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Phuket officials announce four locations for rapid antigen tests

Phuket officials announce four locations for rapid antigen tests

PHUKET: The Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior has announced four locations on the island where people may undergo a COVID-19 rapid antigen test.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 15 July 2021, 11:57AM

The announcement comes as the the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects COVID-19 antigen test kits to be made available for sale over the counter by next week, after an announcement by the Public Health Ministry authorising over-the-counter sale of the test kits published in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday (July 13).

It also comes as tighter rules for entering Phuket from provinces designated as ‘red’ or ‘dark red’ COVID risk zones are brought into effect today (July 15).

Under the new rules, people arriving from 34 ‘red’ or ‘dark red’ provinces must present evidence of a RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test showing they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past seven days in order to be allowed to enter Phuket.

Presenting evidence of testing negative for COVID-19 is also how non-vaccinated people in Phuket may be allowed to travel to Phang Nga and return.

The four locations of taking rapid antigen tests in Phuket were posted publicly by the ‘Phuket Info Center’, operated by the Phuket office of the Ministry of Interior, this morning (July 15).

However, the information was marked as last updated on Monday (July 12).

The locations given were Mission Hospital Phuket in Rassada, Patong Hospital in Patong, Thalang Hospital in Thalang, and ‘Nabon lab and x-ray’ in Chalong.

At Mission Hospital, the test costs B800 and takes about one to two hours for test results to be confirmed. To be issued an extra letter confirming the patient’s test results (not just the results form) will cost B300 more for Thai nationals (total B1,100) and B500 more for foreigners (total B1,300). Such letters are usually used to present to employers and government officials. For more information, people were advised to call 076-237220.

At Patong Hospital, the test costs B500 for Thais and B700 for foreigners. The cost includes the test results certificate. For more information, people were advised to call 076-342633 (press 0 for call operator). 

At Thalang Hospital, the test costs B500 regardless of nationality and will be conducted only from 8am-9:45am on Monday to Friday. The test results take about two to three hours. The cost includes the test results certificate. For more information, people were advised to call 076-311033.  

At Nabon lab, the test costs B450 also regardless of nationality. Tests are conducted from 9am-6pm. Tests must be conducted before 1pm in order to receive the test result on the same day. The cost includes the standard test results certificate, but the extra letter will cost an extra B150, for both Thais and foreigners. For more information, people were advised to call 076-619702.

The announcement of the four test locations comes amid a flurry of announcements by the Phuket Info Center about how to safely conduct a rapid antigen test at home using a test kit, and how to interpret the results correctly.

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Paddy | 16 July 2021 - 10:55:08

Kurt correct 100%. I give Bkk hospital 10 out of 10, they saved my life. They discovered I had a very rare type of blood cancer PCV after a lot of tests but without operation on me . But mission is like Vachira a 1940's style hospital, it's like going back in time when you see the place, a kip, but feel sorry for the nice nurses who work there.

Paddy | 16 July 2021 - 10:32:37

ematt, I had to wait 10 hours for 2 days in a row to see the surgeon with their farang lady translator present, no miscommunication between us,  they misdiagnosed me plain and simple.

Paddy | 16 July 2021 - 10:22:01

ematt, glad you are happy with those quacks . I'm glad I panicked as you say , it probably saved my life. They charge around the same prices as the international and Bangkok hospitals , who are modern with all the latest technology unlike mission who had to send me to bangkok hospital for a simple ultrasound. 

ematt | 16 July 2021 - 07:54:18

Hey Paddy I've had nothing but excellent and affordable care at Mission Hospital for 20 years. Maybe you panicked and misunderstood what they were telling you. Judging from your posts, you are a little quick to jump to conclusions and tend to make broad sweeping generalizations. 

Kurt | 16 July 2021 - 01:13:58

@Paddy, there are here good and bad doctors. The bad ones not even have the professional level of a west european nurse. That are the guys who bought themselves up the stairs of education, from kindergarten till doctors degree. Some Consulates have a list of good professional doctors/specialist. Consult them for advice before you are laying your body in hands of just 'money makers'.

Christy Sweet | 15 July 2021 - 18:54:25

500 baht at Thalang with papers seems reasonable-let's see how long that single pricing lasts, and  will it get me on a plane to USA  or back over  the Malaysia border by car?   

Paddy | 15 July 2021 - 16:22:11

It only gets worse. Mission so called hospital run by quacks . Wanted to remove my spleen, misdiagnosed me, told me I needed the operation immediately or I would die . I told them to go ... themselves and went to Bangkok hospital, still got my spleen 3 years later. Should be closed down, a disgrace to the medical profession.

Xi_Virus | 15 July 2021 - 13:56:47

Regardless of nationality Thai or Non-Thai, VIRUS-screening MUST be FREE. Most of Thais who are living under the standard of living, will NEVER pay since they can't afford it.

Although the convicted criminal miniXter (White-Powder-Trafficker), drives Bentley, Rolls-Royce and has Billions of $ in various bank accounts. He is ONLY one of the TEAM-criminals...

Fascinated | 15 July 2021 - 13:17:06

Good old dual pricing strikes again.

CaptainJack69 | 15 July 2021 - 13:07:41

Dual pricing is disgusting enough without applying it to something as essential as COVID tests. Never mind the fact they should be free. Keep buying those submarines Mr. Prayut.


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