A Warrnambool clinic dedicated to respiratory testing has opened as part of the federal government's response to the coronavirus pandemic, on Wednesday.
As part of the $2.4 billion health package, a opened GP-led clinic on Lava Street to test suspected COVID-19 cases in the region.
Manager Delna Plathottam said the purpose of the clinic is to assess, test and diagnose mild-to-moderate respiratory conditions; including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.
"We saw this as a great opportunity to play an important role to ensure the safety of our community and support our primary care colleagues," she said.
"By offering a community-based COVID-19 screening alternative, we are reducing the risk of symptomatic patients presenting at a general practice."
The clinic is no charge to potential clients but is accessible appointment-only opening Monday - Friday, 3pm - 7pm, with the potential to increase with demand.
The new clinic is independent of the South West Healthcare Respiratory Assessment Clinic and supported by Western Victoria Primary Health Network.
"Patients can self-refer by contacting our designated Great South Coast Respiratory Clinic mobile contact number (0428 606 397) or via the HotDoc online appointment app. GPs can also refer to the service," Ms Plathottam said.
"Be smart, stay safe and get tested. Even if you have the mildest symptoms, it is important to get tested for COVID-19."
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