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COVID-19 Testing

In view of the developing situation of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019), ParkwayHealth Laboratory will be sharing our COVID-19 Testing updates on this webpage.

For information on the coronavirus situation in Singapore, please visit the Ministry of Health website.

5 November 2020

SARS-CoV-2 IgM/IgG Testing in support of Pre-Departure Test Requirements

Parkway Laboratory Services currently offers the SARS-CoV-2 total antibody test.

We understand that new guidance has been provided by the Chinese Embassy for passengers departing for China that they need to have an IgM antibody test to be included in addition to the prevailing SARS-CoV-2 PCR test.

In order to meet your patient’s requirements for pre-departure testing, with effect from 6 November 2020, we will:

  1. Update our lab reports highlighting that the total antibodies test includes IgM and IgG.
  2. Lower the price for the SARS-CoV-2 total antibodies test

New COVID-19 Testing Charges effective 6 Nov 2020

With effect from 6 November 2020, we are revising the prices for our PCR swab test (applicable to COVID19GEN and COVIDAIR only)



4 August 2020

SARS-CoV-2 PCR Swab Test for COVID-19 Available for Pre-Departure Testing 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) invited Parkway Laboratory Services (PLS) to provide SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing for travellers who require pre-departure testing under the current approved green lane travel channels. These tests will come under the governance of the “Swab and Send Home (SASH)” programme for General Practitioners (GPs) with effect from 1 August 2020.

Travellers MUST fulfill at least one of the following conditions:

  • Persons with an approval letter from a Singapore govt agency,
  • Persons travelling under RGLs (Malaysia and China as of now), or 
  • Persons with pre-approved business pass

All other travellers are not permitted. 

COVID-19 pre-flight swab tests are available at selected SASH Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs). 

Find out more about this programme, make an application for an approval letter for Pre-departure COVID-19 PCR test, or search for a list of clinics providing this service by clicking here.


25 June 2020

Enhanced Swab-and-Send-Home Criteria

The Ministry of Health has expanded the Swab-and-Send-Home (SASH) criteria to enhance active case finding to include all persons with acute respiratory infection (ARI) aged 13 and above from 1 July 2020. 

The enhanced SASH criteria will include the following groups of persons presenting with symptoms of acute respiratory infection of any duration, with or without fever: 

  • Persons working and/or living in communal settings (eg. residential, custodial or special care facilities)
  • The following groups of immunosuppressed patients: 
    • End stage renal disease patients undergoing haemodialysis
    • Cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. 
  • All other persons aged 13 years old and above

GPs: Please contact the AIC GP helpline at +65 6632 1199 or email gp@aic.sg for any enquiries regarding the SASH programme.

Patients: Please click here to find your nearest SASH clinic.


27 March 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Test Available for COVID-19 Swab and Send Home Programme at General Physician Clinics 

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has granted permission to Parkway Laboratory Services (PLS) to extend SARS-CoV-2 testing for COVID-19 beyond inpatient care at licensed private hospitals to the primary care community under the governance of the “Swab and Send Home (SASH)” programme for General Practitioners (GPs).

Under the SASH programme, MOH’s prevailing clinical criteria for swabbing are:

  1. Patients meeting part (B) of the suspect case definition* (“Suspect”); or
  2. Patients clinically assessed to have pneumonia but not requiring admission (“Surveillance”).

*Persons with ARI with (i) travel to areas of heightened vigilance, (ii) been to any hospital abroad or (iii) had close contact with a case of COVID-19 infection.

MOH has stated some examples where testing is not warranted and strongly prohibited:

  1. Elective or general health screening;
  2. Decision criterion to allow employees to return to work following from quarantine order; stay-home notice, or leave of absence; or
  3. Asymptomatic patients without valid clinical justifications.

The criteria for swabbing is subject to change as the COVID-19 situation evolves and we shall take guidance from MOH.

GPs may contact the AIC GP helpline at +65 6632 1199 or email gp@aic.sg for any enquiries regarding the SASH programme.


3 March 2020

SARS-CoV-2 Test Available for COVID-19 Inpatient Testing for Cases Fitting MOH’s Criteria 

Parkway Laboratory Services (PLS) has worked expeditiously in partnership with MOH and ASTAR’s DxD Hub to implement the SARS-CoV-2 test in house starting 3 March 2020. We are the first private laboratory to begin this test and its use in the initial phase will be restricted to support in-patient care at licensed private hospitals.

We are bound by licensing requirements from MOH to adhere to the following conditions for COVID-19 testing which is for:

  1. The management of patients who meet the suspect case definition for COVID-19;
  2. The management of COVID-19 patients in-situ; and
  3. Enhanced pneumonia surveillance for inpatients with signs and symptoms of pneumonia (“surveillance cases”)