test earlier/in the morning, and visit my loved one later in the day/evening?

Once you have been tested, the result is valid for the day of your visit. You can do your errands first and come back to visit your loved one later in the day.

5) I took the ART test yesterday when I visited my loved one/patient. Do I still need to undergo ART today?

The ART test result is only valid for 24 hours. Caregivers or visitors who intend to stay more than 20min will have to do the ART test every day if they intend to visit the patient daily.

We will allow you a one-time entry the next day while your result is still valid. If you wish to re-enter the ward after your result has expired, we will require you to go through the test again to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

6) I took a PCR test recently at my GP/polyclinic/HDB block test. Can I skip this ART?

You are required to show proof of your negative PCR test result if the test was conducted outside of SKH in the past 24 hours. Please show the result slip or notification from HealthHub or SMS to our staff at the Visitor Registration Counter.

Please note that if you decline ART, you will not be allowed to stay beyond 20 minutes in the ward. Anyone making false declarations can be charged.

7) Can I show the result from a self-test kit that I bought from Watsons/hospital pharmacy?

Results from self-testing kits will not be accepted, as per MOH guidelines.

8) I am vaccinated for COVID-19. Should I still take the ART test?

Regardless of vaccination status, in accordance to MOH guidelines, you are still required to undergo ART if you intend to stay in the ward for more than 20 minutes.

9) Where do I go while waiting for the results of my ART test?

Once you have been tested, you will be tagged and can proceed to the ward. An SMS will be sent to you once your results are available.

If you do not own a handphone, you may go back to the ART Swab Station to retrieve your result.

10) What happens if my ART test result is positive?

Should your ART test result be positive, please inform our ward nurses immediately. You will be sent to an isolation room before our staff transfer you to our Emergency Department for further evaluation.