All about diagnostic tests

All about diagnostic tests

Last update: 26/02/2021

Faced with a resurgence of positive cases of COVID-19, the Government wished to set up a National Screening Centre at the Espace Léo Ferré.

The aim is to regulate and co-ordinate PCR testing in order to optimise the time taken to obtain results.

This screening center welcomes any Monegasque, Monegasque resident or insured in Monaco or any student educated in Monaco, with or without a medical prescription but with the obligation to make an appointment in advance by calling the call center.

Only people who are symptomatic or are high-risk contacts can be tested there.

 

If you have symptoms, contact your doctor or call the COVID call centre (92 05 55 00), which will inform you of the procedure for obtaining a PCR test if necessary.

If you think you have been in contact with someone positive for COVID-19, and you have no apparent symptoms, strictly observe the barrier measures (wearing a mask, hand washing, social distancing) including with your loved ones. If after 5 days, no symptoms have appeared, the risk becomes low that you have been infected.

However, we recommend that you consult this document which will tell you in detail the procedure to follow.

PCR test

This test allows you to determine, by taking a sample from the nose, if you are infected at the time of the testing. It is then analyzed in the laboratory. The results are generally available within 48 hours.

It is recommended to perform a PCR test in the following cases:

  • You are over 65 and have symptoms
  • You have symptoms and have other pathologies (respiratory failure, heart, diabetes ...) and you are at risk of a severe form of COVID
  • You have had symptoms for more than 4 days
  • You are a high or low risk contact case
  1. I am in one of these 4 cases, I call my doctor, who will prescribe me a PCR test. I must then contact the Call Center at 92.05.55.00 for it to register my request. Then I will be contacted directly by the national screening center (Espace Léo Ferre) in order to arrange an appointment for my screening (reimbursed by social security). I will have my results within 48 hours.
  2. If I am not in one of these 4 cases, but still want to do a PCR test, I can go to a laboratory in town. My test will be reimbursed with or without a prescription

More about PCR Tests

ANTIGEN test

This test, also carried out from a nasal sample, looks for proteins on the surface of the virus. They are only detectable if the virus is present. It does not need to be analyzed in the laboratory and the results are available between 10 and 30 minutes.

It is recommended to do an antigen test in the following cases:

  • If you want to be tested, without being identified as a high or low risk contact case
  • If you have had symptoms for less than 4 days

More about ANTIGEN tests

 

TROD test

This is a Rapid Diagnostic Orientation Test (TROD). They are of 2 types:

  • TROD serological: its objective is to know if you have been in contact with the virus Antigenic nasopharyngeal
  • TROD: its purpose is to find out if you are infected with the virus at the time of the test

More about TROD tests

Blood test

The blood sample can be taken in an analytical laboratory. It lets you know if you have been in contact with the virus. If the test is positive, it may be necessary to perform a PCR to find out if you are still infected with the virus.

Only tests with a CE label and included on the list published on the website of the French Ministry of Health may be used.

The list is available here, should you wish to consult it: https://covid-19.sante.gouv.fr/tests.

PCR tests in the Principality:

  • Laboratoire d’analyses médicales des moneghetti, 41 boulevard du Jardin Exotique, (+377) 93 50 99 00

Antigen tests in the Principality:

  • Pharmacie de l’Annonciade, 24 boulevard d’Italie, (+377) 93 50 50 31
  • Pharmacie de l’Estoril, 31 avenue Princesse Grace, (+377) 93 50 44 33
  • Pharmacie de Fontvieille, 25 avenue Albert II, (+377) 97 97 61 40
  • Pharmacie Internationale, 22 rue Grimaldi, (+377) 93 30 35 99
  • Pharmacie du Jardin Exotique, 31 avenue Hector Otto, (+377) 93 30 09 66
  • Pharmacie des Moulins, 27 boulevard des Moulins, (+377) 93 50 65 85
  • Pharmacie de Monte-Carlo, 4 boulevard des Moulins, (+377) 93 30 83 10
  • Pharmacie Wehrel, 2 boulevard d’Italie, (+377) 93 50 64 77
  • Pharmacie Ferry, 1 rue Grimaldi, (+377) 93 30 21 94
  • Pharmacie Bughin, 26 boulevard Princesse Charlotte, (+377) 97 70 05 05
  • Pharmacie Rocher, 15 rue Comte Felix Gastaldi, (+377) 93 30 81 14
  • Pharmacie Plati, 5 Rue Plati, 98000 Monaco, +377 93 30 13 43
  • Pharmacie Médecin, 19 Boulevard Albert 1er, 98000 Monaco, +377 93 30 17 06
  • Dr Pierre BURGHGRAEVE, 30 boulevard Princesse Charlotte, (+377) 97 70 59 09
  • Dr Zuzana MINICONI, médecin généraliste, 20 boulevard d’Italie ; (+33) 6 48 83 38 28
  • Dr Stéphanie DE SMET, pédiatre, 26 rue Grimaldi, (+377) 99 90 96 16
  • Dr Lisa MEBARKI, médecin du sport, 2 rue de la Lujerneta, (+377) 92 05 76 01
  • Mme Isabelle SUIN, infirmière libérale

TROD test in the Principality:

  • Pharmacie de l’Annonciade, 24 boulevard d’Italie, (+377) 93 50 50 31 ;
  • Pharmacie Bughin, 26 boulevard Princesse Charlotte, (+377) 97 70 05 05
  • Pharmacie de l’Estoril, 31 avenue Princesse Grace, (+377) 93 50 44 33
  • Pharmacie Ferry, 1 rue Grimaldi, (+377) 93 30 21 94
  • Pharmacie de Fontvieille, 25 avenue Albert II, (+377) 97 97 61 40
  • Pharmacie Internationale, 22 rue Grimaldi, (+377) 93 30 35 99
  • Pharmacie du Jardin Exotique, 31 avenue Hector Otto, (+377) 93 30 09 66
  • Pharmacie de Monte-Carlo, 4 boulevard des Moulins, (+377) 93 30 83 10
  • Pharmacie Rocher, 15 rue Comte Felix Gastaldi, (+377) 93 30 81 14
  • Pharmacie Wehrel, 2 boulevard d’Italie, (+377) 93 50 64 77
  • Pharmacie Carnot, 37 boulevard du Jardin Exotique, (+377) 93 30 86 67
  • Pharmacie Centrale, 1 Place d’Armes, (+377) 93 30 21 01
  • Pharmacie Médecin, 19 boulevard Albert Ier, (+377) 93 30 17 06
  • Pharmacie Plati, 5 rue Plati, (+377) 93 30 13 43
  • Dr Suzana MINICONI ; médecin généraliste, 20 boulevard d’Italie ; (+33) 6 48 83 38 28
  • Dr Roland MARQUET, médecin généraliste, 20 boulevard d’Italie ; (+377) 93 50 18 51
  • Dr Jacqueline ROUGE, médecin généraliste, 38 boulevard des Moulins ; (+377) 93 50 20 33
  • Dr Gaël SAUSER, 1 avenue Saint Laurent, (+377) 93 15 03 03
  • Dr Thomas KILLIAN,1 avenue Saint Laurent, (+377) 93 15 03 03
  • M. Patrick AUDOLI, infirmier libéral, (+33) 6 07 10 73 71

No, it is not possible to go to the National Screening Centre by on your own.

The aim of the Léo Ferré National Screening Centre is to regulate and co-ordinate PCR testing, in particular to optimise the waiting time for results.

The centre is intended for Monegasques, residents, employees and children who attend school in the Principality, whether they are symptomatic or contact cases, who are affiliated to the Monegasque social security organisations.

It is essential to have a medical prescription issued either by a local GP, a doctor from the Department of Health Affairs (DASA), a doctor from the Home Patient Follow-up Centre, a doctor from the Office of Occupational Medicine or a school doctor.

The doctor will request an appointment at the National Screening Centre, and the person to be tested will then be directly informed of the day and time of the screening.

The National Screening Centre will therefore not receive anyone without an appointment.

In all other cases, people are invited to make an appointment at a private laboratory in town for a test to be carried out. The Monaco medical analysis laboratory will carry out tests for patients with or without prescriptions who are required to undergo a PCR test or who wish to be tested for personal reasons.

 

If you have any questions, please call the COVID-19 call centre on 92 05 55 00.

Yes, you can visit your normal doctor, a private nurse or a chemist.

All of these health professionals have received prior training to enable them to carry out these tests.

 

If you are asymptomatic and wish to be tested for personal reasons (TROD or antigen test in a pharmacy), or if you are obliged to undergo a PCR test (for a sports club, travel, etc.), the Monaco medical analysis laboratory will take a sample with or without a prescription by appointment.

Asymptomatic or non-contact cases who wish to be tested for a trip or for personal or professional reasons must make an appointment with a private laboratory for a PCR test.

Contact: 93.50.99.00

Hours: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Location: Moneghetti Medical Analysis Laboratory, 41 boulevard du Jardin-Exotique

Results: 24 hours maximum

Price: around 100 euros

Your employer cannot oblige you to have a test.

If you are asymptomatic or a non-contact case and wish to be tested, you must make an appointment with a private laboratory for a PCR test.

Yes.

Personal information will only be available to accredited individuals for the purposes of patient monitoring, maintaining full anonymity for those treated.

General and anonymised statistical data may be disseminated by the Government to track the spread of the virus in the country.

The COVID-19 testing campaign conducted by the Prince’s Government has allowed nearly 38,209 people to be tested in the Principality.

Those tested have expressed their satisfaction at being able to find out their serological status quickly and free of charge.

As of 15 June, of the 38,209 people tested, a total of 983 rapid diagnostic tests were positive. Following serological confirmation through a full blood test, 228 people were confirmed to be positive, representing 0.67% of all those tested.

Only one case of active COVID-19 was identified and was subject to monitoring protocols.

In addition to Monegasque residents and employees, the following were tested:

  • 259 children under 5 at Grimaldi Forum and in crèches
  • 2.377 school pupils at test sites
  • 5.838 people over 65 in their homes if they had trouble travelling

Once the child was registered with the school nurses, a screening schedule school by school is established.

 

On the date of the screening, the pupils of the facility in question are sent to the Espace Léo Ferré.  In the event that the school is too far away and does not allow students to walk there, they will be brought by privatized buses.

The results will be communicated within 24-48 hours directly to the families by the COVID-19 cell in order to respect medical confidentiality.

Note that underage patients who are not systematically accompanied by their legal representative or have parental consent (document to download here) cannot be screened.

YES, as part of your screening by a PCR test at the national Leo Ferre screening center by appointment, you may be offered, if you are of age and on a voluntary basis, to participate in the study of oral tests.

These "string" tests are not carried out independently of the PCR tests.

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