Southern Illawarra and South Coast residents now have better access to COVID-19 testing with two dedicated assessment clinics now open at Shellharbour and Shoalhaven hospitals.
Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District public health director Curtis Gregory said the opening of the two clinics - as well as the existing clinic at the Wollongong Hospital campus - would ease pressure on those hospital's emergency departments.
He said those who fit the criteria could now be tested and treated more quickly.
"We are encouraging the community to be aware of the criteria for COVID-19 testing to ensure we can prioritise and protect anyone at high risk of infection," he said.
"Those who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days, and most importantly, are also showing fever and/or respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath or sore throat are encouraged to attend the clinic. Close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases are also within the criteria for such testing."
People do not need a GP referral, however they should call ahead to make sure they do fit the criteria, and to help minimise waiting times.
Plans for a similar clinic at Milton Ulladulla Hospital are underway according to the health district, with details to be shared shortly.
Shellharbour Hospital Assessment Clinic:
The clinic is located at the Ambulatory Care Centre. Follow signs from hospital entrance to ACC carpark. There will be a drop-off zone at the carpark steps.
The clinic will operate from 8:30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Phone: 4295 2862.
Shoalhaven Hospital Assessment Clinic:
The clinic is located in the Hospital in the Home area. Entry to the clinic is via the Shoalhaven Street driveway.
The clinic will operate from 8:30am to 4.30pm, 7 days a week. Phone: 1300 002 108.
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