Nasopharyngeal swabs can be performed at authorized GSD facilities for the diagnosis of COVID-19. The test is a quick, painless and comprehensive diagnostic examination that allows to detect positivity to the new coronavirus.
What is the nasopharyngeal swab?
It is a diagnostic test that measures possible presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus (responsible for the coronavirus epidemic) in the upper airways in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Unlike the Serological Test, the throat swab also detects the ongoing contagiousness.
How is it done?
The test is performed using a swab (similar to a cotton swab) that painlessly takes small tissue samples of the oral and nasal mucosa. No fasting or preparation is required.
After having carefully sealed it, the sample is sent to the microbiology lab and subjected to a particular procedure called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) which allows the amplification of viral microorganisms and the identification of presence of pathogens.
When will I have the results?
The test produces positive or negative result for the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The report is available within 48-72 hours and can be viewed online.
What to do in case of a positive result?
In the event of a positive result, the result is communicated to the competent health authorities (ATS) and the patient is required to isolate him-/herself until further indications from the aforementioned authorities.
At the GSD facilities nasopharyngeal swab for private patients costs € 90-92.
Mandatory swab for those returning from France, Croatia, Spain, Greece and Malta: how it works and where to do it?
Returning travelers from Paris and other areas of France, Croatia, Spain, Greece and Malta can perform a COVID-swab in one of the GSD facilities in Milan: Smart Clinic, Policlinico San Donato, Sant'Ambrogio Clinical Institute, Palazzo della Salute.
Mandatory self-certification for those returning from France, Croatia, Spain, Greece and Malta
For those who have stayed or transited through France, Croatia, Greece, Malta or Spain it is mandatory to communicate their entry into Italy to the local health authority of reference.
For those who reside or will stay in the Province of Milan, the communication will be sent to the Milan ATS by filling in the online form.
For those who reside or will stay in the Province of Bergamo, the communication must be sent to the Prevention Department of the Bergamo ATS by completing the online form.
How to book and where to do non-obligatory swab as a private patient?
Ospedale San Raffaele (via Olgettina 60, 20132 Milan)
The swab is performed:
- at the San Gabriele Dibit2 sampling room, floor -1, from Monday to Friday from 7.30 to 12.30.
- at the Sector R sampling room, floor -1, from Monday to Friday from 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
Sant'Ambrogio Clinical Institute / Palazzo della Salute, Viale Teodorico 25, 20149 Milan
Book the nasopharyngeal swab:
- by calling 02.83468966 from Monday to Saturday, from 12.00 to 18.00
- by sending an email to email@example.com
Cost is €90.
Policlinico San Donato (piazza Edmondo Malan 2, 20097, San Donato Milanese, Milan)
Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute (via Riccardo Galeazzi 4, 20161, Milan)
The nasopharyngeal swab performed from Monday to Friday from 18.00 to 19.15. Cost is €90.
You can book the tampon only online.
Punti RAF Resnati
For information and booking of the swab in one of the RAF points located in Milan contact the International patients call-center on 02.58187818. Cost is €90.
Smart Clinic Oriocenter
For information and booking the swab as a private patient call 035.0692159 or book online. Cost is € 90
The reports can be viewed online, after receiving a text message or an e-mail confirming their availability.