COVID-19 PCR testing in NSW has changed
The Far West LHD COVID-19 PCR testing clinic will close at end of the month in line with NSW’s transition to a pathology referral model for COVID-19 PCR testing.
The Far West LHD COVID-19 testing clinic at the Community Health Centre will close after Wednesday, 31 May 2023.
COVID-19 PCR testing, if requested by a medical practitioner, will continue to be available to the community at private pathology services with a referral form.
This change reflects a decrease in demand for PCR testing across the district, due to changes in health recommendations, testing behaviour, and increased access to rapid antigen tests (RATs).
The LHD continues to partner with a number of community organisations to distribute and provide greater access to free RATS in the Broken Hill Community, this information is available on the LHD facebook page.
RATs are also freely available at the Broken Hill Hospital foyer (Thomas Street) and reception desk at the Broken Hill Community Health Centre (corner of Crystal and Sulphide Streets), and Service NSW service centres.
All remote communities in Far West LHD can access free RATs from their nearest NSW Health Facility, or mobile service centre.
For the majority of the population, RATs are the most convenient and appropriate test. PCR testing is important for those most at risk of severe COVID-19 and as recommend by treating clinicians.
The LHD wishes to express its sincere appreciation to all the staff who have worked tirelessly, including external partners, who have assisted in the operation of the COVID-19 testing clinic at its numerous sites since the start of the pandemic.
The LHD also acknowledges the support of the community during this time when the clinic was located at the Memorial Oval, Soccer Grounds, and Musicians Club car park.
Everyone is reminded that if you are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19, contact your doctor for testing advice. If you can't contact your doctor, call healthdirect on 1800 022 222 or use the online Service Finder to find a GP near you.
More information about where to access free RATS is available at Find a RAT near you.
Free COVID-19 PCR testing remains available when recommended by your GP.
For more information on COVID-19 testing: What COVID-19 test should I do? | NSW Government