Testing with a referral letter

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Preparing a referral letter

The family doctor prepares the referral letter via the family doctor program under the “Riik Covid-19” section of the lab. The list contains only one analysis of “SARS koroonaviirus 2 RNA”, which can be added to the order by double-clicking. Please do not insert the barcode, but instead click “Save” and “Send” directly. We also ask you to check with the patient that each referral letter has the patient’s correct phone number. It is not possible to submit an order by phone or based on a paper referral letter.

Public testing is financed by the Republic of Estonia; the cost of the analysis with a referral letter will be covered by the Health Board.

Booking an appointment

After the referral letter sent by the family doctor has reached the testing system, all adults (i.e. people at least 18 years of age) will receive a short text message (SMS) on the phone number indicated on their referral letter. Then testing call centre will call and book the time. Please note that the patient should be reachable by phone; otherwise, the testing call centre will not be able to get in touch them to agree on the time and place for sample taking. For referral testers SARS coronavirus 2 RNA sample is taken from the nasopharynx.


The results will be sent to the health information system (digilugu.ee) and the family doctor program within 24-48 hours.

Those who cannot or do not know how to access digilugu.ee environment, can also contact their family health centre about their results. More information about the ordered analyses is available HERE (in estonian).

This page contains information about coronavirus testing; more information and news about coronavirus can be found on the Health Board website.