COVID-19 testing given priority at facilities in the local health district of West New South Wales | Daily Central West

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Due to the high demand for COVID-19 testing and the resulting stress for New South Wales health pathology laboratories, the West New South Wales local health district has announced that it would prioritize testing at its facilities. From now on, inpatients in public hospitals and multi-purpose facilities, healthcare workers and elderly care facilities will be given priority. People with symptoms of COVID-19 will also be given priority treatment. People identified as close contacts of a confirmed COVID-19 case will be treated after these priority groups, and we urge patience if they have to wait after showing up for testing. COVID-19 testing for travel is not recommended at WNSWLHD facilities because due to the high demand for treatment, results are unlikely to be available within 72 hours. Any COVID-19 testing for travel will only be considered if capacity permits. This does not apply to clinics managed by external providers and turnaround times in clinics of these providers are also subject to demand. Anyone requiring a COVID-19 test to travel is advised to come to a clinic operated by an external provider such as Laverty Pathology, Histopath or Barratt & Forgeron. WNSWLHD cannot guarantee that results will be available within 72 hours if testing is performed by external providers. Testing is a strict priority to help reduce pressure on WNSWLHD facilities and NSW’s health pathology laboratories by limiting non-clinical or elective testing at these facilities. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content: VOTE Send a letter to the editor using the form below



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