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Diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus, SARS COV-2

By | Covid 19, IN THE NEWS

Sars COV – 2 ( Covid – 19) emerged in 2020 as a global epidemic disease. In fact, quite a number of decades had followed since the last dispersion of a disease of such a magnitude.

It goes without saying that the scientific community and pharmaceutical industry have concentrated all their efforts on an attempt to intercept the transmission of the disease and as such it has certainly become a burning issue. To this purpose, talks concern the test tracing of the new Coronavirus. No doubt, one cannot stress enough the significance of diagnostic tests conducted after the patient has consulted their clinical doctor as it will determine the most suitable test for each patient’s case.

Currently the tests available today bear the following features:

  1. The Molecular test Real Time PCR
  • This test detects the presence of the virus in samples taken from the patient’s Oropharynx or Nasopharynx with a specific cotton swab. It is a quick and painless procedure which lasts a few seconds.
  • Real Time PCR, the gold standard method, is used for the diagnosis due to its ability to trace the virus’ genetic substance and thereby confirm the contamination.
  • Rt- PCR is also capable of tracing with precision the virus in its incubation period, way before clinical symptoms appear.
  • The test is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within 24 to 48 hours.
  • For emergency cases there is a possibility of rapid Real Time PCR which can be completed within few hours.
  1. Serological Antibodies Test against Corona virus IgM/IgA/IgG.
  • The test detects antibodies which are produced by our immune system within a few days after the symptoms’ onset. That is why it is regarded as a contributory test rather than the main test to confirm the diagnosis of viral contamination.
  • Their presence can be detected in blood samples for weeks even months after recovery. Detection of IgM means recent infection, whereas IgG past infection.
  • For the time being, it is not known whether or not a patient acquires lifelong immunity after contact with the virus.
  • A blood sample is drawn for the test and is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within 24 to 48 hours.
  1. Rapid Antigen Test
  • This is a quick test, as the name suggests, also known as lateral flow immunochromatographic assays (like pregnancy test).
  • The test focuses on qualitative detection of virus antigens in a sample collected with a cotton swab from the Nasopharynx or Oropharynx. This method is particular effective in large population groups and in cases where RT –PCR is not available.
  • It’s a low cost test, can be completed in 15 minutes in the laboratory. It lacks, however, the reliability that the molecular method PCR possesses. In other words the test is limited in sensitivity and tends to produce false negative results.
  • The test is conducted on a daily basis at the Central Laboratories at Mediterraneo Hospital. The results are ready within half an


  • If a patient is tested positive after a molecular test they need to notify their clinical doctor. It’s important that the required measures be taken in order to intercept further dissemination of the disease.
  • Alternatively one can consult the Internist at Mediterraneo Hospital who can deliver precise instructions for each case in question.
  • If a patient is tested negative for covid 19 after a molecular test, it is highly likely that they were not affected by the virus at all. However, a negative outcome could also mean that the virus could have been early in incubation period the moment that the testing sample was taken.

The aforementioned tests are all available at Mediterraneo Hospital Central Laboratories. To make an appointment, simply call 2109117000.

Your health and safety are completely ensured at the hospital as all precautionary measures are adopted.


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Georgia Dragini, The Lady of Mediterraneo Hospital


The CEO of Mediterraneo Hospital, the private hospital located in Glyfada, in the wider area of the Athenian Riviera, talks about all the pioneering work of the hospital which makes it stand out from the crowd.

The Boutique Hospital is a completely new concept in the healthcare sector. What is the philosophy?

The inspiration came from boutique hotels, which are the contemporary perception of tourism and suit my philosophy perfectly. In the case of the hospital, the term boutique is translated into modern high-tech facilities, staffed with medical experts who provide personalized services. It is a model that opposes mass production, focusing on quality and taking into account the diverse needs of each patient.

You recently created the Mediterraneo First Care Polyclinic.

It is an extension of the boutique approach in another area of medical services, that of Primary Healthcare. An aesthetic multi-specialty clinic has been created within a historic Shopping Centre in Glyfada. Emphasis was given to a wide range of services including modern specializations that are complementary to those of the hospital. All this takes place in direct collaboration with the hospital, utilizing our own expertise in the selection of medical colleagues.

Which are the centers of excellence of Mediterraneo Hospital?

I would say that all of the departments of Mediterraneo function as centers of excellence, in the sense that they operate in line with international guidelines and are based on the best medical practices. If we focus on those departments offering holistic and innovative services, with a large volume of patients and significant clinical and academic work, I will mention the following departments: the Spinal Cord Neurosurgery Dpt, the Interventional Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery Dpt, the Interventional Pulmonology and Gastroenterology Dpt, the Acute Stroke Unit and the Breast Clinic. Within the next few months, we will be adding the standard Radiotherapy Unit to them.

Can patients from other countries receive medical care?

We have given great importance to catering to foreign patients. All of our staff speak English, additionally all diagnoses are made in English, and we have been certified for many years to ensure that all of our services are adapted to foreign patients’ needs.

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SYNAPSE® 3D for the detection of lung tumors!


endo1 - SYNAPSE® 3D for the detection of lung tumors!Mediterraneo Hospital is the first Greek Hospital to install a FujiFilm Europe SYNAPSE® 3D system that allows for the mapping and exploration of suitable bronchial pathway, and has the ability to simulate virtual bronchoscopy to detect lung tumors, using elements collected from a CT scan. In conjunction with a complete Probe Radial Ultrasonic System, the team of Clinical Interventional Pulmonologists, Filippos Emmanouil & Nikolaos Koufos, now have new UNIQUE capabilities in accessing peripheral pulmonary lesions.

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Healthy eating for a healthy heart

Eugenia Eliadou, Clinical Dietitian at Mediterraneo Hospital

Making some changes to your diet could help reduce the risk of heart disease, especially if you’ve already had a heart attack (M.I.). We should eat foods in the right balance to ensure that we are getting the right amount of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fats and protein).

There are 3 important ways to help protect your heart, these are:

  • Eat oily fish
  • Reduce saturated fat and use monounsaturated fat
  • Eat more fruits and more vegetables

Follow the healthy eating plate:

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The Nutritional Value Of Walnuts


NUTRITION 1 shutterstock 142886560 - The Nutritional Value Of WalnutsEugenia Eliadou, Clinical Dietitian at Mediterraneo Hospital

Walnuts have the highest value among dried nuts, as they protect the body from chronic diseases (cardiovascular and neurological diseases, as well as some forms of prostate and breast cancer). This is mainly due to their antioxidant and antithrombotic activity. Walnuts contain the highest amount of omega3 fatty acids from all other dried nuts, in the form of alpha-linoleic acid. Thirty grams of walnuts, correspond to about ¼ cup or a handful, and contain 2.5 grams of omega3 fatty acids.

Walnuts are rich in antioxidants, especially polyphenols. In walnuts there are unique antioxidants that are not found in other foods, such as quinone juglone, the telimagrandin (a rare tannin) and flavonol morin. That’s why they have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Polyphenols, according to studies, reduce tumor cell proliferation mainly in prostate cancer by mechanisms that are not fully defined yet.

During the past two decades, given the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, several studies have set up to evaluate the effect of the ingredients found in walnuts. Due to their high content of the amino acid l-arginine, vitamin C and other components, walnuts reduce the ‘bad’ cholesterol (up to 15%) and blood pressure, two major risk factors for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease.

Walnuts are undoubtedly one of the healthiest foods and reinforce body health.

Consume about a handful per day as a snack or use in your cooking!

Pregnancy and nutritional guidelines

Eugenia Eliadou, Clinical Dietitian at Mediterraneo Hospital

pregnancy1 - Pregnancy and nutritional guidelinesΑ woman who enters pregnancy in an inadequate nutritional status has a risk of having poor pregnancy performance, of depleting her own body stores of nutrients, and of entering lactation in a state of suboptimal nutritional status, which could deteriorate further as lactation progresses. Infants who are undernourished in the womb are at risk of a variety of adverse outcomes, ranging from low birth weight to severe mental and physical retardation and even death. The effects of undernutrition before pregnancy and during pregnancy and lactation, depends on the stage at which undernutrition occurs. Each stage of this part of the life cycle has specific tissue needs for nutrients and shortcomings in tissue supply of these nutrients may have undesirable consequences. The success of pregnancy is also affected by intake of substances such as alcohol, nicotine and drugs, the physical and emotional stresses to which she is subjected, and the presence of any infections or other diseases.

Cooperation between Interasco & Mediterraneo Hospital


Press Release

Glyfada, 27/03/2018

Interasco has further developed its already successful cooperation with Mediterraneo Hospital, offering for one year to all individual and / or group health insurance contacts the following benefits:

– Free Clinical Examinations and Diagnostic Tests at the Outpatient & Emergency Departments for emergencies that do not require admission
– Free Clinical Examination at Regular Outpatient Clinics
Free annual check-up for women & men & 10% discount on all special check ups
Major Benefits in case of hospitalization
Provision of a Mediterraneo MediGift privilege card to all Interasco policyholders.

Innovative modernization of the First Hybrid Surgery in Greece


Glyfada, 17/1/2018

ClarityIQ is the new technology that recently equipped the first Hybrid operating room in our country, at Mediterraneo Hospital. Philips’ Allura Clarity Angiographic System was installed in the Hybrid Room of the Private Hospital in Glyfada, offering its specialized scientific staff the ability to treat patients with vascular, neurological and cardiac diseases even more effectively.

ClarityIQ is a revolutionary technology as it dramatically reduces the dose of radiation to more than 50%, while enhancing image quality.

This groundbreaking approach represents a great advance in imaging for invasive surgical operations and is an important tool for health professionals as it enables them to provide:

Quick diagnosis
Safe diagnosis
Therapy with a reduced dose of radiation
Greater clarity of the image during examination and operation

Mediterraneo Hospital, continuing investment in innovative scientific applications, is at the forefront of international medical developments and maintains its dedication to targeted and effective treatment of both Greek and foreign patients.

Cooperation renewal for Mediterraneo Hospital and Ethniki Hellenic Insurance


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Glyfada, 19/10/2017

The multi – annual cooperation between Mediterraneo Hospital and Ethniki Hellenic Insurance continues and is being upgraded in 2017, while giving the two parties the opportunity to further renew this important agreement.
The renewal of this strategic partnership ensures that all beneficiaries of Ethniki Hellenic Insurance individual or group contracts will be provided with high quality health services.

Mediterraneo Hospital is the first facility in Greece to receive the BS EN 15224 quality certification by an accredited body, which covers a wide range of medical, diagnostic and therapeutic levels. Our hospital is staffed by selected medical teams, has high quality medical technology and state-of-the-art equipment.


Protect your Heart Now!


World Heart Day – PRESS RELEASE


Protect your Heart Now!


Modern cardiology and cardiac surgery have considerably progressed in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Unfortunately, statistics show, that this remains the first cause of death in the Western world where 1 heart attack occurs every 4-5 seconds.

In Greece 20.000 myocardial heart attacks occur per year of which 1 in 4 do not make it to the hospital. What are we missing and what are we doing wrong?

Prevention is the answer and this should be our motto for today’s World Heart Day.

Cardiovascular disease does not just happen.

It builds up through the years from risk factors that we often overlook or don’t recognize. Smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise, high cholesterol and diabetes are vital. These symptoms take effect gradually and are often detected after the first cardiovascular incident. 

Measures of prevention:              

  • Quit smoking. Smokers actually  live 13-14 years less than the non-smokers.              
  • Mobilize yourself – get up from your chair. 60 minutes of intense physical exercise per week, reduces incidents of cardiovascular disease by 30%.·
  • Control your weight.              
  • Regulate your blood pressure.
  • Keep on normal levels your cholesterol and diabetes with the guidance of your doctor.

Even if we believe we are in a low-risk factor group for cardiovascular disease, the best prevention is visiting a Specialized Cardiologist.