Telehealth requesting services and Home Visits


The Southern.IML Pathology laboratories in Wollongong and Nowra are operating at full capacity 24/7 and we are able to continue to provide a comprehensive range of testing for your patients.

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic we understand some of you are choosing to use the Telehealth services to treat your patients.  We would like to inform you of the following options available to send your pathology request forms and home visit bookings.


  1. Scan or photo image of request form and Email to
  2. Email request to patient and ask them to print it
  3. Fax request form to (Wollongong) 02 4224 7457  (Nowra)  02 4422 9103
  4. SMS a photo of request to patient and ask them to print it
  5. Booking in home visits call (Wollongong) 02 4224 7438  (Nowra)  02 44233111 (select option 2)

Dedicated COVID-19 only collection centres and drive-through collection sites

A limited number of Southern.IML Pathology collection centres have now been designated as COVID-19 only collection centres.  With stringent safety procedures associated with COVID-19 specimen collection, these centres are operated by staff members who have expertise covering all aspects of coronavirus/respiratory virus specimen handling, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). The dedicated centres have been carefully selected, with no shared facilities.

  • 37 Denison Street Wollongong 
  • 57 Junction Street Nowra

Southern.IML Pathology COVID-19 appointment bookings for the Wollongong and Nowra locations - 4224 7474 (Illawarra), 4423 3111 (Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla), Mon–Fri 9am–5pm

Patients who have a pathology request form for COVID-19 testing are asked to call our Southern.IML Pathology COVID-19 Booking Numbers Mon–Fri 9am–5pm. This is a well-staffed, central booking service established to coordinate all coronavirus appointments at our dedicated COVID-19 collection centres.

Drive-through COVID-19 collection in Warilla and Dapto - No appointment necessary

COVID-19 drive-through collection at 109 Shellharbour Road Warilla (entry off Beverley Avenue) and 70-76 Marshall Street Dapto (old Dapto Bowling Club) commencing 10th August 2020.  These drive-through collection site are also a drop off point for self collections.

No appointment is neccessary to have your COVID-19 test at Warilla and Dapto.   A referral from your doctor is needed for this test.


Doctor swab collection

Both a throat and nasal specimen collection are performed on a single swab. 

A doctor collection for COVID-19 testing can be performed if a patient presents with mild illness (no severe coughing or shortness of breath) using full personal protective equipment (PPE), including gloves, gown, mask and eye protection.

If severe illness (severe coughing and shortness of breath), please send patient to the nearest public hospital Emergency Department.

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Patient Self Collect

Patients who require a COVID-19 test can use the self collect kit which is available from the Southern.IML Pathology stores department and only at the selected collection centres listed below.

The patient can pick up a self collect kit, and drop off their specimen at the following locations only:

  • 37 Denison Street, Wollongong
  • 44 Hopetoun Street, Woonona
  • 4/17-23 Station street Engadine
  • Baan Baan Shopping Centre, Dapto
  • 70-76 Marshall Street Dapto (old Dapto Bowling Club)
  • 109 Shellharbour Road, Warilla
  • 83-85 Manning Street, Kiama
  • 57 Junction Street, Nowra
  • 111 Princes Highway, Ulladulla
  • Shop 7, Batehaven Mall, Corrigan Street, Batehaven
  • 73a Queen Street, Moruya
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