COVID-19 specimen collection

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) has been at the forefront of testing for COVID-19, and in collaboration with primary care services, form a crucial part of the response to the pandemic. 

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 DHM 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.