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Antigen Rapid Test Centre (ART Centre)

From 28 June 2021, registered visitors, including caregivers, who fulfill the visiting criteria below and are staying in the ward beyond the duration allowed, are required to undergo a COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART).

  • Compassionate grounds: DIL/ICU patients
  • Patients requiring additional care support: visitor support for inpatients lacking mental capacity; visitors involved in caregiver training, caregivers
  • Birthing/post-partum mothers

All other nominated visitors should still adhere to the 30-minute visit duration, during visiting hours. Those who walk-in ART Centre without valid justification for ART, may be rejected.

Visitors must test negative before they are allowed entry, and the results will only be valid for the day of their visit. Alternatively, visitors can also show a negative result of their PCR test taken in the last 24 hours. Self-testing kit result will not be accepted.

For more information about our visitors policy, click here.

For visitors with urgent need

Visitors with urgent need (e.g. patient pass away, patient due for delivery, urgent conference with doctors) are allowed to the ward to settle their immediate needs first.

For newly admitted patient

On your admission, our staff will share with you and your caregiver more information about the ART.

For existing inpatient

The designated caregiver will receive an SMS with information about undergoing ART. You can also check with our visitors services


Antigen Rapid Test (ART) Centre

Bowyer Block, 11 Third Hospital Ave

Singapore 168751

Operating Hours: 8am to 6pm daily

What to expect at the ART Centre?

What to expect at the ART Centre?


What is Antigen Rapid Testing (ART)?

ART is a test to screen for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. It involves using a swab stick inserted into your nostrils to obtain a sample to be tested. Results will be available after 15 to 20 minutes. 

How will the test be done? Is it painful?

A swab stick will be inserted into your nostrils to obtain a sample for testing. You may experience a bit of discomfort. The feeling goes away as quickly as the test is done. A result will be available in about 15 to 20 minutes time.

What happens if my ART result is positive?

Should your ART result be positive, you will be sent to an isolation room before our colleagues transfer you to our Isolation Ward for further evaluation.

I already did an ART yesterday before I visited my loved one/patient, do I still need to repeat the test today?

The result for a negative ART is only valid for the day of visit, you will be required to repeat the test again the following day.

You are required to show proof of the last ART done during your visit if ART has been performed outside of SGH. Please plan ahead when to repeat the ART within our ART Centre’s operating hours, from 8:00AM to 6:00PM (last case at 5:30PM) and allow for 15 to 20 minutes waiting time for the ART results.

Do I need to register at the Visitor Services Counter first before reporting to the ART centre?

Yes, you need to be a nominated visitor/caregiver first to qualify for ART. Once registered, you do not have to report to the Visitor Services Counter daily to update your nomination status. Instead, please proceed directly to the ART Centre upon arrival at SGH. After you have received your ART result (negative), you will be provided with an ART sticker. After which, you may proceed to the gantries at the respective blocks that you are visiting.

I am already vaccinated. Should I still undergo ART?

ART is a precautionary measure to keep our patients and visitors safe. You are still required to undergo ART if you fulfill the visiting criteria and are staying for more than 20 minutes by the patient’s bedside regardless of your vaccination status.

I have no symptoms. Should I still go for ART?

ART is required for all visitors/caregivers/private nurses who fulfill the visiting criteria and will be spending more than 20 minutes in the ward. This is part of our precautionary measure. This is for the safety of all our patients, visitors and staff.

I do not want to be swabbed. Is this compulsory?

ART is mandatory for visitors/caregivers/private nurses who will be spending more than 20 minutes in the ward and fulfill the visiting criteria. This is for the safety of all our patients, visitors and staff. You will not be allowed to stay beyond 20 minutes in the ward if you decline ART.

If my loved one/patient is admitted in an SGH ward within OCH, should I still undergo ART?

Yes, you are required to undergo ART if you will be spending more than 20 minutes in the ward and fulfill the visiting criteria. This a precautionary measure to keep you, our patients, visitors and staff safe.