Bendigo Health has opened a drive through Coronavirus Screening Clinic to expand our capacity to test for COVID-19 in the region.
The drive through clinic is in the La Trobe Clinical Health School car park. Entry is via Mercy Street and cars will exit to Arnold Street.
The clinic will complement our existing walk in clinic on Stewart Street and has been set up to meet demand for testing in the community.
Bendigo Health CEO, Peter Faulkner said the clinic will provide swab testing and is a good option for the elderly, those less mobile and families.
“It’s designed to give the local community much more options for testing,” he said.
“The more testing we can do the more assurance we can give ourselves there is no community transmission in this community.”
Bendigo Health Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, David Rosaia said children under five years of age will not be screened at the drive through clinic, they will have to present to the walk-in clinic.
“If you come to the Bendigo Health precinct you have two options to be screened and swabbed,” he said.
The drive through clinic will operate the same hours as the walk-in clinic, 10am-5.30-pm, seven days a week.
If the drive through is full, people will be directed to the walk-in clinic, where car parking is available on Stewart Street, opposite the main entrance to the old emergency department.
Both clinics will test people with respiratory symptoms which include; fever, sore throat, shortness of breath, cough, a runny nose, or loss of smell.
Bendigo Health has tested approximately 11500 people for COVID-19 and currently averages around 250 tests per day.