COVID-19 self-collect swab
A self-collect swab has been made available and can be arranged in consultation with a doctor. This collection method has been validated by Sonic Healthcare and self-collected specimens have been shown to be an acceptable alternative to specimens collected by healthcare workers. A doctor referral is essential for this option.
Early detection and isolation of COVID-19-positive patients, and their contacts, may aid in mitigating community transmission.
Animated 'how-to' instructional video
As an additional resource, this ‘how-to’ video has been created to complement the included instructions, and to further assist patients in completing a self-collection.
The video demonstrates the procedure in a step-by-step format, including:
- Appropriate preparation
- Throat and nasal swab collection
- Packaging the completed swab
- Returning the sample for testing
View step-by-step self-collect swab instructions