Coronavirus/COVID-19

The criteria for COVID-19 testing are listed on the NSW Health website and are subject to change as the global situation changes. 

IMPORTANT: Please note all patients must have a valid pathology request for COVID-19 testing. 

  • Only low-risk COVID-19 patients should be referred to a designated Southern.IML Pathology COVID-19 collection centre.
  • A doctor collection can be performed using full personal protective equipment (PPE),  if a patient presents with mild illness (no severe coughing or shortness of breath). 
  • All high-risk patients (fever or significant respiratory symptoms) must be referred to a local hospital. 
  • Waiting time for booking: Patients who require a COVID-19 test are being accommodated either same day or early the next day.
  • Turn around time: Our average turn around time is curently 36 hours.
  • Testing: All respiratory viral swabs are undergoing COVID-19 tests.  Where COVID-19 test is requested, this will be processed without other testing.  Where a respiratory vial swab is requested, it will be processed for influenza A, influenza B and RSV as well as COVID-19.  The full respiratory viral panel is currently unavailable due to prioritisantion during the pandemic.

Rapid molecular testing for COVID-19 is now available on-site.

The most recent numbers of COVID-19 can be accessed via NSW HEALTH.

The information here is designed to keep you informed of our current status as it applies to coronavirus testing. As a result of conditions changing so rapidly, our website will be updated regularly with pertinent COVID-19 information and the latest from our practice about collection and testing.