Where to get tested
NSW Health Pathology is now operating COVID-19 Testing Clinics at the following locations, no appointments necessary:
University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus, ICT carpark 1. (drive thru clinic) Monday - Sunday 8am - 4pm
Parramatta Community Health Centre (Jeffery House) 163 Marsden Street, Parramatta. Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Anyone can come and get tested if you're feeling unwell, even if you only have mild symptoms. No bookings needed.
Babies and children under five need to be tested at hospital.
Peak periods are early morning and late afternoon so if possible, please try to visit the clinics outside of these times.
For the latest update on these clinics, follow NSW Health Pathology's Facebook page
Our dedicated colleagues across the state are also a vital part of the NSW and international response to COVID-19 disease.
Find your nearest coronavirus testing centre here.
Who should be tested?
Anyone with symptoms should come forward for COVID-19 testing. Symptoms of coronavirus include sore throat, fever or tiredness, or acute respiratory illness.
Get tested if you have coronavirus symptoms and help us to identify as many cases in the community as quickly as possible.
What happens once you are tested?
All 60 of our labs are able to receive COVID-19 test samples collected from patients at public hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 fever clinics.
The nine NSWHP dedicated testing laboratories are ICPMR Westmead, Prince of Wales Randwick, Concord, Lismore, Liverpool, Nepean, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown, Royal North Shore and John Hunter in Newcastle.
Accredited testing is also being performed by the Elizabeth Macarthur Agriculture Institute (EMAI) for NSW Health Pathology.
If you are tested at a NSW Health public hospital fever clinic, COVID-19 clinic or emergency department, your results can be sent directly to you as a text message (SMS). Your local hospital health team will provide you with details on how to register. Results will be typically available 24 to 72 hours after testing. For more information visit our SMS test results page. If your test is arranged through a GP practice, including COVID-19 GP respiratory clinics run by the Australian Government, please check with them about how you will be informed of your result.
At present our total capacity is approximately between 8,000 - 15,000 tests/day, with turnaround times under 24 hours in metropolitan hospitals.
Self-collected swabs are likely to be somewhat less sensitive than the recommended healthcare worker collected upper respiratory tract swabs. You can read NSW Health Pathology’s clinical recommendations here. (PDF 86.4KB)
We review our testing strategy and capabilities daily to continue to meet evolving statewide needs and to make most efficient use of specialist diagnostic test kits and consumables, which remain in high global demand.