COVID-19 TASKFORCE SUSPECTED CASE FLOWCHART
WNSW PHN urges all Health Professionals to abide by advice from NSW Health in relation to testing for COVID-19.
COVID-19 PATIENT JOURNEY & TESTING OPTIONS
NSW Health COVID-19 Testing Clinic Information for Patients
NSW HEALTH COVID-19 CASE DEFINITION AND TESTING ADVICE
NSW HEALTH COVID-19 TESTING CRITERIA
COVID-19 CDNA NATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC HEALTH UNITS
When considering methods of testing it is important to understand the pre-test probability, the sensitivity of the test regarding what you are testing for, the interpretation of results and accuracy of that interpretation. It is easy to get this very wrong, and the ramifications are very serious.
Point of Care COVID-19 Serology Testing:
The current version of the POC Serology Test suffers from an unacceptably low sensitivity for COVID-19, and therefore has no clinical utility and should not be used.
PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY NETWORK STATEMENT ON POINT-OF-CARE SEROLOGY TESTING FOR SARS-COV-2
The process of obtaining an acceptable oro/nasopharyngeal sample is extremely uncomfortable for a patient and requires considerable technical skill. Patients are incredibly unlikely to possess the necessary technical skills to perform the test, and it would be almost impossible for a patient to tolerate a self-collected nasopharyngeal swab.
Self-swabbing would, therefore, increase the risk of false-negative test results due to sampling error, and false-negative test results are worse than not performing the test in the first place. I strongly recommend against self-collection.
Guide to Getting Patient Test Results
NSW Health has provided details on how Testing Services can send, and patients' regular GP can have access to, patient COVID-19 test results.
Any practices experiencing difficulties in accessing patient test results are asked to provide this information to WNSW PHN COVID-19 Coordinator, Tabitha Jones, by emailing: Tabitha.Jones@wnswphn.org.au
ACCESS THE PATIENT RESULTS ACCESS GUIDE HERE