Monash Pathology continues to receive a large number of samples for COVID-19 PCR testing from inpatients, emergency departments and screening clinics; and is working hard to get results out in a timely fashion.
Currently, the turn-around time from sample collection to the result being available to the clinician is around 24 hours, but up to 48 hours. This may vary depending on test availability and workload.
The laboratory is prioritising testing of inpatients, emergency patients and employees. If the test is collected from an outpatient (including employment), they will receive a text message with their result as soon as it is available. We respectfully ask if clinical staff could refrain from phone calls to the laboratory to allow our busy molecular team to perform tests.