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PCR Test from Quirón Hospital, Torrevieja

Travel has changed a bit over the past year with Covid and everything. The days have gone when you can book a quick flight and the next day you’re off. It takes a little bit more planning these days and one of the things I’m sure we’re all facing is that for many destinations we need some sort of PCR test. 

My recent trip to Saudi fell on a Tuesday afternoon meaning I had to get a PCR on the Sunday before for everything to fall into the required time frame. Where I am in Spain, the Costa Blanca South there are many private clinics that are offering the Antigen and PCR tests, but they are only open Monday to Friday, some on a Saturday morning, but definitely not on a Sunday.

My flight required that I needed the test done 72 hours before departure. That meant the earliest I could have my PCR test was on the Saturday evening, but again none of the private clinics are open in the evenings on a Saturday, also ideally I didn’t want it to be that close to the wire, as let’s be honest we have to allow for delays too. Sunday morning I was more comfortable with.

Then I remembered about the private hospital in Torrevieja, Quirón Hospital. A quick google search and yes they’re open on a Sunday, yay and even offering the test during a whole 24 hour period.

Quiron Hospital Torrevieja

To book the test was pretty simple. First of all you will need to set up an account with them online. I highly recommend this, even if you only plan on using them the once, by having the account it makes it so much easier to get your results.

It did take about ten minutes or so to set the account up, but once it's done you can then go on to pick your day and choose your time slot. Again you can just turn up and wait, that’s no problem, but I felt more at ease knowing I had paid and wouldn’t have to worry about paying while I was there and also it felt more organized knowing I had a time booked in. 

Everything printed off, I doubled checked my route. Even though I kind of knew where the Hospital was I always like to be fully prepared when I’m driving somewhere new. 

On the Sunday morning I left plenty of time to allow for traffic and for finding a parking space. 

Well, I was pleasantly surprised. When I got to Quirón hospital it was empty. It was so quiet I had no problem finding a space at all and I was about 40 minutes early too.

I automatically went to the main building only to find the doors locked. OK, what now? but yes, there was a big sign for Covid tests, how I didn’t see it at first I do not know! It said to follow the green line on the floor.

Off I trundled following the green line around the side of the building, spotting even more parking spaces, so I could of parked even closer! I wasn’t really that far away though and it’s always good getting in those extra steps.

I walked down the slope to what looked like I’d be heading into an underground car park, I entered the testing center. 

PCR test centre Quiron Hospital Torrevieja

A little hesitant, I said I was here for a PCR test and handed over my paperwork. The guys on reception, were really friendly and not intimidating at all, which sometimes I find reception at hospitals they can be a little frosty. But these guys were really nice and spoke English too. Even though I was early I was seen straight away. I went into the doctors office, handed the paperwork the receptionist had given me, I then had a quick swab of the nostril and that was me done. 

On the internet they say the results will be within 24hours. My test was at about 10.40am and I got my results that afternoon around 17.00pm. Fantastic service.

The test was €98, but I had a discount code for €8 from the Iberia website (check here to see if it's still valid). So it was €90 after discount.

I was sent a text message saying my results were ready and that I was negative. When I logged into my account a little pop up came up which I clicked on and there was the certificate all ready to print off.

palm trees on roundabout Quiron hospital carpark Torrevieja

We’ve had results before from a different private clinic and it was like a top secret operation. They emailed to say the results were in, but wouldn't say what the result actually was. Then the email was encrypted and the passwords wouldn’t work. They still wouldn’t tell us on the phone what the result was, so we had to drive back there to collect the certificate! 

So you can imagine the relief of the ease of using Quirón Hospital for my PCR test. Everything was so smooth and easy, I will definitely use them again for any further PCR tests. 

{side note: since writing this post my husband took a PCR test at Quirón Hospital and had the same smooth service. Only difference he had his test around 18.30pm on a Tuesday evening and he got the results the next day around 16.00pm}

Quirón Hospital
Partida de la Loma, s/n
03184 Torrevieja

24 hours
+34 966 92 13 13

Heather ♥

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