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Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital has started testing for COVID-19

26 march 2020

PCR testing from nasal and throat secretions, as well as quick blood tests, are now available with the purpose of confirming positive cases of coronavirus infection.

Acibadem City Clinic Tokuda Hospital now has all the facilities for laboratory testing to prove COVID-19 infections. It is highly recommended that all the tests are taken after a consultation with a doctor because of the specific symptoms and other patterns that could be distinguished depending on how long the patient has been infected for.

The PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test is the key to detecting a COVID-19 infection. A nasal and throat secretion samples are done with a sterile swab by rubbing it against different parts of the mouth or the redness of the inside of both nostrils. The samples are taken at a special station located outside, in the yard of the hospital. There are signs placed around the hospital that can take you there. You do not have to enter the hospital at all. The results are normally out in-between 48 to 72 hours, depending on the level of emergency and the workload of the laboratory.

In order to take the nasal/throat PCR testing, every patient must sign a declaration of Informed Consent, which can be filled at the spot or in advance. The form you can download here>. 

It is important to point out that the examination of a patient that does not have the symptoms of COVID-19 is most likely to lead to negative results, even if the infection is positive because the viral particles of the infection, in the beginning, may not be enough.

The second type of test offered is the well-known quick blood tests that measure the amount of IgM and IgG antibodies that fight against the COVID-19. In this type of test, a certain time must have passed after the infection, normally about 2 to 3 weeks, in order to detect the antibodies. Otherwise, the results could be falsely negative. The advantage this type of test has is that the results are usually ready within two hours. The presence of antibodies could also indicate an infection that has already been cured.

Blood tests are done by taking a sample of capillary blood at the manipulation room located at the hospital’s first floor. The test could also be done with venous blood if other types of examinations are done at the same time, for example, CBC or CRP.

Before having their tests done, patients have to answer a few questions: What is the reason for doing the examinations, whether they have recently traveled outside the country, whether they have the symptoms of the infection – high fever, cough and shortness of breath, and last but not least if they have had any contact with someone infected.

In order to prevent people from clustering, we recommend that you book ahead of time for the COVID-19 test by calling 02/403 4000.

It is advised that the tested patients should have personal protective equipment and keep a distance of at least one meter while waiting for their turn to get tested. It is also recommended that every patient checks their results online in their profiles on the Tokuda Hospital platform, where all the laboratory test results are located. On a first visit or if you have lost your password, a new one can be claimed at the registration desk.

Dr. Veselina Koleva, Head of the Clinical Laboratory, talks in front of BNT about the difference between PCR and the quick blood tests. See more here:

 

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Hospital location

51B Nikola Y. Vaptsarov Blvd., Sofia, 1407 (if you drive, the entrance is from Atanas Dukov str.)

The hospital has a parking lot for patients and visitors. The first 30 min. are free of charge, the first hour after that has a 3 BGN fee, and for every next hour a 2BGN/hrs. fee applies.
IMPORTANT! Have in mind that the parking lot is very busy Monday to Friday between 10.00 and 14.00. The hospital team will appreciate if those whose health condition allow, take the drop off option without parking or use other transport means or alternative parking lots in the area.

Public transport:
Buses: №88, 120

Metro lines: You can get off at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station and walk to the hospital.

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From the Central Railway Station

Bus: take bus #305 and get off at Romanian Embassy stop, then transfer to bus #120 to Tokuda Hospital stop.

Metro: Take metro line Nadezda-Lozenetz and get off either at James Bourchier or Vitosha metro station, then walk to the hospital.