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Updated Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in Pharmacies

Announcement

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program in Pharmacies is temporarily suspended.

Alberta Health has announced updates to COVID-19 testing recommendations for Albertans.

This is in response to reduce testing wait times, speed up access to results and support Albertans during influenza season and the winter months.


Effective October 20th, 2020 COVID-19 testing in Alberta is recommended for the following:

Albertans are to get tested at an AHS testing facility (not at pharmacies) if:

  • They have symptoms of COVID-19
  • They are close contacts of a confirmed case, whether symptomatic or not.
  • They are linked to a known outbreak, whether symptomatic or not.

Albertans requiring an Asymptomatic COVID-19 Test for travel-related purposes & require supporting documentation can contact Dynalife Labs or visit https://www.dynalife.ca/travel

The Government of Alberta will continue to monitor the spread of the virus.


The Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program in Pharmacies is temporarily suspended.

Alberta Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Program

Alberta Pharmacists have a broad scope of practice that enables them to be at the forefront of patient care. As a result of the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association ongoing work with Alberta Health, a program has been launched to allow pharmacists to conduct COVID-19 testing for Asymptomatic Albertans.


What is a COVID-19 Testing Clinic?

Before London Drugs considered participation in this Asymptomatic testing program, we evaluated the safety of our staff first and foremost. The emphasis needs to be made that this is for Asymptomatic individuals only. Prior to any testing, individuals interested in Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing will be screened by the pharmacists to assess eligibility. Eligibility for the test hinges on the individual having no known symptoms AND no known exposure to COVID-19. It is important to note that anyone exhibiting any symptoms, or anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, will be immediately referred to Health Link at 811, told to self-isolate and not come to the pharmacy.


How will you benefit from COVID-19 Screening?

Pharmacists are highly trained and strategically located across the province to help secure the restart of the economy and ensure the safety of our family, friends, patients and communities. Our staff and customers we encounter every day in our stores are good examples of individuals who may be interested in this program. With Alberta’s provincial relaunch underway and rising number of cases throughout the province, London Drugs’ participating in this program will be critical to the ongoing health & wellness of Albertans. The short-term purpose of this program is to conduct enhanced COVID-19 surveillance to understand the prevalence in Alberta’s population. Long-Term the program may be used to create critical surge capacity for outbreak scenarios where local testing capacity is fully consumed by symptomatic testing.


What to know before your Clinic visit

The testing consists of a throat swab performed by a trained pharmacist and evaluated by the provincial lab. In the event of a positive result, the patient will be linked to care from Alberta Health Services where contact tracing will be performed.

The Asymptomatic COVID-19 testing program in Pharmacies is temporarily suspended.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Our nasal swabs will only go about 1.5 cm into your nostrils for about 15 seconds, unlike nasopharyngeal swabs that are uncomfortable.
  2. We do not perform nasopharyngeal specimen collection.
  1. They will be e-mailed to you at the address provided at the time of your booking.
  1. 24 hours from time of collection.
  1. Generally, yes, however, COVID-19 travel requirements vary by country and are constantly changing. You may find more information about travel requirements on the IATA website.
  1. Our lab is Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP) certified. Medical diagnostics in British Columbia are held to DAP standards. ISO 15189 standards are a subset of DAP’s standards. In summary, our operations exceed ISO 15189 specifications.
  2. Our collection centers and labs are DAP certified so by extension they are ISO 15189 compliant.
  3. You can read more about DAP’s standards here.
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