For up-to-date information on how to manage patients presenting with symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) please see the below links for your relevant state:
New South Wales
Acutely unwell patients should be referred to the local ED, with the recommendation to call ahead.
Clinical Labs are able to collect and receive specimens from asymptomatic and mildly unwell patients.
Testing for COVID-19 in NSW is recommended for a person with fever (≥38°C) or history of fever (eg, night sweats, chills) or acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) who meets one or more of the following criteria:
See NSW Health Advice for more criteria.
People without symptoms should not be tested.
Patients presenting for testing must ensure the following:
Information updated 6.04.20 4:42pm EST.
COVID-19 Testing & Collection in Victoria
Clinical Labs is conducting COVID-19 testing, and from the 14th of April, COVID-19 Collection will also be available from selected collection centres in Victoria. Please see below for the current list of COVID-19 testing centres. These centres will be exclusively for COVID-19 collection - no other pathology tests will be collected at these sites. To ensure continued and safe collection services across all of our collection centres during this period, Clinical Labs has implemented the following safety protocols.
|Geelong||73-79 Little Ryrie Street
|3220||03 5221 3699||03 5221 3699||Mon-Fri: 7.30AM - 3.30PM
|St Albans||309 Main Road East
|3021||03 9367 7611||03 9310 8362||Mon-Fri: 8.00AM - 4.00PM
|Bundoora||(La Trobe University M/C)
Cnr Kingsbury & Plenty Road
|3086||03 9470 1056||03 9470 1056||Mon-Fri: 8.00AM - 4.30PM
|3/274 Springvale Road
|3150||03 9561 4863||03 9560 5060||Mon-Fri: 7.30AM - 3.30PM
|Mornington||127 Tanti Avenue
|3931||03 5975 9993||03 5975 2177||Mon-Fri: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
|Traralgon||10-12 Grey Street
|3844||03 5174 0285||03 5174 0285|| Mon-Fri: 7.30AM - 3.30PM
Patients should arrive to the COVID-19 collection centres with a correctly completed pathology request form signed by their referring doctor (Medicare requirement), and will receive instructions on how to self-collect the sample. If you are running Telehealth Consultations please click here to find out how we can support you with this.
Clinical Labs can receive specimens from mildly unwell patients. Acutely unwell patients should be referred to the local ED, with the recommendation to call ahead.
Criteria for Testing
The current clinical guidelines for testing is as follows:
Testing for COVID-19 in Victoria is recommended for a person with fever (greater or equal to 38°C) or history of fever (eg, night sweats, chills) or acute respiratory infection (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, sore throat) who meets one or more of the following criteria:
The criteria for testing is subject to change.
If practitioners wish to collect, it is critical to use only one swab when testing, as there is significant pressure on supply of swabs and reagent kits for COVID-19 testing. Please provide clinical details on request slips so high-risk patients and healthcare workers can be prioritised.
The department no longer needs to be notified about any suspected cases. Only confirmed cases need to be notified to the department. This should be done as soon as practicable by calling 1300 651 160, 24 hours a day. Clinical Labs will be sending specimens to the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) to undertake confirmatory testing for COVID-19.
Information updated 09.04.20 5:46pm EST.
No testing should be requested for 2019-nCoV without prior approval by the Communicable Disease Control Branch. To obtain approval and request more information please telephone 1300 232 272, 24 hours a day.
Collection Centres will not be collecting the samples for coronavirus. Samples collected by practitioners will not be accepted by Clinical Labs - please contact the CDCB on the number above to arrange sample delivery to the appropriate laboratory.
With the increase in Telehealth consultations, Clinical Labs WA continue to partner with you to ensure your patients can access pathology services to complement your care. Our laboratories remain fully operational and we are ready to work with you during this challenging time.
Please click here for further information for referrals for Telehealth patients.
Due to extreme pressure on the consumables required for testing both locally and nationally, WA Health has undertaken to prioritise testing to ensure that the suspect case definition is strictly applied.
Collections for testing for COVID-19 in Perth Metropolitan region can ONLY be performed at COVID clinics, hospitals, other high risk settings (aged and residential care facilities, military operational settings, boarding schools, correctional facilities, detention centres, Aboriginal rural and remote communities) where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred, where there are two or more people with plausibly linked, clinically compatible illness. In country areas collections can only be undertaken by hospitals, health centres and remote health clinics operated by the WA Country Health Service, Silver Chain, Aboriginal Medical Services or RFDS.
Clinical Labs Collection Centres will not be collecting patient samples for testing for COVID-19. All requests for information on COVID-19 should be referred to PHEOC at email@example.com or visit health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus.
Information updated 08.04.20 12:31pm EST.