COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Location & Hours:

Located at the Beechgrove Complex (just south of the King St. West / Portsmouth Ave. intersection), 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston (click here for map)

Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Closed weekends and statutory holidays. 

Please note that the last day of operation for the COVID-19 Assessment Centre at Beechgrove Complex will be Friday, February 24. 

Beechgrove COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic:

  • COVID-19 bivalent (omicron-containing) and flu vaccination appointments for those 12+:  1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday - Friday.
  • FOR VACCINATION:  Book HERE or call 613-548-2376
    • Walk-ins are accepted 2 - 3 p.m. Wednesday - Friday.
    • It is recommended that you wait 3-6 months from a previous dose of COVID-19 vaccine and/or COVID-19 illness (at least 84 days). You must have completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series before receiving your bivalent booster: 2 doses (general population) or 3 doses (immunocompromised persons).
    • KFL&A Public Health offers COVID-19 bivalent + Flu vaccination appointments for all ages at the Beechgrove Assessment Centre site on Saturdays. Book by clicking this link.

Beechgrove COVID-19 PCR Testing:  

  • COVID-19 PCR testing appointments for eligible* individuals:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday.

  • FOR PCR TESTING:  Book HERE or call 613-548-2376

  • COVID-19 PCR testing is also available at select local pharmacies for those who qualify.  Click here for the complete list of pharmacies.

  • NOTE: 
    • The Assessment Centre DOES NOT have a doctor on site. If you think you require medical attention for your COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please visit https://kingstonhsc.ca/report/right-place-right-care to understand your options. 

    • NEW!: Pharmacists can now prescribe Paxlovid to eligible individuals in person or by phone at no cost. Eligible individuals should contact their local pharmacy to confirm if they prescribe Paxlovid and how to get a prescription. Note: COVID-19 anti-viral treatment must be started within 5 days of symptom onset.  To learn more, please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-testing-and-treatment#section-5.

Individuals eligible* for a COVID-19 PCR test must meet at least one of the criteria outlined by Provincial Testing Guidance. See below for summary of eligibility.

Members of the general public with mild symptoms of COVID-19 generally do not require confirmatory PCR COVID-19 testing. Rapid antigen test kits are available to members of the public at no cost through select grocery stores and pharmacies.

Symptomatic individuals who fall into one of the following groups are eligible for a COVID-19 PCR test:

Those considered to be at high-risk of severe disease from a COVID-19 infection and are a candidate for COVID-19 anti-viral treatment (Paxlovid). Symptoms started within the last 5 days and you are:

  • 60 years of age and older
  • 18 years of age and older with at least 1 risk factor* (*obesity (BMI ≥ 30), diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic respiratory disease including cystic fibrosis, cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, sickle cell disease, moderate or severe kidney disease (eGFR < 60 mL/min), or moderate or severe liver disease (e.g., Child Pugh Class B or C cirrhosis)
  • 18 years of age and older and under-vaccinated (0 or only 1 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine)
  • 18 years of age and older and it has been more than 6 months since you were infected with COVID-19 and since your last COVID-19 vaccine
  • Still unsure? Screen yourself here to see if you are eligible.

Other symptomatic individuals that are eligible for COVID-19 PCR test include:

  • Individuals who are immunocompromised** (**receiving active cancer treatment, anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies, transplant recipient on anti-rejection medications, advanced or untreated HIV, congenital immunodeficiency disorders, receiving biologic medications, receiving oral corticosteroids at a dose equal to or greater than 20 mg/day of prednisone for more than 2 weeks)
  • Pregnant people
  • Healthcare workers providing patient care
  • Staff, volunteers, residents, essential care providers, and visitors in highest-risk*** setting (***hospitals, complex continuing care facilities, paramedic services, congregate living settings, long-term care, retirement homes, First Nation elder care lodges, group homes, shelters, hospices and correctional institutions)
  • Household members of workers in highest risk settings and patient-facing health care workers
  • Home and community care workers
  • International Agriculture Workers in congregate living settings
  • Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
  • People who are under-housed or experiencing homelessness
  • First responders, including police, firefighters and paramedics

Asymptomatic (no symptoms) individuals who fall into one of the following groups:

  • Individuals from a First Nation, Inuit, Métis community and/or who self-identify as First Nation, Inuit and Métis, and their household members.
  • Individuals travelling into First Nation, Inuit, Métis communities for work.
  • On admission/transfer to or from hospital or congregate setting.
  • Work in a highest risk setting, and within the last 10 days, have had a close contact with an individual with symptoms of COVID-19 or who has tested positive, for the purposes of facilitating return-to-work, as directed by sector-specific guidance or Infection Prevention and Control or Occupational Health staff.
  • Individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP.
  • Any patient with a scheduled surgical procedure requiring a general anesthetic 24-48 hours prior to procedure date.
  • Newborns born to people with confirmed COVID-19 at the time of birth within 24 hours of delivery, with a repeat test 48 hours after birth if baseline test is negative OR is the parental test results are pending at the time of discharge.
  • People 24-48 hours prior to treatment for cancer OR prior to hemodialysis, at the discretion of the treating physician.

What do I need to bring with me to an appointment?

  • a valid Ontario health card or photo identification
  • confirmation of your email booking with you to the appointment
  • please avoid bringing well children or other healthy members of the community (e.g., friends, neighbours, drivers).

Please arrive on time.  Give yourself one hour to complete the testing process.

What do I do AFTER getting tested?

Ask the health care professional performing your test what you need to do after getting tested. Carefully read and follow the instructions you are provided (also posted below) for details on whether or not you are required to self-isolate, and when you can return to work or school. 

How do I obtain my COVID-19 test result?

Your COVID-19 test result should be available within 48 hours. To obtain your result, visit Ontario Health's COVID-19 test results portal. A valid (green) Ontario photo health card is required. If you do not see your result, please contact your family doctor.

If you cannot access the online viewer or do not have a family doctor, call 613-544-3400 extension 4204. Please leave your full name (include spelling of last name), date of birth and date of testing. Your call will be returned within 24 hours. We can only respond to calls related to testing.

If your test result is positive, you should also notify your close contacts. A close contact is anyone you were less than two metres away from for at least 15 minutes, or multiple shorter lengths of time, without personal protective equipment in the 48 hours before your symptoms began or your positive test result, whichever came first.

What if I have questions?

You can send them to COVIDAC@KingstonHSC.ca. We will do our best to respond within 2 business days.

* Privacy and use of booking tool

KHSC is using a third-party tool, Coconut, to collect your name and contact information in order to book an appointment for you at the Assessment Centre.  By using this tool you are agreeing to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy of Coconut. Information that you enter into Coconut is stored on servers in Canada.  A parent or guardian is required to book an assessment time slot on behalf of children under the age of 16 years. Do not enter the information for your child under the age of 16 years. As the parent or guardian, you must enter your name and email address on Coconut when booking.  If you do not wish to book your appointment through Coconut, please contact the Assessment Centre by phone using the information above.