COVID-19/flu dedicated collection sites

These sites now also accepting patients for respiratory virus PCR (flu) testing - clinician referral required for both COVID-19 PCR and respiratory virus PCR (flu) testing

Please note: 

  • All high-risk patients (clinically significantly unwell including high fever, symptoms or signs of pneumonia) must be referred to a hospital-associated COVID testing site and not the Melbourne Pathology sites.
  • Some of our dedicated collection sites require the patient to book an appointment PRIOR to attending (see booking instructions below).

Melbourne Pathology's dedicated COVID-19 collection sites (listed below) accept COVID-19 testing for the following:

  • Pre-paid International travel testing
  • Pre-operative patients (patients must have a referral)
  • Pregnant patients
  • Patients requiring hospital admission or entry
  • Corporate patients
  • Symptomatic patients
  • Asymptomatic patients 
  • Close contact/exposure patients
  • Returned travellers
  • Respiratory virus PCR (flu) testing - MUST have clinicians referral for this test

 

Melbourne Pathology COVID-19 testing locations

Location Open

70 Alfred St, North Melbourne
WALK-IN: No appointment needed

Walk-in open 7 days
8:30am – 4:30pm

548 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale
WALK-IN: No appointment needed

Walk-in open 7 days
8:30am – 4:30pm

283B Carlisle St, Balaclava
WALK-IN: No appointment needed

Walk-in open 7 days
8:30am – 4:30pm

159 Jasper Rd, Bentleigh
DRIVE-THRU: Booking needed

M-F 8:30am – 4:30pm
(closed for lunch 12:15-1pm)

28 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
WALK-IN: Booking needed
On arrival, please wait at front door. Pathology collector will come out to see you for your COVID test.

M-F 1:30pm - 4:30pm

2/15 Childers St, Cranbourne
WALK-IN: No appointment needed

Walk-in open 7 days
8:30am - 4:30pm

Please note: These five COVID collection sites are CLOSED on weekends and public holidays unless specified.

Bookings

To book, patients can call 9287 7700 and select option 4, or email covidbookings@mps.com.au.

Upon arrival, patients must remain in their car and call the mobile number on the signage. The collector will come out to them.

 IMPORTANT:

  • All high-risk patients (clinically significantly unwell including high fever, symptoms or signs of pneumonia) must be referred to a hospital-associated COVID testing site and not the Melbourne Pathology sites.

Patients with a referral for both COVID-19 testing and other pathology tests

If your patient is experiencing respiratory symptoms, fever or has recently returned from overseas travel, please do not refer them to our standard collection centres. These sites are not equipped for COVID-19 collections or managing suspected COVID-19 patients and will not take the sample.

For COVID-19 swab collection, refer your patient to one of our dedicated COVID-19 collection sites (listed above). If the patient has a referral for other pathology tests in addition to the COVID-19 testing, these will need to be performed after the patient has tested negative to COVID-19 or once given clearance from DHHS if the test is positive.

Patients with COVID-like symptoms needing a blood test

Melbourne Pathology recognises that not all patients with respiratory symptoms or fever have COVID-19 and understand routine medical care of these patients is necessary and appropriate. Not all collection centres are suitable for patients with symptoms to attend. Click here for more information and for a list of collection centres to attend.

Patients with symptoms needing a COVID test, should attend one of our dedicated COVID-19 collection sites (listed above). 

Note for clinicians: All referrals for symptomatic patients needing a blood test or pathology collection other than a COVID test, should clearly state what is being investigated in the clinical notes.