On 12th March 2020, the COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic by World Health Organization (WHO).
As the coronavirus begins to spread in Australia, there are new concerns of where to get tested for COVID-19. We have a complete list of all the COVID-19 screening and testing centres as well as dedicated fever clinics all around Australia.
Wotmed aims to be as accurate as possible to provide the most relevant information, however, we would advise you to check health.gov.au for the latest information and development on coronavirus, COVID-19.
As at 6:30am on 31 March 2020, there have been 4,359 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia. There have been 266 new cases since 6:30am yesterday.https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert
The following are the currently available screening centres of each state in Australia. We encourage you to heed advice from your state’s Department of Health and follow instructions to avoid overwhelming our health systems and hospitals. Find your local state and territory health departments here.
Majority of these clinics are for people who have COVID-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough) AND have recently returned from overseas OR have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.
Please note that some screening centres or fever clinics may require GP referrals or that a pre-assessment is performed and a suspected COVID-19 infection is established before you can attend.
New South Wales (NSW) screening centres
In New South Wales, several screening hospitals can be found: [Updated 23 March 2020 with TWO additional COVID-19 screening centres and a GP respiratory clinic]
- Royal Prince Alfred Hospital 8.00 am until 10.00 pm daily
- Concord Hospital 8.00am until 6.00pm daily – across road from ED in Sports Institute Building
- St Vincent’s Hospital 10.30am to 6.00pm daily. Enter via main hospital entrance and follow the green line to the Flu Assessment Clinic.(*All non-emergency presentations for testing of children should go to Sydney Children’s Hospital or Royal Prince Alfred Hospital)
- Prince of Wales Hospital 10.00am to 8.00pm Monday – Friday, 10.00am to 1.00pm Sat/Sun – Building 14B Avoca St, Randwick
Sutherland Hospital 8.00am – 8.00pm Monday – Friday, Ground Floor, old Emergency Department, Kareena Road entrance, then follow signs from ED.
Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick – clinic available – 5.00pm – 9.00pm Monday – Friday, 1.30pm – 9.00pm Saturday, Sunday
The services are staffed by Emergency Department clinicians for patients suspected of COVID-19 infection. Patients should meet testing criteria as specified under triage. No referral required.
More clinics are being established across the region and we will update you when this happens. Note that once a patient has been tested at ED or an associated coronavirus screening clinic the clinic will contact the patient regarding their results.
A GP respiratory clinic in Ryde, NSW has been set up as of 21 March 2020.
Victoria (VIC) screening centres
In Victoria, 19 screening centres have been established in Melbourne:
- The Alfred Hospital
- Albury Wodonga
- Austin Hospital
- Ballarat Base Hospital
- Barwon Health – Geelong
- Bendigo Hospital
- Box Hill Hospital
- Casey Hospital
- Echuca Hospital
- Kyneton District Health
- Monash Clayton
- Northern Hospital
- Peninsula Health – Frankston
- Phillip Island Health Hub
- The Royal Children’s Hospital
- The Royal Melbourne Hospital
- St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne
- Sunshine Hospital
- Wonthaggi Hospital
If you are concerned, call the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398. For more information, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/novelcoronavirus.
Western Australia (WA) screening centres
In Western Australia, from the 10th March 2020, COVID clinics have been established from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm daily
1. Royal Perth Hospital – Ground floor, Ainslie House, 48 Murray Street, Perth
2. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital – C Block, Hospital Avenue, Nedlands
3. Fiona Stanley Hospital – Bedbrook Row, north-eastern end of hospital, Murdoch
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) screening centres
In Australian Capital Territory, it is advised that you call your GP and let them know you are worried you may have COVID-19. Calling your GP before you attend the practice allows them to plan for your visit and take appropriate infection control measures. Please follow their advice, including wearing a surgical mask if they provide you one.
- Testing will be arranged by your medical practitioner if they determine it is necessary. It usually takes about 24 – 48 hours for the test results to be returned, but in some cases may take longer. Further information for someone who is being tested is available here.
- Your GP will call the Canberra Hospital Emergency Department if you are very unwell.
Canberra’s walk-in centres are available to assess individuals who are concerned that they have COVID-19.
- The preferred walk-in centre for assessment is the Weston Creek walk-in centre [24 Parkinson Street, Weston]. However, if you attend a different walk-in centre you will be seen.
Staff in our walk-in centres are trained to assess and, if required, undertake the correct testing.
If you are attending the ACT’s walk-in centres, please ensure you use a mask and hand sanitiser available at the front door.
If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call triple zero (000). Let them know you are worried you may have COVID-19.
Queensland (QLD) screening centres and fever clinics
For Queensland, there are currently 2 coronavirus fever clinics at Robina Health Precinct and Gold Coast University Hospital. The clinics at both facilities are open from 9am to 9pm seven days a week, with screening stations at the main entrances.
Only people who meet specific criteria will be tested for coronavirus: those who have COVID-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough) AND have recently returned from overseas OR have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.
Robina Health Precinct
There is paid-parking out the front of this the Robina Health Precinct building or you can access it from the pedestrian tunnel off Bayberry Lane near Robina Hospital. This is the same tunnel that links the train station to the high school. The screening point at the Robina Health Precinct building is in the foyer, on the ground floor. The actual fever clinic is located on level two and you will be directed to this location AFTER being seen at the screening station.
Gold Coast University Hospital
At Gold Coast University Hospital, there are screening stations at the entrances near the emergency department, ground floor foyer, and the level 1 outpatient clinic entrance. The actual fever clinic is located on level five and you will be directed to this location AFTER being seen at the screening station.
These screening points are staffed by registered nurses who will help people with their coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns by either:
Directing them to a fever clinic for testing,
Directing them to the emergency department for treatment, OR
Advising them to see a GP because it is likely that their symptoms are from a COVID-19 infection, and can be treated by a GP.
South Australia (SA) screening centres and drive-in mobile testing collection centres
In South Australia, dedicated COVID-19 clinics are open across metropolitan South Australia:
- Royal Adelaide Hospital
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Lyell McEwin Hospital
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital
These clinics are for people who have COVID-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough) AND have recently returned from overseas OR have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.
By triaging, testing, and referring suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, these clinics will take pressure off our Emergency Departments in the event of an outbreak and help to minimise the spread of infection.
Our regional hospitals are also making plans within their Local Health Networks to manage potential COVID-19 cases.
Drive-through testing at the Repat
A drive-through COVID-19 collection centre is located at the reactivated Repat site. Tests can be taken with the patient still in the vehicle, minimising the risk of spreading the infection. This will support GPs who may not be able to perform the test in their own clinic. Patients need a referral from their GP to access this service.
SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan Adelaide Domiciliary Service staffed by nurses for the collection of potential COVID-19 specimens within a persons’ home. Patients need a referral from their GP to access this service.
Tasmania (TAS) mobile screening clinic
In Tasmania, on the 5 March 2020, a screening centre has been set up in Hobart. However, the clinic is not open for walk-up testing, and anyone who thinks they may need testing should first contact the Public Health Hotline, on 1800 671 738.
Following this assessment, you may be directed to attend the clinic for testing.
This clinic, provided in a mobile clinic supplied by the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania, will enable assessment to occur and is located close to the Launceston General Hospital Emergency Department
Address: 274-280 Charles St, Launceston TAS 7250
Phone: 03 6777 6777
I’ve been tested for the coronavirus, now what?
Unfortunately, coronavirus infection cannot be detected immediately as soon as you are tested. At this stage, while you are awaiting for your results, you need to understand that you have met the criteria of a suspected person. Therefore, you need to take precautions and ensure that you do not infect others as you may very likely have the virus.
You are HIGHLY advised to isolate yourself while waiting for a result.
How long before I get my results?
When your results return to you will depend on where the specimen is collected, and turnaround times varied between jurisdictions.
Again, you are advised to isolate yourself while waiting for a result.
Note that these recommendations are updated daily.