COVID-19 testing now available at Mater Pathology

19/Mar/2020     Pathology

Mater Pathology has commenced testing for COVID 19.

 

Testing criteria
Queensland Health has updated its guidelines for COVID-19 testing and will now test people who have any of the following respiratory symptoms such as a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath and fatigue. 

If you meet the testing criteria, please visit your nearest Fever Clinic or contact your doctor immediately. Before your appointment, please call ahead and advise of your symptoms and any recent travel so that they can prepare for your visit.

Testing process
Testing for COVID-19 involves collecting nasal or throat swabs, and sputum (mucus coughed up). These samples are then transferred to the nearest laboratory that is set up to test for COVID-19. After testing, you will be sent home to self-quarantine to wait for the results.

Where to get tested
If you have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms and meet the above criteria you can present to your nearest Fever Clinic or to Mater's COVID-19 testing clinic located at Suite 2, 600 Stanley Street, South Brisbane between 8 am and 4 pm to be assessed for testing. Here is a flyer with a map and car parking details.

Outside of South Brisbane, Mater Private Hospital Springfield has reopened its COVID-19 Testing Clinic to support the local community in testing for COVID-19. The testing clinic is open between 8 am to 4 pm until further notice. The clinic is open to the public (of all ages) and ‘walk in only’ with GP referrals encouraged, but not required.

 

Information for GPs referring patients for testing

If referring a patient for testing at one of our centres:
  • Please call ahead to notify our collector of a suspected COVID-19 case is on the way, so that appropriate infection control precautions can be arranged prior to arrival. A full list of Mater Pathology collection centres can be found here.
  • Ensure your patient has a referral form—this may be faxed ahead by arrangement with the collection centre.
  • Ensure your patient has been provided with a suitable face mask.

Collecting samples in your practice

Information relating to safe collection procedures can be found on the Australian Government Department of Health site at: Interim advice on non-inpatient care of persons with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), including use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Samples accepted:

  • Dry viral swabs (for example, flocked swab)
  • Collect at least one from the nasopharynx
  • If possible, please also collect one from the oropharynx (throat)
For any questions or enquiries related to this service, please contact the Mater Pathology team:
General enquiries: 07 3163 7500
Facsimile: 07 3163 8783 
Email:  pathology.enquiries@mater.org.au 
 
For more information and the latest updates on COVID-19 at Mater, visit mater.org.au/health/mater-covid-19-update/patients-families-and-general-community

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