Aged Care COVID-19 Testing Response Plan

Thursday, 30 April 2020 | Brooke Kenny

The Australian Government has engaged Sonic Healthcare to provide a dedicated pathology service for rapid sample collection and testing for COVID-19 at all Aged Care facilities. As your local Sonic entity, Clinpath Pathology are here to support you and your team through this pandemic.

When it comes to your residents and employees, we understand the importance of keeping them all safe.

This announcement recognises the unique challenges in providing COVID-19 testing within an aged care environment, and ensures it is managed respectfully and with care.

Information will be released to each of your facilities, including:

  • A COVID-19 Testing Response Plan poster providing a step-by-step guide in the event of a suspected case of COVID-19 within your facility, and
  • An Aged Care Facility Checklist to be completed in the event a suspected case is positive, to help ensure an efficient process in the subsequent testing of all other residents and staff members onsite.

We have also created a website page to retain all resources for easy access. The link is:

Clinpath Pathology looks forward to supporting your facility and ensuring the provision of this important pathology service.

Should you have any questions at all regarding this service, or if you require any additional copies of our poster or checklist, please do not hesitate to contact us via our dedicated ACF COVID-19 Hotline on 1800 570 573 (8am–6pm). Alternatively, contact our dedicated Aged Care Coordinator, Stephanie Hubbard on 0436 854 926 if you have any further questions or queries.
Brooke Kenny
Pre Analytics & Special Projects Manager
Clinpath Pathology