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Posted On: 29 July 2020 03:48 pm
Updated On: 5 August 2020 10:53 am

List of private hospitals and clinics offering COVID-19 testing

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The Ministry of Public Health released a memo last June stating that private health care facilities are allowed to carry out swabbing for the COVID-19 test and send the swabs to Hamad Medical Corporation laboratories for testing. This applies only for COVID-19 PCR testing and other rapid testing methods are not permitted. Private health care facilities can offer the COVID-19 test after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Public Health.

These are the private hospitals and clinics offering the COVID-19 swab test:

Please note that you need to book an appointment before you can go for the swab test. Prices mentioned are as of July 29, 2020, and include the result/certificate. You need to bring your QID/passport during your appointment.

Take note that timings may vary during the Eid Al Adha holiday. Kindly contact the clinic or hospital directly to set-up an appointment and for updated information.

1. Al Ahli Hospital

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 - 48 hours
  • Timings: Saturday to Thursday 8 am to 8 pm
  • Location: Al Ahli Hospital at Wadi Al Sail; Al Ahli Al Wakra; Urgent Care unit at Al Wakra
  • Contact for appointment: 4489 888/ 4489 8000

2. Al Emadi Hospital

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 hours approx.
  • Location: Al Nuaija, Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 4477 6444

3. Allevia Medical Center

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 - 48 hours
  • Timings: 7 am to 12 am Saturday to Thursday
  • Location: Near Grand Hypermarket, Al Mashaf, Qatar
  • Contact for appointment: 4441 2999

4. Aster Medical Center and Aster Hospital

  • Price: QAR 480 per person
  • Results after 24-36 hours. Once the report is ready you will receive an SMS from HMC and the hard copy of the report can be collected from reception.
  • Timings: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; 9 pm to 12 mn (Aster C Ring)
  • Location: Aster C Ring road and Aster Hospital (Al Salah St)
  • Contact for appointment: 4444 0499

5. Doha Clinic Hospital

  • Price: QAR 500
  • Results after 24 to 48 hours. Once they are ready you receive a notification message on your phone.
  • Note: no insurance coverage
  • Timings: 8 am to 9 pm
  • Location: New Al Mirqab Street, Fereej Al Nasr Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 4438 4333

6. Elite Medical Center

  • Price: QAR 500
  • Results after 24 hours approx.
  • Note: no insurance coverage
  • Timings: 9 am to 6:30 pm
  • Location: Al Jazeera Al Arabiya St, Bin Omran Area, Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 4496 0970 / 4497 0960

7. Future Medical Center

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 to 48 hours
  • Note: no insurance coverage
  • Location: AlWaab, Opposite Villagio mall,
  • Contact for appointment: 4451 0051/ 5038 3893

8. Magrabi Eye, ENT and Dental Center

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 hours approx.
  • Location: near Doha Airport، D Ring Rd, Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 4423 8888

9. Queen Hospital

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 48 hours
  • Timings: 8 am to 8 pm
  • Location: Al Waab Street Gate 5 Villaggio Mall, Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 4419 0888

10. Syrian American Medical Center

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 - 48 hours
  • Timings: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Location: Al Luqta St, Doha
  • Contact for appointment: 5090 1919

11. Turkish Hospital

  • Price: QAR 500 per person
  • Results after 24 - 48 hours
  • Timings: 8 am - 11 am; 12nn - 3 pm; 4 pm - 7 pm; 8 pm - 12mn (Saturday to Thursday)
  • Location: C Ring road
  • Contact for appointment: 4499 2444

12. West Bay Medicare

  • Price: QAR 480 per person
  • Results after 48 hours approx.
  • Timings: Sat to Thu: 8 am to 8 pm
  • Location: The Gate Mall
  • Contact for appointment: 4020 6336/ 3380 1111/ 3370 1111

Private Health Care Facilities are allowed to perform swabbing for the following categories:

  • For pre-travel certificate confirming negative COVID-19.
  • All patients with signs and respiratory symptoms, as per the case definition of COVID-19, approved by MoPH.
  • All patients for admissions, including acute admissions and admissions for elective surgeries.
  • Healthcare workers in the private health care sector, as per MoPH policies and guidelines.
  • Periodic testing of employees of other sectors, as per MoPH policies and guidelines.

What is a PCR test for COVID-19?

PCR test, short for the Polymerase Chain Reaction test, is the current gold standard test used to determine whether an individual is infected with COVID-19, according to Hamad Medical Corporation. This is a highly sensitive test which is carried out using a swab of the back of the mouth and the top of the nose, and very accurately tells us if someone is COVID-19 positive.

This is different from the rapid serological test which is carried out using a finger prick a little like a diabetes test.

"The results from this kind of test are very fast but less accurate than PCR testing. The use of rapid serological tests must follow the clinical protocols and guidelines and be done by clinical and trained staff. It is not recommended to be used by the public.", says HMC Dr. Einas Al Kuwari, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

COVID-19 test for outbound travel

Some countries around the world are requiring a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result as a part of entry requirements. Please note these restrictions/requirements can change at short notice.

To check if the country you'll be traveling to is requiring a COVID-19 test result before arrival, we suggest to check the following for updated information:

Sources: Information in this post is collated from calls made through the 16000 hotline, clinic, and hospital contact numbers from July 27 to July 29, 2020.