The private company providing drive-through testing for COVID-19 in Dubbo is now helping Forbes fight the virus.
The Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) has announced Laverty Pathology is offering drive-through testing in the town.
WNSW PHN collaborated with Laverty Pathology, Forbes Shire Council and its community in establishing the three-day service.
"This has been another brilliant example in our region of a local community working collaboratively to keep each other safe during this extraordinary time," WNSW PHN chief executive officer Andrew Harvey said.
"This service is absolutely integral to ensuring that the residents and the community of Forbes are well placed to respond to any detection of COVID-19 locally."
Forbes Shire Council mayor Phyllis Miller OAM said testing services had been sporadic in the town.
"..this will provide an ongoing opportunity for testing for the community and provide reassurance in these difficult times," she said.
"It is so important we keep up this vigilance, as even the mildest of symptoms can be associated with the disease."
Mr Harvey agrees.
"I encourage everyone in the Forbes community and surrounding area that are suffering from any cold or flu-like symptoms, cough, runny nose, high temperature, itchy throat, no matter how mild, to be tested at this new service and stay home," he said.
The drive-through testing in Dubbo and Forbes is free but drivers must have a GP referral, identification and a Medicare card.
Testing in Dubbo is from 8am to noon on weekdays at the Dubbo RSL Memorial Club car park in Brisbane Street.
In Forbes the service is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8am and 1pm at 40-70 Church Street, with entry via Hill Street.