For some of our readers in the campo or in parts of La Herradura, Nerja is just as easy to access as Almuñécar. We are regularly asked for information about getting a PCR test in Nerja and general questions about where to find a doctor in Nerja who speaks English. We will share the information we know about the coronavirus test and the Nerja Medical Center.
What is a PCR test for COVID 19?
A PCR test for COVID 19 testing is used to detect the genetic material of the virus from a sample taken from the patient. This sample could be collected using a swab being placed in the nose/throat or using a saliva sample. Results usually take around 24h.
The PCR is considered the Gold Standard of testing for the virus.
There are many types of antigen tests available. At our medical clinic in Nerja, we use a lateral flow test which is widely accepted for international travel. This type of test detects not the genetic material of the virus (like the PCR) but proteins on the surface. The advantages of this test are that the results are available within about 10 minutes and a flight certificate can be issued straight away, all at a reduced cost.
These tests take a little bit of blood from the tip of the finger. The blood is analyzed to see if your body has been in contact with the virus in the past and also if the body is defending itself from the virus at the moment. Results come out in around 10 minutes and provide useful information but, please take into account this test is not accepted for flying.
PCR Test for Travel or when you have symptoms
All tests are prescribed by a doctor, so you should see your medical doctor. There are 3 likely scenarios when you may want a Coronavirus test in Nerja. Nerja medical center offers COVID tests for flights including a certificate, for people with symptoms, or if you just want to know if you have had the COVID virus with an antibody test.
Coronavirus test for travel
Most international locations now require a PCR test for travel, which would include a certification from the doctor. You would also require a negative PCR test within 72 hours of returning to Spain. You would take this test before travel and when you are not showing any symptoms. A negative result shows your destination country that you were not a carrier of the virus at the time of the test.
When you feel you are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. If you are showing symptoms, it is best to contact the doctor and request a home visit for your testing. You don’t want to spread germs in the clinic.
Here are the most common coronavirus symptoms: Fever, cough, loss of smell and taste, sore throat, muscle aches, headache, general weakness, diarrhea or vomiting, and more. If you have any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Ben at Nerja Medical Center.
Have I already had the COVID virus?
Sometimes you just want peace of mind. You may want to know if you have already been exposed or show that you have antibodies to the COVID virus, possibly without any symptoms.
How much does the PCR test cost?
This can vary depending on the type of test you take, where you take it, and whether you are currently showing symptoms of COVID-19. Prices are the most competitive in the Nerja area and it is best to contact the medical center for a quote. This will help to determine what type of test you require. As time goes by PCR test kits and other tests are more readily available and the prices will tend to go down over time. Contact for pricing:
Where is Nerja Medical Center?
If you are showing symptoms of the Coronavirus, the Nerja Medical Center will perform the coronavirus test for you at home. Therefore you won’t be bringing the virus to the clinic, but the home visit has a nominal fee added.
Where can I get a PCR test in Nerja?
Nerja Medical Center – Doctor Ben will see you at the clinic in Nerja, at your Home, or even Hotel visits
Your friendly Doctor Ben is bi-lingual and can speak English and Spanish fluently. Consultations may also be carried out in French or Swedish. The fast finger, PCR, and Antigen tests are being offered by appointment at Nerja Medical Center.
Tests can be performed right away, with the on-site doctor during business hours. All PCR tests are by appointment only, to be sure the test kits are available and to determine if a home visit is required for the test. This clinic has an office, but they also offer 24/7 services 365 days a year. Contact for pricing and appointments in the office, your home, or hotel.
Contact Nerja Medical Center for an Appointment
Where is Nerja Medical Center?
Nerja Medical center is easy to find and directly on the main road through town. Our Medical center is just across from Mercadona and right next to the Guardia Civil. If you have a car and need parking, we are just a few blocks from the Nerja free parking lot.
Nerja Medical Center
Calle San Miguel 14 Nerja
Tel 24 hrs: +34 622 094 554
Office hours Monday – Saturday 09:00 – 15:00
24 hour home visits and ambulance services, with an English speaking doctor
Nerja Medical Center offers a wide variety of medical services and works with most international insurance companies. Some of the services on offer at this medical center in Nerja include; Walk-in general medical services, urgent care, lab tests (urine, blood, covid), general health care, 24-hour medical services, ambulance services, PCR test, coronavirus tests, heart monitoring, oxygen therapy, and more. The Nerja medical center collaborates with major hospitals all with international departments if the need arises.
Our medical service covers the areas of Nerja, Maro, Frigiliana, Velez-Malaga, Torre del Mar, Torrox Costa and Torrox Pueblo.
The medical center has a team of international staff who speak many languages to cater to your every need.
Get to know Nerja Doctor Ben!
One of the friendliest doctors in Nerja Spain, Dr. Ben Harry Clegg.
Dr. Ben is a British-born medical doctor who obtained his medical degree at the University of Malaga, since then he has obtained a master’s degree in Emergency Medicine and General Medicine.
He started his career working in the area of transporting intensive care patients between different cities within Andalucia. Now he dedicates his time between being a GP at the Nerja Medical Center and working for the Public Emergency services as a fast response doctor.
Cold & Flu Season vs Covid
As we enter cold and flu season, make note of your symptoms before jumping to conclusions. Know the symptoms for Covid versus the standard cold and flu. Contact Nerja Medical Center to schedule a flu shot.
Protection From Coronavirus
The best way to protect yourself from the COVID-19 virus is to avoid exposure. Please be cautious, wash your hands regularly, wear masks, and stay home if you have any symptoms.
- Wash Hands
Wash your hands often with soapy water for a minimum of 20 seconds. As an alternative, you may also use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Use elbows
When you cough or sneeze, tuck into your elbow or use some tissue to prevent the spray into the open air. Immediately after your cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer or wash your hand.
- No poking around
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Keep your distance
Keep a distance of about 6 feet (2 meters) from others. Also, avoid large events and mass gatherings.
If you are experiencing symptoms or live with someone who does, self-isolate and call Dr. Ben for a PCR test.
For more information about the various details of testing or the coronavirus, please use the sites below.
The Mayoclinic post about testing and procedures for Covid.
More about the Coronavirus in Almuñécar & La Herradura.