Expansion of COVID-19 testing capacity & collection options

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) has been at the forefront of testing for COVID-19 and, in collaboration with primary care services, forms a crucial part of the response to the pandemic. With the continual expansion of testing criteria within New South Wales (NSW), we have increased the testing capacity within our laboratories and the options available for collection of specimens.

A Medicare rebate is available for COVID-19 testing with a valid pathology request form.

Virus   Dedicated COVID-19 collection centres

   Appointments via Hotline 1800 026 622

We have more than 10 dedicated COVID-19 collection centres across metropolitan and regional NSW, in addition to providing services at a number of NSW Health sites. Click here for full details for these centres.

Car   Drive-through collections now available at 9 locations

   No appointment necessary | Request form not required

We are performing drive-through COVID-19 swab collections at Macquarie Park, Albury, Auburn, Blacktown, Gledswood Hills, Liverpool, Morisset, Mosman and Tuggerah. Location details are listed here.

Surgeon   Pre-operative & pre-treatment COVID-19 screening

   No appointment necessary

We have more than 35 sites offering pre-operative & pre-treatment COVID-19 screening for asymptomatic patients across metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW. Location details are listed here.

In order to access these locations, the referral must state pre-operative or pre-treatment.

Swab   Patient self-collection

   Doctor referral essential

Doctors can also order self-collect swabs to provide to patients, via our Stores Department (Order code D01499). Alternatively, patients can arrange a self-collect swab via one of our dedicated COVID-19 collection centres, or pickup and drop-off locations.

The COVID-19 self-collect option contains easy-to-follow patient instructions and the required swab, for both throat and nasal specimen collection. An animated ‘how-to’ video to assist patients with self-collection is available on our website.