Location & Hours:
Located at the Beechgrove Complex (just south of the King St. West / Portsmouth Ave. intersection) 51 Heakes Lane, Kingston (for map of the Beechgrove Complex, click here)
Effective July 1, 2022: Closed weekends and statutory holidays. Open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PLEASE NOTE: The Assessment Centre at Beechgrove does not have a doctor on site. If you think you require medical attention for your COVID-19 symptoms and/or think that you may qualify for anti-viral treatment (screen yourself here), then contact your family doctor. If you do not have a family doctor or cannot access your family doctor, visit https://kingstonhsc.ca/report/right-place-right-care to understand your options. Note: COVID-19 anti-viral treatment must be started within 5 days of symptom onset so contacting a healthcare provider as soon as possible is important.
COVID-19 PCR Testing
To book a PCR test you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Symptomatic** people who fall into one of the following groups:
- People 70 years and older
- People 60 years and older who have fewer than 3 doses of COVID-19 vaccine
- People who are immunocompromised**
(**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)
- Adults aged 18 years and older who have had fewer than 3 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and have risk conditions**
(**risk conditions: 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)
Other people at higher risk of severe disease who may be eligible for COVID-19 treatments if they test positive (screen here to see if you are eligible)
- Patient-facing health care workers
- Staff, volunteers, residents/inpatients, essential care providers, and visitors in highest risk settings**
**highest risk settings: Include hospitals (including complex continuing care facilities and paramedic services) and congregate living settings, including 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
- Staff and students in Provincial and Demonstration schools
- International Agriculture Workers in congregate living settings
- Patients seeking emergency medical care, at the discretion of the treating clinician
- Other outpatients for whom a diagnostic test is required for clinical management, at the discretion of the treating clinician
People who are underhoused or experiencing homelessness
First responders, including police, firefighters and paramedics
Elementary/secondary students and education staff who have received a PCR self-collection kit through their school. Kits can be returned to the Beechgrove COVID-19 Assessment Centre 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
- Symptomatic/asymptomatic people:
- 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
- People in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in highest-risk settings as directed by the local Public Health Unit
- Close contacts and people in the context of confirmed or suspected outbreaks in highest risk settings as directed by the local public health unit
- 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 anaesthetic 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.
Symptoms: The following symptoms and signs may indicate infection with COVID-19: fever/chills; OR cough; OR shortness of breath; OR decrease or loss of smell or taste; extreme fatigue; sore throat; muscle aches or joint pain; gastrointestinal symptoms (i.e., vomiting or diarrhea).
PCR testing: Book HERE or call 613-548-2376.
PCR testing at pharmacies: COVID-19 PCR testing is also available at select local pharmacies for those who qualify. Click here for the complete list of pharmacies.
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 in 2 to 5 days. To obtain your result visit COVID-19.Ontario.ca and click on “View your test results.” 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.
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