Coronavirus tests at Mehiläinen
How can I access coronavirus tests?
You need a referral in order to be tested for coronavirus infection. Referrals for coronavirus infection tests are issued at Mehiläinen’s Digital Clinic and remote appointments. A doctor will assess your symptoms and issue a referral, if necessary. Referrals are made in accordance with the criteria set by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare . In practice, it is possible to take a sample for a COVID-19 test from all patients who experience symptoms associated with a coronavirus infection or who are suspected of having been exposed to a coronavirus infection on the basis of a doctor’s assessment.
If you need to be tested, even if you have no symptoms—for example, in order to travel—contact Digital Clinic.
In addition to Digital Clinic, it is also possible to have tests done at respiratory tract infection clinics based on a doctor’s assessment and the testing criteria.
Some of the coronavirus drive-in testing stations can be accessed without a referral. In such cases, your need for an examination and a referral will be assessed and issued at the station. The coronavirus drive-in testing stations accessible without a referral are:
- Helsinki Messukeskus drive-in
- Lahti drive-in
- Oulu drive-in
- Pori drive-in
- Tampere drive-in
- Turku drive-in
- Coronavirus walk-in testing station of Töölö Mehiläinen in Helsinki
The price of an assessment and referral made on-site is EUR 30.
How is a sample for the coronavirus test taken?
The coronavirus test typically involves taking a sample from the patient’s nasopharynx with a flexible cotton swab. A large amount of the virus is present on the mucous membranes, particularly in the early stages of the disease. Samples for the PCR and antigen tests are taken in the same way.
The person taking the sample will ask you to blow your nose before sampling.
Results of the coronavirus test
The PCR test is more sensitive, but getting the results takes longer. PCR test results will be ready in 1–3 days. You can get a PCR test in 6 hours on average at the following Express stations: Helsinki Hernesaari Express and Helsinki Messukeskus Express. The results of the antigen test can, at best, be ready in just a few hours, but the test is less sensitive than the PCR test.
Your test results will be available in OmaMehiläinen as soon as they are ready. Test results will usually be ready in 1–3 days from the time the sample was taken, also at weekends. If the results are for a minor, please make sure that you have added them to your family profile in OmaMehiläinen so that you can see the results. Check the instructions for adding family members to the family profile
A positive result is a highly reliable indicator of infection. However, a negative result does not completely rule out the possibility of infection as the presence of the virus on the mucous membranes varies greatly between individuals and, in addition, the success of the sample collection and the laboratory analysis may influence the result.
Positive test results
If the result is positive, you will be sent a digital survey in OmaMehiläinen for tracking any possible chains of infection. Our health care professionals will also call you to go over the instructions for home quarantine and the information about potential chains of infection and exposure to be submitted to the physician in charge of communicable diseases in your place of residence for the purpose of issuing statements and decisions. This information is very important for controlling the spread of the epidemic in Finland.
We will report positive test results either to the administrative body of your place of residence or the hospital district in compliance with regional practices. The investigation of contact tracing will also comply with regional practices, which means that a representative of Mehiläinen, your home municipality or the hospital district will manage it on a case-by-case basis.
Price of a coronavirus test
- The price of a PCR test is EUR 249 (EUR 149 with the Kela reimbursement).
- The price of an antigen test is EUR 249 (EUR 213 with the Kela reimbursement).
- Coronavirus tests are only available with a doctor’s referral. You can get a referral from, for example, Mehiläinen’s Digital Clinic. The price of a Digital Clinic appointment is EUR 41.90 (EUR 33.90 with the Kela reimbursement).
- Some of the coronavirus drive-in testing stations are accessible without a referral. In such cases, the need for an examination and a referral will be assessed and issued at the station. The price of the assessment and referral is EUR 30.
- If the result is positive, we will call the tested customer to give them instructions about further treatment and quarantine. The price of the further treatment consultation is EUR 38.
- Please note that you will only be entitled to Kela compensation if the test is part of the treatment of an illness. For example, Kela does not compensate tests conducted on asymptomatic customers for travel-related purposes.
Coronavirus tests and their differences
Mehiläinen performs two types of coronavirus tests: PCR tests and antigen tests, also known as “rapid tests”. Both types of tests are performed at all Mehiläinen coronavirus testing stations.
PCR test (Polymerase Chain Reaction):
A PCR test is performed to determine whether the genome of the virus is present on the mucous membrane of the nasal cavity.
This test is appropriate for both symptomatic and asymptomatic people. The test can be performed at any phase of infection.
A PCR test detects the presence of coronavirus more sensitively than an antigen test.
The result of the test is available approximately within 1–3 days.
Antigen test, also known as “rapid test”:
Can be done if you have symptoms and it has been less than a week since the onset of symptoms.
Not as sensitive as a PCR test. An antigen test is faster than a PCR test, with the result available as quickly as within six hours.
This test indicates the presence of the surface protein of the virus.
The doctor issuing the referral will determine which type of test is more suitable to you. You do not need to request a specific type of coronavirus test. Both tests are performed in the same way. Please note that, if you need a test result in order to travel, your country of destination or airline may require a specific type of test or certificate.
Learn more: COVID-19 certificate
Drive-in testing stations – Where to go for coronavirus testing
Mehiläinen performs coronavirus testing at drive-in testing stations throughout Finland. Coronavirus tests are also performed at the respiratory tract infection clinic laboratories of certain locations.
If you visit a drive-in testing station by car, please do not exit your car at any time. Remember to keep a safe distance from others and follow any additional instructions at the testing station. You do not need to exit your car during sampling.Please note that the testing stations may occasionally become crowded and you may have to wait for your turn.
You can also see the number of respiratory tract infection diagnoses and suspected coronavirus cases at Mehiläinen in real time online. This view and monitoring data is available to everyone at korona.mehilainen.fi .
Page last updated: 6 Nov 2020.