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COVID-19 testing strictly prioritised at WNSWLHD facilities

28 December 2021

Due to the high demand for COVID-19 testing and the subsequent stress on NSW Health Pathology laboratories, testing will be strictly prioritised at all Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) facilities.

Effective immediately, the following groups will be given priority for PCR testing at WNSWLHD facilities, including all Hospitals and Multi-Purpose (MPS) facilities in the District:

  • Public Hospital and MPS inpatients.
  • Healthcare workers.
  • Other emerging priority groups, such as aged-care facilities, as determined by the WNSWLHD Public Health Unit.

People showing active symptoms for COVID-19 are also treated as a priority.

Those identified as close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be processed after those priority groups, and we urge patience should they be required to wait after presenting for testing.

COVID-19 testing for travel is not advised at any WNSWLHD facilities as, due to high processing demand, results are unlikely to be available within 72 hours. Any COVID-19 testing for travel will be only be considered if capacity allows.

Please note, this does not apply to clinics operated by external providers and turnaround time at those providers’ clinics are also subject to demand.​

Anyone who requires COVID-19 testing for travel is advised to present at a clinic operated by an external provider like Laverty Pathology, Histopath or Barratt & Smith. WNSWLHD cannot guarantee results will be available within 72 hours if tests are conducted by external providers.

Testing is being strictly prioritised to help reduce the strain on WNSWLHD facilities and the NSW Health Pathology laboratories by limiting non-clinical or non-urgent testing within those facilities.