Antigen test

An antigen test is a faster type of Covid test that can provide answers as to whether there is an ongoing infection with Covid-19. The test is performed through a sample from the posterior nasal wall taken with a swab. 

The test result is ready after about 15 minutes. As a patient, you will receive an answer as soon as we have the opportunity, after about 1-2 hours.  

An antigen test can not detect a previous infection but only an ongoing infection. 

Please note that most countries do not approve of antigen results upon entry into the country.

Price

Antigen test 750 SEK

Medical certificate: 250 SEK

FAQ

What is an antigentest?

An antigen test is a Covid test that is taken with a swab in the nose and can show if there is an ongoing Covid infection or not.

What is the difference compared to a PCR test?

The result is shown after 15 minutes. We will send the result to you by e-mail within a couple of hours. Please note that most countries do not accept an antigen test upon entry. A PCR test is needed for most travel purposes.

When can I take the test?

The test is taken to detect any ongoing infection with Covid-19. In the same way as with PCR tests, it is important that you are symptom free when you come and take a test. Hedda Care has the right to refuse to perform the test if we suspect that you have any symptoms of Covid-19.

Do you issue certificates for antigen tests?

Yes, we can issue a medical certificate confirming your test result.  

We point out, however, that at present only a few countries approve a certificate based on an antigen test / Covid rapid test upon entry. It is the individual's own responsibility to stay informed about what test is required for each country. Hedda Care cannot be held responsible if it turns out that the test is not approved as a basis for entry.

The medical certificate states both day and time of the test. Please note that the exact time of when the test was taken is included. 

I am not a Swedish citizen, can I take the test anyway?

Yes, we help people who do not live in Sweden. This can apply to you who, for example, are on a temporary visit or do not have a Swedish social security number.  

Booking for individuals without a Swedish personal identity number need to be made by email or telephone. 

How long does it take to perform the test?

The test procedure takes about 5 minutes.

What answers can the test give?

The test detects any ongoing infection with Covid-19.

When do I get the result?

The test result is ready after 15 minutes and is sent out as soon as possible, usually after about 1-2 hours after testing.

Who can take the test?

Everyone can take an antigen test.  

To be able to carry out the test at one of Hedda Care's clinics you need to be symptom free. If you have any symptoms or feel sick, stay home. Hedda Care has the right to refuse testing if we suspect you have symptoms of Covid-19.

Is the test reliable?

The test has a high reliability but, as all rapid tests, they are not 100%. We use antigen tests from several suppliers and the sensitivity is in the range of 91-97% and the specificity of 99%. The test is CE-marked and approved for sales in Europe. 

The test that we regularly use is Nadal from the supplier Nal von Minden. 

More information about the test and antigen tests can be found at Folkhälsomyndigheten; Folkhälsomyndigheten,8

What happens if I get a positive result?

If the result is positive you have to stay in quarantine and inform all persons that you recently have been in contact with. According to Swedish law, we are obliged to report any cases of positive result that shows an ongoing infection of Covid-19. The same legal requirements apply for notification in accordance with the Swedish Communicable Diseases Act as for detection by PCR test. This means that the test result must be reported for infection control and that infection tracking must be performed. 

 

Read more here.

Can you test larger groups or at workplaces?

If you want to arrange testing related to your business we are happy to help out in order to secure a safe working environment. We can test your employees. Contact us and we will discuss a suitable arrangement, either on-site testing in your premises or at one of our clinics. Contact us via covid19@heddacare.se