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COVID-19 Testing in Gippsland

Gippsland has six Respiratory Clinics where you can get COVID testing. Testing is fast and free. You can make an appointment or in many cases just walk in.

COVID Testing in Gippsland

COVID-19 Testing in Gippsland

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing remains one of the best ways to keep people safe and stay open, so anyone in Gippsland with symptoms, no matter how mild, should get tested as soon as possible.

Details of Gippsland’s Respiratory Clinics are below. You can also check the DHHS website for information about testing facilities and exposure sites as well as the current levels of restrictions such as masks and limits on gatherings.

Current COVID-19 information in Gippsland

People are naturally anxious to get tested as positive cases rise across Gippsland. Demand at all testing facilities is high. Please be patient. Remember you only need a COVID-19 test if you are:
* experiencing symptoms
* have visited a Tier 1 publicly listed exposure site within the specified times
* have been directed to get a test by the Victorian Department of Health
If you are none of the above, then please consider giving up your place in the queue for someone who needs a test more than you.
For details of the six Gippsland Respiratory Clinics, see below or for the latest advice from the Gippsland Region Public Health Unit on COVID-19 Tier 1 exposure sites across Gippsland and testing locations, please click the update from the GRPHU below.

GRPHU Update 19112021

Get tested at Gippsland Respiratory Clinics

Six Gippsland Respiratory Clinics are conducting respiratory testing including for COVID-19.

Opening hours and booking details for all clinics are listed below.

Do I Really Need a Test?

If you have even MILD symptoms you need to be tested without delay.

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

Testing is recommended for people with onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19: headache, muscle pain, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea.

If in doubt, get tested and be sure to isolate until you receive a negative result.

Asymptomatic testing

People who do not have symptoms (asymptomatic) 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 when 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.

If in doubt call the Coronavirus Hotline: 1800 675 398.

Respiratory Clinics in Gippsland

People wanting COVID-19 testing can visit any of these respiratory clinics across Gippsland. If your preferred clinic is full at your preferred time, try another. It’s important to be tested as quickly as possible and isolate until you receive a negative result. Many clinics offer both testing and vaccination so be sure that you are booking the service you need.

Key contacts

Coronavirus Hotline

1800 675 398

Warragul Respiratory Clinic

170 Normanby Street, Warragul (enter through Stoffers Street car park)

Open weekdays 9am-5pm. Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 October 8.45am-5pm. Book online or phone at 5642 6666. Appointment needed, no referral required.

Book online here

Wellington Respiratory Clinic

12 Inglis Street, Sale

Open weekdays 9am-5pm. Book online or phone 5143 7900 and 5143 7981. Appointment needed, no referral required. Will be open every day except weekends and public holidays.

Book online here

Foster Respiratory Clinic

97 Station Road, Foster

Open weekdays, 9am-1pm. Book online or phone 5682 2088. Appointment needed, no referral required.

Book online here

Wonthaggi Respiratory Clinic

42 Murray Street Wonthaggi (via Biggs Drive)

Open weekdays 1-5pm. Book online or phone 0492 036 568.

Book online here

Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinic

20 Forge Creek Road, Bairnsdale (via corner of Forge Creek Road and Payne Street)

Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Book online or phone 4116 2014. Appointment needed, no referral required.

Book online here

Latrobe Valley Respiratory Clinic

185-189 Princes Drive, Latrobe

Open weekdays 9am-5pm. Book online or phone 5191 9321. Appointment needed, no referral required.

Book online here

Other testing facilities are also available (symptomatic and asymptomatic) at some hospitals and community health services including some outreach capacity. Further details on testing, including locations, can be found at: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19 or by calling the 24-hour coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

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