Crookwell drive-thru coronavirus testing starts on Tuesday

COVID-19 testing steps up a notch with drive-thru clinic

Crookwell Hospital will be operating a free drive-thru COVID 19 testing clinic every Tuesday.

The clinic starts this week, August 4 and runs from 8am - 4.30pm.

The drive-thru clinic will be located at the front of the hospital. Enter via the driveway off Kialla Road and follow the signs. The Southern NSW Local Health District says people must remain in their car. If walking to the clinic, call Crookwell Hospital first on 4837 5000.

There is no longer a requirement to schedule appointments at most of the District's COVID19 testing sites. Callers to the SNSWLHD 1800 999 880 COVID line will be provided with information on testing eligibility or people can enquire via the web at www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au.

"It is important that we all do our part to stop the spread," senior nurse manager Debbie Hay said.

"By having a clinic regularly, we hope to encourage more people with even the mildest symptoms to get tested."

Southern NSW Local Health District is urging anyone feeling unwell, even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose, scratchy or sore throat, cough, fever, shortness of breath, headache, tiredness, loss of taste or smell, nausea, diarrhoea or muscle aches - to self-isolate and seek COVID-19 testing, so cases in the community are identified as quickly as possible.

These testing sites include Goulburn Base Hospital, Queanbeyan District Hospital, Eurobodalla Health Service (Moruya), South East Regional Hospital (SERH), Cooma District Hospital, Jindabyne Clinic and Yass District Hospital.

For more information, visit www.snswlhd.health.nsw.gov.au.

The Health District says it is essential that everyone maintains social distancing and good hygiene to minimise the risk of spread between people. People can unwittingly pass COVID-19 to others if they are incubating the virus or have very mild symptoms.

There are steps we can take to protect ourselves and loved ones:

  • If you have even mild symptoms, a cold or cough, get tested and stay home until you're cleared;
  • Keep your 1.5m distance from others at all times even if you are well;
  • If you have been in Victoria, don't mix with other people until two weeks has passed;
  • Practise good hand hygiene at all times;
  • Consider wearing a mask if you are in a situation where you cannot socially distance.

For the latest, up to date information head to: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

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