Coronavirus testing at
|Very high risk|
|High risk setting|
For more detailed recommendations, this guideline can be accessed by visiting the below Australian Government website [CDNA National Guidelines].
- The preferred specimen is a combined nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal flocked swab(s).
- If a sputum sample is available, this should also be submitted.
- A serum sample in high-risk patients may also be collected for future antibody testing.
What to do when arriving at an SNP collection centre?
- Immediately make your presence known to staff.
- Put on a mask provided, if not already wearing one.
- Clean hands with the alcoholic hand wash/gel/foam provided.
- Practise good respiratory hygiene (tissues, social distancing etc).
- Patients will be triaged to a single room for the collection of specimens.
Where will the testing be performed?
- Testing will be performed by Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology at our Bowen Hills laboratory.
- Once the specimen has reached the laboratory, the turnaround time (TAT) will be 24-72 hours. As the test numbers increase this TAT is likely to increase.
- The results will be released as soon as available. All positives will be notified to the referring doctor.
- A coronavirus request is notifiable regardless of the test result.
How much will it cost?
- There is now a Medicare rebate to cover the cost of coronavirus testing.
- If a valid Medicare card is not held, an upfront payment of $110 is required.
Where can specimens for coronavirus testing be collected?
Specimens can be collected at dedicated SNP collection centres by staff using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
- For a printable PDF list click the blue box below.
- To find a dedicated collection centre using our interactive map:
- Click on the blue box below.
- If no designated collection centre appears, scroll out to include the nearest collection centre to your location.
- If the collection centre is closed, please click on the collection centre name and a list of opening hours and contact details will appear.
Last information content update 2:42pm 23/03/2020
Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology is one of Australia’s largest and most respected diagnostic testing laboratories, regarded for our expertise in esoteric as much as routine testing. We are a member of the Sonic Healthcare group, a global company with a reputation for excellence.
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