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What is Covid Test Sydney?
The best thing Sydney can do right now is massively increase testing of all people with even the mildest symptoms. By finding the virus, tracking and tracing contacts, we can stop the spread.
- The sooner we can identify COVID-19 cases, the sooner we can get back to our normal way of life.
- In addition to social distancing, widespread testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.
- Testing gives us crucial data that we need to track the spread of the virus, contain it, and to help find a cure and save lives.
“NSW is now saying to anyone across the state, if you have symptoms, if you’re worried you have COVID-19 or if you’ve been in contact with someone who may have it, please come forward and get tested.” – Gladys Berejiklian
ORDERING THE TEST
How the test works
The test is ordered by a doctor, via fax or email. The collection kit is provided free of charge and the test is bulk billed, so there is no cost to the patient. When ordering the test, please request Covid-19 PCR on the request form. Tests can be ordered at any time. The laboratory collects specimens and performs testing 7 days a week.
Results are generally available the next day. If you use HealthLink, the results will be delivered electronically. Results are also faxed. Patients will receive their result via a secure text message. All positive results will be telephoned to the patient and doctor. All results are also notified to Public Health.
PROFESSIONAL Lab TechniciansOut Staff are highly skilled and utilise the testing facilities
How do I get a test?
Is the test the same as that provided at hospitals, pop up clinics and drive through clinics?
Why self collection?
Is self collection as good as healthcare worker collection?
What days of the week will the testing be provided?
Times are subject to change, however, currently we are providing home testing 7 days a week.
How will the testing results be available for those who get tested?
How will primary care providers stay informed of testing results of their patients?
Is testing available outside of Sydney?
I know they are ramping up testing, but “who” is the entity controlling the testing?
Who is going to do the testing and how long will you wait before getting results?
How does this initiative "increase" testing if we still have limitations in testing capacity?
What should I do if my test results come back as INCONCLUSIVE?
Where can I find more information about NSW Health criteria for testing?
How will my data collected in the questionnaire be used?
- Healthcare service providers or other relevant parties involved in your care or requesting services on your behalf (including for the purpose of obtaining second opinions or making referrals, on your behalf, for specialist medical services)
- Statutory registries or bodies where requested to do so by you or as required by law (in particular Notification of Covid-19 test results to NSW Health, in accordance with Public Health Act 2010)