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COVID-19 Testing Clinics around Sydney’s North Shore

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The waiting area at Hornsby Hospital

Looking for a COVID-19 Testing Clinic around the North Shore? If you feel like you’re coming down with something… even if it’s just a sniffle, it’s best to be proactive and get tested for COVID-19. And stay home, until you get the results!

Getting tested for Covid-19 is easy. There are numerous COVID-19 Clinics as well as free COVID-19 GP Respiratory Clinics up and running around Sydney’s North Shore.

Testing is recommended if you have a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath and meet the current testing criteria.

As Hornsby Hospital share on their Facebook page, “Even if you have mild symptoms like fever, cough, sore or scratchy throat, change in taste or smell, stuffy nose or shortness of breath – please go and get tested. The COVID-19 test is quick and easy and you will receive your test results within 72 hours. While you’re waiting to receive your results, please stay home and isolate.”

Covid-19 Testing Clinics around Sydney’s North Shore

LocationAddressHow to book
Royal North Shore HospitalReserve Road, St LeonardsNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
St Leonards Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology2c Herbert Street, St LeonardsAppointment & referral required
Roseville Respiratory Clinic132 Pacific Highway, Roseville0434 189 047
Killara Drive Through Clinic28 Stanhope Road, KillaraNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
St Ives Community CentreMemorial Avenue, St IvesNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Hillview Community Health Centre1334 Pacific Hwy, Turramurra

No appointment or referral required. Turn up.

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai HospitalBuilding 1, Palmerston Road, HornsbyNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Castle Hill ShowgroundShowground Road, Castle HillNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Pennant Hills Community Health Centre5 Fisher Ave, Pennant HillsNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology5 Forest Way, Frenchs ForestAppointment & referral required
MedLab Pathology8 Hilmer St, Frenchs ForestReferral required. Turn up.
Ryde Respiratory Clinic11 Khartoum Road, Macquarie ParkReferral not required. Book online
Ryde HospitalDenistone Road, EastwoodNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Northern Beaches Hospital105 Frenchs Forest Road (West), Frenchs ForestNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.
Brookvale Community Health Centre Clinic612-624 Pittwater Road, Brookvale
Dee Why Respiratory ClinicG/5 Mooramba Road, Dee WhyBook online
Mona Vale HospitalCoronation St, Mona ValeNo appointment or referral required. Turn up.

Note: Clinics and opening hours are changing frequently. Information correct on 9 September 2020.

What North Shore Mums have to say about their COVID-19 tests

Feeling sick, and need to choose a COVID-19 Testing Clinic around the North Shore? Our mums share their experiences.

Royal North Shore Hospital:
‘Royal North Shore Hospital has a great testing centre and quick results.’ – Carolyn

“I took my 4 year old son to Royal North Shore hospital. They were very gentle and fast. Kids have a thinner swab compare to adults. I was told they’ve changed their process so no where close to an Influenza swab. I was expecting that for me but it was quick and easy.” – Jay

“We went to RNSH on Monday. No referral needed. My 5 year old laughed. They had an awesome nurse on who was great with kids. They did both her throat and nose. If you don’t have a mask, they will supply them. Just be prepared to wait in the cold. We waited about 1 hour before being tested. It is relatively quick once you are inside the clinic. You can then register to receive your negative result via SMS. The Department of Health will call you if your test is positive. Apparently RNSH has quicker result times because the pathology is onsite. We had our results with 28 hours.” – Felicity

Roseville Respiratory Clinic:

“Quick and easy and results in less than 24 hours. It’s behind the medical centre on the Pacific Highway next to Pizza Olla. You need to call for an appointment but it’s quick and easy.’ – Sarah

I went to Roseville Respiratory Clinic and it’s only a throat swab there – not uncomfortable at all and done in 5 minutes. Results are also now coming through the next day.” – Michelle

“Roseville Respiratory Clinic (park outside cinema) – call them to book, fill out a form. In and out in 5/6 minutes, results back in 8 and 10 hours for my two kids two weeks ago.” – Olwyn

Hornsby Hospital

The entry and exit to the Covid Testing Clinic at Hornsby Hospital

“I got tested at Hornsby Hospital. The clinic is located on Burdett Street, opposite Waitara Anglican School, and next to Only About Children. As soon as I arrived, I was given hand sanitiser and a face mask, and ushered inside to register. I then waited in the open air waiting area for about 10 minutes, before being called in for my test. They did both sides of my throat, and both nostrils. It was uncomfortable, but over and done with quickly! I was in and out within 15 minutes in total.” – Rachel

“I took my son (3) to Hornsby Hospital A&E and the paediatric staff did it and were brilliant with him. I think there’s a cut off age for the littlies to go there over poo up centres.” – Gemma

Macquarie Park

“I took my son to Laverty head office in Macquarie Park last week it was drive through and so easy!” – Nicci

“The drive through at Macquarie Park is highly recommended and results received following morning via text.” – Angela

Ryde Hospital

“Ryde Hospital testing was easy… drive in and they had signs where to park and you call a number and they will instruct you. No appointment, took 10 mins and they provided instructions on how to register your phone number to receive results.'”- Zoe

“Ryde did my son and it was a throat swap simple and easy it’s not too bad they didn’t do a nose swab.” – Sherry-Ann

Ryde Douglass Hanley Moir

“I went to the one at 5 Forest Way, Frenchs Forest, they only do one appointment every 20 min & parking on site so you need to book & need a doc referral, can get that consensus a phone doctor appointment though. They don’t all do kids & I can confirm this one does, it’s a Douglas Hanley Moir.” – Eleni

Northern Beaches Hospital

“I had Covid test last week – drive thru at Northern Beaches Hospital. Took ten mins. No bookings needed. Was simple and got results back within a day and a half. All I had was a sniffle and slightly sore throat.” – Amber

“It was very quick and easy for me to get my son tested at the Northern Beaches Hospital – he had a cough, which was his asthma. Drove around the the back of the hospital where they have the testing set up, waiting for a couple of people in front, gave his details, sat in a charge and they swabbed him (I bribed him with marshmallows to let them do it easily). Got the results within 12 hours through the text message system.”

Northern Beaches Hospital is quick & easy, just need to drive round the back, park and go to a big loading dock set up for tests.” – Haras

The COVID-19 Test: What happens

The Covid-19 test takes less than 30 seconds. The doctor will do one throat swab and two deep nasal swabs. Although slightly uncomfortable, it’s quick and painless.

  • ‘It didn’t hurt just made my eyes water’ – Michelle
  • ‘We were tested at a drive-thru clinic 2 days ago. Swabbed back of my throat and up one nostril only. Exactly the same for my 8 year old. Only about 3 secs each swab for me and maybe 2 secs for him. One nostril only.’ – Charlotte
  • ‘I found it uncomfortable not painful… and it literally lasts less than a min’ – Danielle
  • ‘My four year old had it and it wasn’t anything like I’ve heard about like adults have had. He didn’t even jump. Although he did say after ‘that doctor shouldn’t have put a stick in my nose’ – Kathleen

Getting your COVID-19 results

Results can take up to 72 hours (3 days) to come through. All patients tested for COVID-19 are required to home isolate until test results are provided by medical staff.

Getting tested at hospital

If you are tested at a NSW Health public hospital fever clinic, COVID-19 clinic or emergency departments, your results can be sent directly to you as an text message (SMS). Your local hospital health team will provide you with details on how to register. Results will typically be available 24 to 72 hours after testing.

If you test positive, you will be called by a healthcare professional.

Getting tested at at GP or Respiratory Clinic

If your test is arranged through a GP practice, including COVID-19 GP respiratory clinics run by the Australian Government, please check with them how you will be informed of your result.

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  • Mimi

    Mosman practice now offers drive thru testing in car park . Call practice first however and you need to remain in your car – You won’t miss where to go as theres a huge yellow box in parking lot .

    2 July 2020 at 1:46 am

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