DRIVE-THROUGH COVID-19 TESTING RETURNING TO ARMIDALE

Friday, 24 July 2020

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshal has today announced the drive-through COVID-19 testing clinic at Armidale Hospital will reopen on Monday (27 July) in response to a spike in COVID-19 cases in NSW.

Mr Marshall said while the region remained free of any active coronavirus cases, new cases in the Hunter had put health authorities on high alert.

“Our State is now facing the most critical stage of the COVID-19 pandemic since the initial late-March lockdown,” Mr Marshall said.

“We all have to vigilant and cannot afford any complacency – we have all given up too much to go backwards, like Victoria has.

“Anyone with a cough, a sore or scratchy throat, shortness of breath, loss of taste, loss of smell or a fever (37.5° or higher) should be tested.

“Even those with mild symptoms such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose are encouraged to arrange screening.

“The Armidale clinic will operate 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday, however hours may be extended to meet demand. People should call 0427 923 080 during operating hours to book an appointment before attending the clinic.

“If we have learnt anything from the outbreak in Victoria, it is the need for people to STAY AT HOME AND ISOLATE until their test results come back negative.

“Our businesses and communities cannot afford the economic cost of restrictions being brought back in because of another severe outbreak.

“It falls on all of us to the right thing and adhere to the health advice of washing and sanitising your hands regularly, sneezing and coughing into your elbow and keeping at least 1.5 metres from others.”

More information on the response to COVID-19 can be found at https://www.nsw.gov.au/

COVID-19 testing clinics are also available across the Northern Tablelands at the below locations:

Glen Innes Hospital drive-through
94 Taylor Street, Glen Innes, NSW 2370
Open: 1pm to 2pm, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Access from Gwydir Highway back of hospital entrance. Signs on campus will direct you to the clinic. Booking required. Call 0438 925 949 (from 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday). Children under the age of 12 years will not be tested at this clinic and should attend their nearest emergency department or local GP so a full medical assessment can be undertaken.

Inverell Hospital drive-through
41 Swanbrook Road, Inverell, NSW 2360
Open: 2pm to 3pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Booking required. Call (02) 6721 9520 (from 8.30am to 4pm, Monday to Friday).
Access from Swanbrook Road Main Entrance. Signs on campus will direct people to the clinic.

Moree Hospital
35 Alice Street, Moree, NSW 2400
Open: 10am to 12pm, 1pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday
Screening required via (02) 6757 0000. Children under the age of 6 years will not be tested at this clinic and should attend their nearest emergency department or local GP so a full medical assessment can be undertaken.

Moree Respiratory Clinic
140 Anne Street, Moree NSW 2400
Open: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

You can be tested at any hospital or GP clinic, but you must contact them first or ring HealthDirect on 1800 022 222.

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