COVID-19 testing now available at Mater Pathology

19/Mar/2020     Pathology

Mater Pathology has commenced testing for COVID 19.

Testing can be performed on samples collected on-site in general practice, or through our collection centre network.

Criteria for testing
Advice and criteria for testing may change subject to Public Health advice.
The latest guidelines should be referred to, and are available through Queensland Health’s Clinical Guidelines and Procedures: Information for Queensland clinicians and Healthcare Workers-Novel coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelinesprocedures/novel-coronavirus-qld-clinicians
 
Where to go for testing
Safety is our utmost priority. If your nearest collection centre is not listed below, please seek confirmation that testing can be performed at that site prior to sending patients.
 
Mater Pathology may be able to perform this style of testing at most collection centre sites, however three collection centres have been specifically set up for COVID-19 specimen collection with separate treatment rooms available for infection control:
 
COVID-19 testing centres are located at:
  • Coorparoo Cnr Old Cleveland Road and French Street Telephone 07 3397 5494
  • Yamanto 512-514 Warwick Road Telephone 07 3294 1735
  • Cleveland 46-50 Middle Street Telephone 07 3163 8500

Information on 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)
Public Health Unit notifiable diseases

COVID-19 is classified as a notifiable disease to the Public Health Unit. If your patient meets the current criteria for suspected COVID-19, please notify the appropriate public health unit for your area: https://www.health.qld.gov.au/system-governance/contact-us/contact/public-health-units

References and resources:

Information for Queensland clinicians and Healthcare Workers – Queensland Health https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice/guidelines-procedures/novel-coronavirus-qldclinicians

Interim advice on non-inpatient care of patients with suspected or confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) https://www.health.gov.au/resources/publications/interim-advice-on-non-inpatient-care-of-personswith-suspected-or-confirmed-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-including-use-of-personalprotective-equipment-ppe

 
For any questions or enquiries related to this service, please contact:
Deb Hornsby, General Manager Mater Pathology 0401 216 477 or email deb.hornsby@mater.org.au; or
 
General enquiries: 07 3163 7500
Facsimile: 07 3163 8783 
Email:  pathology.enquiries@mater.org.au 
 

Public relations contacts

07 3163 6142