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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) diagnostic testing

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Laboratory and medical staff, please contact

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This service is for samples sent by medical professionals only. ESR does not test patients onsite for COVID-19.

For COVID-19 health advice and information (including advice on getting tested), contact the Healthline team (for free) on 0800 358 5453 or +64 9 358 5453 for international SIMS.

ESR scientist preparing a polymerase chain reaction test as part of diagnostic laboratory testing for 2019 novel coronavirus v2ESR offers a molecular diagnostic laboratory test for COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). The service will accept respiratory samples from all suspect cases that have been discussed with the local Medical Officer of Health.

The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) screening and confirmation is based on a validated method widely used by many other national reference laboratories across the world.