Dedicated COVID-19 only collection centres
A limited number of DHM collection centres have now been designated as COVID-19 only collection centres, which require an appointment. Please click here for an up-to-date list of these locations.
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.
Please note: These centres are not collecting specimens for any other pathology testing. Patients requiring collection for other pathology tests should be directed to another convenient DHM collection centre.
DHM COVID-19 Booking Hotline – 1800 026 622 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–1pm)
All patients who have a pathology request form for COVID-19 testing are asked to call our DHM COVID-19 Booking Hotline on 1800 026 622 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–1pm). This is a well-staffed, central booking service established to coordinate all coronavirus appointments at our dedicated COVID-19 collection centres.
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.Download instructions