Assessment Centre and Testing

Location

The Community Assessment Centre in Kingston is located at the Beechgrove Complex (just south of the King St. West / Portsmouth Ave. intersection).  Please follow directional signage through the Beechgrove grounds to the Assessment Centre at 51 Heakes Lane.  For a map of the Beechgrove Complex, click here.

Hours  

Open every day (including weekends) 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTE:   Weekly COVID-19 antigen testing is NOT available at Beechgrove Assessment Centre.  Unvaccinated individuals requiring weekly surveillance (antigen) testing for COVID-19 cannot be tested at a COVID-19 Assessment Centre, including the Beechgrove site.  Provincial Directive #6 clearly states that employers are required to establish a testing plan for unvaccinated employees.

Before you attend the COVID-19 Assessment Centre

Please use the online COVID-19 Assessment Tool first if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus. The tool will help you to determine if you need to seek further care.  Also available is a screen-before-school-tool for parents.

Who should seek testing?

You are eligible for testing at an Assessment Centre if you:

  • are symptomatic:  This means you are showing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 that are new, worsening or different from your usual health status: fever/chills; cough; shortness of breath; new smell or taste disorder; fatigue/lethargy, malaise; muscle pain; nausea/vomiting/diarrhea; sore throat; runny nose, nasal congestion; abdominal pain; headache; conjunctivitis (pink eye); decreased appetite or lack of appetite for young children.
  • have had high-risk/close contacts
  • are asymptomatic and fit into one of these designated priority populations:
    • workers, visitors and government inspectors of long-term care homes
    • temporary foreign workers, for the purposes of international travel
    • individuals who identify as Indigenous
    • individuals, and one accompanying caregiver, with written prior approval for out-of-country medical services from the General Manager, OHIP
    • individuals who are travelling into remote/isolated First Nation and Indigenous communities for work purposes.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  • You will be assessed when you arrive at Assessment Centre to determine if you meet the criteria to be swabbed.
  • The Assessment Centre is no longer permitted by the Province to provide testing related to international travel.  
  • The Assessment Centre cannot do COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals who have travelled outside the region, had visitors from outside the region or moved from outside the region as these activities are not currently considered to be risk factors for COVID-19.  Symptomatic individuals can be tested.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Please bring a valid Ontario health card or photo identification. 
  • Please bring confirmation of your email booking with you to the appointment.
  • Please arrive on time for your booked test.  Give yourself one hour to complete the testing process.

  • We ask that you avoid bringing well children or other healthy members of the community (e.g., friends, neighbours, drivers).

How do I make an appointment for testing?

You have two options:

  • Online booking
    • One person can book appointments for up to five (5) people.
    • New time slots will be made available every 2 days.
    • Those who have booked online should bring confirmation of their email booking.
  • ​​Telephone booking
    • Booked appointments can be requested by calling 613-548-2376.
    • Phones will answered from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily.

* 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 to receive COVID-19 testing at the Kingston COVID-19 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 timeslot 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.

To book a COVID-19 testing appointment online, click here.

 

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, KFL&A Public Health will contact you. A public health nurse will call to start contact tracing and will be in touch daily to check in during your isolation period.

What if I have questions or concerns about the Assessment Centre?

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