COVID-19 Testing Available at V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront in partnership with Dis-Chem Pharmacy is launching its drive-through Covid-19 testing facility, increasing convenience for locals and tourists. 

The drive-through facility launched on Saturday, October 24 and is located at Battery Park in the V&A's Canal District, with entrances via Alfred Street or Dock Road. 

It is open for visitors of all ages and will operate between 9am and 4pm from Monday to Friday, and between 9am and 2pm on Saturdays. 

The only requirements are that all visitors must produce an identity document or passport and that all patrons should wear a mask at the site, however no doctor's referral is needed. 

V&A Waterfront spokesperson Donald Kau says the testing facility is a convenient option for locals, international tourists and business visitors. 

"They will be using the throat test and it will be administered by Dis-Chem's trained nurses."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

This nasopharyngeal swab test involves inserting a 6-inch long swab into the cavity between the nose and mouth for 15 seconds and rotating it several times. This is repeated on the other side of the nose to ensure enough material is collected and then the swab is inserted into a container and sent to a lab for testing. 

This testing method has discouraged many as they deem it painful but medical personnel insist that it should not be and that it is only uncomfortable.

People are encouraged to visit this testing facility so that the country is able to get infections under control, thus allowing economic activity to slowly return to normal. 

The test comes at a cost of R850 and anyone visiting the Waterfront specifically for the testing will not be required to pay for parking. The results will be available the next day and will be sent via SMS or e-mail. Customers should print the physical certificate at home or their hotel for travelling purposes.

"You are encouraged to pre-book on the Dis-Chem website... but there is a walk-in option too."

Donald Kau, Head of PR and Communications - V&A Waterfront

Patrons are encouraged to make a pre-register to control the number of tests per day; per station to avoid any backlog and delay in results from the labs. 

Book on the Dis-Chem website here




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