Latrobe Community Health Service has increased the number of sessions at its drive-through testing clinic at the Kmart Moe car park. Tests are being offered on 8-11 September from 9am-12pm. No appointment is needed.
The Latrobe Valley Respiratory Clinic in Morwell has also extended its service to meet demand and is open weekdays from 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-2pm. An appointment is required. Phone 5191 9321.
People presenting for a test must have coronavirus symptoms such as fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss or change in sense of smell or taste or a runny nose.
Once a person has been tested, they must stay at home until they receive their results.
Statement from Prof Euan Wallace AM, CEO of Safer Care Victoria: "The revised restrictions on hospital maternity visitors are based on the advice from Safer Care Victoria and our state's leading maternity experts - our most senior obstetricians and midwives. Partners can remain with the woman throughout her labour and birth and for as long as desired afterwards. Subsequent visits are allowed for up to two hours a day. This has not changed. These restrictions provide clear guidance for women and their care providers allowing them to prepare for the birth of their baby. Only the partner (or support person) of the woman may visit her during her hospital stay. Other visitors are not allowed. This is new and will keep new mothers, their babies and hospital staff safer. We know that this will be challenging for patients including new parents, but the restrictions balance the needs and preferences of women with the need to care for them and their babies in an environment free from COVID-19."
You must not visit if you are unwell. Physical distancing rules apply.
Please ensure your hands are clean and you have visited one of our hand hygiene stations before you enter the patient's room and after you have left. We advise you call ahead to our inpatient units to discuss your intended visit or develop a visiting schedule with other family members and friends.
People seeking a test must make an appointment by calling 5191 9321 or online at www.hotdoc.com.au
If you become very unwell with COVID-19 symptoms outside of clinic hours, please contact the LRH Emergency Department for initial screening and advice. You may be required to attend the ED for testing and should take the necessary precautions such as wearing a mask.
The same testing criteria applies to children as it does to adults - fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose and loss of sense of smell or taste.
Where possible family members (parents/carers and children) who meet the testing criteria, should be tested at the one location.
Your child can get tested locally at the Latrobe Respiratory Assessment Clinic in Morwell or your GP. Please advise you require an appointment for COVID testing.
Please note: If parents or carers do not have symptoms, they are not required to self-isolate while their child is waiting for their test results, unless they are a close contact of a confirmed coronavirus case.
After the test: Take your child home immediately and keep them isolated until you receive the test result.
Most local clinics are open Monday to Friday only. More information can be found on the DHHS website by clicking on this link.