'Australia-first' trial of pharmacy COVID-19 testing begins

Health officials in SA say the pilot will assess feasibility of a state-wide program to boost testing capacity

Pharmacists are collecting nasopharyngeal swabs from patients with suspected COVID-19 under a new trial in South Australia.

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The two-week pilot is being run in five pharmacies in Adelaide ahead of a possible state-wide rollout, SA health officials have said.

Patients face no out-of-pocket costs although they must register with the SA Pathology website to receive their test results.

Until now, swab collection in Australia has been done exclusively by doctors, or by&nbsp