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 the patient to the nearest public hospital Emergency Department.
DHM offers a self-collect option for patients and this can be arranged in consultation with a doctor.
Before picking up a self-collect swab from one of our designated locations, patients must have a pathology request form for COVID-19 testing and call our COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 026 622 (Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat 9am–12pm).