People with mild symptoms should test for COVID-19

Symptomatic testing is for people who HAVE respiratory symptoms such as fever or chills or a respiratory sickness (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of smell).

Patients who have returned from overseas travel in the last fourteen (14) days or had contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should make an appointment to be tested at one of the six Gippsland respiratory clinics.

In addition, testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (headache, muscle pain, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND people  or who are healthcare or aged care workers.
 
Symptomatic testing
 for COVID-19 will continue across Gippsland through general practice Respiratory Clinics for a minimum of three months.

What is symptomatic testing?

Symptomatic testing is for people who HAVE respiratory symptoms such as fever or chills or a respiratory sickness (e.g. cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of smell). In addition, testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (headache, muscle pain, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND who are in close contacts to a confirmed case of COVID-19; who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or who are healthcare or aged care workers

What is asymptomatic testing?

 Asymptomatic testing is for people WITHOUT symptoms. People without symptoms should not be tested except in special circumstances such as recovered cases wishing to return to work in a healthcare facility or aged care facility or where requested by the Department of Health as part of outbreak management or enhanced surveillance. This will usually occur in a hospital, Pop Up Clinic in a retail outlet or in work locations such as schools or an aged care facility.

 It has never been more important than now to get tested. With the easing of restrictions comes the need to monitor any community outbreaks and this is done through extensive testing of people with mild symptoms such as cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, loss of smell and diarrhoea.

Gippslanders with mild respiratory symptoms (symptomatic testing) can be tested at Gippsland’s six Respiratory Clinics. Details below:

  • Warragul Respiratory Clinic – 197-199 Sutton Street, open weekdays.
    Book online or phone at 5642 6666.
  • Wellington Respiratory Clinic – 12 Inglis Street, Sale, open weekdays.
    Book online.
  • Foster Respiratory Clinic – 97 Station Road, open weekdays.
    Book online.
  • Wonthaggi Respiratory Clinic – 42 Murray Street (via Biggs Drive), open weekdays.
    Book online or phone 0492 036 568
  • Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic – at 20 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale (via corner of Forge Creek Road and Payne Street), open weekdays. .Book at  online or phone 4116 2014 (available from Monday).
  • Latrobe Valley Respiratory Clinic – 187-189 Princes Drive, open weekdays and Saturday morning. Book online or phone 5191 9321 (available from Monday).

Other testing facilities are also available (symptomatic and asymptomatic) at some hospitals and community health services including some outreach capacity.

  • Latrobe Regional Hospital temporary pop-up nurse-led clinic – corner of Tramway Road and Saskia Way, near Mid Valley Shopping Centre, 9am-4pm weekdays. Book by phoning 5173 8065 (open until the end of May, 2020).
  • Some private pathology clinics including ACL, 10-12 Grey Street, Traralgon, 7.30am-3.30pm weekdays. Book by phoning 5175 0900.

 Further details on testing, including locations, can be found at: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19 or by calling the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.