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.
Morwell and Bairnsdale Respiratory Clinics ceased operating on 30 September 2022 and the Wonthaggi Respiratory Clinic on 21 October 2022.
Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are the preferred means of testing for COVID-19 for most Victorians. They are quick and accurate, particularly if you have symptoms or if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
RATs are available at most pharmacies and some retailers such as supermarkets. Only use tests that have been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). See the TGA’s list of approved tests here, including links to videos on how to use each test. This list is updated regularly.
You can find contact details for other Gippsland Respiratory Clinics below.
For other Gippsland testing locations, click here.
For alternative COVID-19 testing locations, please see the Victorian State Department of Health website.
Long Street Family Medicine is doing Traveller Certified RATs for anyone requiring this service.
People must be asymptomatic and bring in their identification (passport/driver’s licence). Cost is $60. This test usually needs to be done within 24-48 hours of flight however this will depend on airline/ country destination. It is the traveller’s responsibility to make sure it is done in the correct timeframe.
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.
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.
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.
Rapid antigen tests can check if you may have COVID-19. These tests can be done at home by yourself and most will provide you with a result in 15 to 30 minutes.
Rapid antigen tests can only tell you if you are likely to have COVID-19. In Victoria, a PCR test is still needed to confirm if a person has COVID-19.
If you test positive from a rapid antigen test, then you must self-isolate, get tested with a PCR test, and stay in isolation until you get your results.
The reasons you should use rapid antigen tests are changing.
If you are a contact of someone who has COVID-19, and you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms, you are recommended to use rapid antigen tests. You don’t need to get a PCR test unless you have symptoms. If you test positive on a rapid antigen test, or if you have symptoms, get a PCR test.
The following table can be used as a general guide for your rapid antigen test result:
Visit a COVID-19 testing site for a PCR test and isolate until you receive your results or are contacted by your local health authority.
If you feel well, continue as normal and monitor for symptoms. If you feel unwell visit a COVID-19 testing site for a PCR test to confirm your result.
Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions that came with your self-test kit.
For more information on rapid antigen testing, go to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/rapid-antigen-tests and for general information on testing, go to https://www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/getting-tested
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.
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.
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.