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GP Led Testing Clinic

GP Led Testing Clinic

New GP-led respiratory clinic opens in Warrnambool

A new GP-led respiratory clinic in Warrnambool has launched, to test suspected COVID-19 cases in the Great South Coast region.

The new Great South Coast Respiratory Clinic has been set up in Lava Street, as part of the Australian Government’s $2.4 billion health package in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“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" said Great South Coast Respiratory Clinic Manager Delna Plathottam.

"By offering a community-based COVID-19 screening alternative, we are reducing the risk of symptomatic patients presenting at a general practice".

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The purpose of the clinic is to assess, test and diagnose mild-to-moderate respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia.

The clinic will be open from Monday to Friday 3pm to 7pm, with the potential to increase with demand, and is accessible by appointment only.

“We are very pleased that Great South Coast Respiratory Clinic in Warrnambool has been set up and commenced operations" said Western Victoria PHN CEO Rowena Clift.

"The acute hospitals have a role in managing very unwell patients, but the primary care sector can take the lead in testing and monitoring mild-to-moderate cases that do not require inpatient care.”

Patients can self-refer by contacting our designated Great South Coast Respiratory Clinic mobile contact number (0428 606 397), via the HotDoc online appointment app and GPs can also refer to the service.

This new clinic is independent of the already established South West Healthcare Respiratory Assessment Clinic which has been operational for several weeks.

Patients can phone South West Healthcare Respiratory Assessment Clinic via the hospital’s main number (03 5563 1666) and select option ‘5’ to undertake a phone screening and then be allocated an appointment if required for a COVID-19 test if displaying even the mildest cold and flu-like symptoms.

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