COVID-19 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE

Ampath is dedicated to helping businesses get the economy get back on track by offering rapid, seamless COVID-19 testing.

We have over 150 pathologists, >5500 staff members and depots located nationally that are committed to helping industry, mines, embassies, airlines, gyms, schools, hotels, sports teams and corporates get back to work ASAP.



YOUR COVID-19 TESTING SOLUTION

Having your staff tested for COVID-19 need not be administratively taxing, nor inconvenient to your day-to-day operations.


Our streamlined process provides you with a one-stop solution to all your Occupational Health needs, and in particular, COVID-19 testing.

TESTING OPTIONS

We provide both COVID-19 PCR and COVID-19 Antibody testing.

PCR tests for whether a person has the virus at the time of swab collection.

The Antibody test is a blood test and indicates whether someone has developed antibodies against the virus, which means that they have previously contracted the virus and their immune system produced antibodies in response to the infection. Due to insufficient sensitivity of COVID-19 antibody tests in the first 14 days after disease onset, the test cannot be used to confirm or rule out current COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests may be useful for epidemiological research or community surveillance in the public or private sector, particularly in healthcare settings, care homes, institutions and workplace settings. It has not been established whether antibodies to SARS-COV-2 offer protective immunity to COVID-19, or what the potential duration of protective immunity would be.

AMPATH’S OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH COVID-19 TESTING PROCESS

Our COVID-19 Testing Process for Companies


PCR testing only:
  • Our laboratory provides COVID-19 PCR testing at R850 (incl. VAT) if we perform the collections of the swabs, and includes the cost of the PPE.
  • If the samples are collected by your staff, we will be able to provide the testing at a discounted rate - please confirm which scenario will be most convenient for you.
  • Your company can be registered as a consolidated client with a unique Ampath client code.
  • Upon registration you will receive an Ampath request form and the NICD PUI contact list that have to be completed with each sample collection.
  • We can also offer the option for electronic ordering, where staff will receive an eOrder number via SMS that they can present when visiting the COVID collection sites.
  • All staff tested using your unique code's invoices and results will go to a nominated person/s in your company.
  • Test results are available 24 - 48 hours after a sample is received in the laboratory.
  • Staff will be able to obtain their own results via our patient portal on our website
  • Note: Employees with a positive COVID-19 PCR should be isolated and managed as required by the DOH.
  • Accreditation - see Quality you can Trust

Options for Antibody Testing


  • COVID-19 Antibody testing can be considered, where deemed necessary, to establish previous COVID-19 infection where employees had an illness with COVID-related symptoms more than 14 days ago and who did not do PCR test at the time, or where it is suspected that the PCR result was a false negative.
  • A workplace sero-prevalence survey may assist employers to evaluate the efficacy of workplace COVID prevention strategies in an objective manner. Ampath offers assistance with the logistics of workplace sero-prevalence surveys, including informed consent, anonymous sample collection/testing and reporting.
  • Occasional serological surveillance is recommended in occupational settings associated with a higher risk of exposure, or risk of exposure to vulnerable populations, such as first responders, health care workers and retirement home or care home staff. Dual testing with SARS-CoV-2 PCR & SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Tests may be also be considered prior to high risk events for certain occupational settings where there is a high risk of exposure within closed settings or larger groups of people, such as the aviation industry or in athletes prior to major events.
  • Please refer to our AmpathChat Newsletter for more information.
  • Our laboratory provides COVID-19 antibody tests,(R230, incl. VAT).If the samples are collected by your staff, we will be able to provide the testing at a discounted rate - please confirm which scenario will be most convenient for you.
  • Your company can be registered as a consolidated client with a unique Ampath client code.
  • Upon registration you will receive an Ampath request form and the NICD PUI contact list that has to be completed by the individual with each sample collection.
  • We can also offer the option for electronic ordering, where your staff members will receive an eOrder number via SMS and/or email that they can present when visiting the COVID collection site, and where required, then the NICD PUI form can be completed online.
  • All staff members tested using your unique code's invoices and results will go to a nominated person/s in your company.
  • PCR and Antibody Test results are available 24 - 48hours after a sample is received in the laboratory.
  • Staff members will be able to obtain their own results via our patient portal on our websiteNote: Employees with a positive COVID-19 PCR should be isolated and managed as required by the DOH.
  • Accreditation - see Quality you can Trust

We have a vast national footprint in South Africa and offer designated COVID-19 sample collection sites nationally for the convenience of companies and travellers, as well as off-site COVID-19 sample collection for groups.

Click here to view our nationwide testing sites: https://www.ampath.co.za/covid-19-collection-sites

WHY TESTING YOUR STAFF FOR COVID-19 IS ESSENTIAL

COVID-19 infections are expected to continue in South Africa and in most other countries globally for many months to come. With the relaxation of lock-down levels in South Africa and the opening of international travel in some countries, with others to follow, a surge in COVID-19 infections is likely to be seen worldwide unless every precaution is taken to prevent transmission by travellers.

The testing of international travellers for COVID-19 prior to their departure will become necessary to prevent travellers from carrying the virus to their destinations. This will include those leaving South Africa as well as people flying into the country or those in transit to other countries.

We also offer repatriation and quarantine COVID-19 testing for incoming travellers who have not had a COVID-19 test prior to their arrival in South Africa.

If South Africa does have a second COVID-19 surge, this would result in increased community infection rates, potentially affecting your staff wellness and business viability.

If your staff members live in a community with high prevalence and infection rates of COVID-19, it is important to test your staff regularly so as to prevent cluster outbreaks within your business.

TESTING QUALITY YOU CAN TRUST

Our laboratories are certified by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), and our services comply with all relevant ISO specifications. All laboratories that perform SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests are ISO 15189:2012 accredited.


Ampath offers testing for COVID-19 by means of a SARS-CoV-2 PCR test, which is a highly accurate test that detects the genetic material of the virus. SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests in use within Ampath are CE-IVD marked and/or EUA FDA approved and have been validated internally to meet our requirements for acceptable test performance.


SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests are performed on laboratory analyzers using assays that are SAHPRA approved, CE-IVD marked or EUA FDA approved and validated in our own ISO 15189:2012 accredited Immunology laboratory.

ADDITIONAL OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES

Our dedicated Occupational Health Department can assist with any other OH related tests including Pre-employment, biological monitoring, effect monitoring and chain of custody drug confirmation, to name a few.


Please contact us should you be interested in utilising our laboratory sample collection and testing services.



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CONTACT DETAILS


Operating hours: 08h00 - 17h00 (Mon-Fri)
Lisa Liebenberg
Email address: lisal@ampath.co.za
Telephone number (s): 012 678-0710/16

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