Pre-operative patients, pre-travel patients and nursing home staff (ASYMPTOMATIC ONLY)
Melbourne Pathology is assisting with the testing of asymptomatic pre-operative patients, pre-travel patients and asymptomatic nursing home staff requiring COVID-19 testing.
These people can attend one of our collection centres listed below for COVID collection. ONLY asymptomatic pre-operative patients, pre-travel patients and asymptomatic nursing home staff will be accepted for COVID testing at these sites. Symptomatic patients should attend one of our dedicated COVID collection sites.
Those who meet the above criteria (asymptomatic pre-operative patient, asymptomatic pre-travel patient or asymptomatic nursing home staff member) MUST also have evidence of their requirement for testing. Vouchers have been provided for nursing home staff, and a letter from their clinician for pre-operative patients. All pre-operative patients and pre-travel patients must have a pathology referral for testing, in addition to any letter.
Patients can also attend any of our dedicated COVID collection sites or car park drive-thru sites ensuring they have their letter (for pre-op patients) or voucher (for nursing home staff).
Collection centres available for ASYMPTOMATIC pre-operative patients and pre-travel patients and ASYMPTOMATIC nursing home staff for COVID testing:
Balaclava - 287B Carlisle St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 12:30pm, Sun 8:30am - 12:30pm
Ballarat - 63 Victoria St, M-F 8:30am - 5pm
Beaumaris - 471 Balcombe Rd, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 11:30am
Bendigo - L1, 1 Chum St, M-F 8am - 5:30pm, Sat 9am - 12noon
Bentleigh - 153 Jasper Rd, M-F 7:30am - 5pm, Sat 7:30am - 12noon
Cranbourne - 26 William St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 12noon
Deepdene - 59 Whitehorse Rd, Mon - Sat 8:30 - 9:30am only
East Melbourne - 124 Grey St, M-F 11am - 5pm, Sat 8am - 12noon
Epping - Suite 8/230 Cooper St, M-F 9am - 3:30pm, Sat 8:30am - 11am
Geelong (Waurn Ponds) - Epworth Geelong, 1 Epworth Pl, M-F 8:30am - 5pm
Moe - 46 - 48 Albert St, M-F 8am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 11:30am
Moonee Ponds - 45A Hall St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 11am
Mornington - 262 Main St, M-F 8:30am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 12noon
Pakenham - Unit 2, 63 Main St, M-F 8am-4:30pm, Sat 8am-12noon
Ringwood - 38 Bond St, M-F 8am - 4pm, Sat 8am - 12noon
Rye - 2 Ozone St, M-F 8:30am - 5pm (closed 1-2pm)
Somerville - 67 Eramosa Road West, M-F 8:30am - 5pm, Sat 8:30am - 12noon
St Albans - 22 Victoria St, M-F 7:30am - 4pm, Sat 7:30am - 12noon
Please note: These sites are CLOSED on public holidays. See our dedicated COVID collection sites for sites that are open.
Self-collect kits - sample drop-off
Some patients may be offered the self-collect option from their referring doctor. Once collected appropriately, these can be dropped to any of our collection centres if the patient is ASYMPTOMATIC. No samples should be dropped by symptomatic patients.
Click here for self-collect information
COVID-19 serology testing (IgM)
SARS-CoV-2 serology testing is available at Melbourne Pathology.
Currently, the main role of COVID-19 serology is in the retrospective diagnosis of disease. Testing is not advised until at least 14 days after a suspected illness. This test does NOT diagnose acute infection in the patient. COVID-19 serology assesses if the person has an immune response to the virus, which takes at least two weeks to develop. It may be useful when symptomatic individuals with suspected COVID-19 have not been tested by PCR for SARS-CoV-2 at the time of their illness, or when their result was negative or inconclusive. It can also identify those whose previous infection was asymptomatic.
While most infected individuals will have detectable antibody by the third week after symptom onset, the duration of the antibody response remains uncertain and whether it results in protective immunity, has not been established. It is important that all patients who have had infection with SARS-CoV-2, whether diagnosed by PCR or serology, should still have a COVID-19 vaccine should one become available in the future.
Our initial test is with the Roche Anti-SARS-CoV-2 Total antibody test, which detects both IgG and IgM. If testing for COVID-19 by IgM is required for immigration purposes, along with PCR, this will be covered by this assay. All samples which are reactive by this assay are reflexed to a second assay, the Diasorin Liaison IgG Anti-SARS-CoV-2 IgG test. These tests have been accredited by NATA for use in our laboratory.
For those requiring a COVID RT-PCR + IgM serology test for travel purposes, these patients must attend one of our asymptomatic COVID testing branches. Click here to view the list of available branches to attend. Please check the hours of COVID testing prior to presenting. Patients cannot attend one of these branches for a COVID test if they have COVID symptoms.