Media release: New COVID-19 screening clinic for Mount Alexander

Local residents now have access to a new coronavirus (COVID-19) screening clinic operating at the CHIRP Community Health site in Castlemaine.

Testing is available for community members in Mount Alexander Shire showing symptoms of COVID-19 or needing mandatory testing prior to surgery.

The drive through screening clinic is located at 13 Mostyn Street and provides testing by appointment only. Testing is available between the hours of 2.00pm and 4.30 pm on Tuesday and Friday, and between 10.00am and 12.00 noon on Sunday.

Call CHIRP Community Health on 5479 1000 between 9.00am and 5.00pm, seven days a week to make an appointment.  Those with an appointment can drive through the CHIRP Community Health carpark.

The testing clinic is supported by Castlemaine Health, CHIRP Community Health and Mount Alexander Shire Council who have worked together to set up and operate the clinic in the community.

The clinic is operated by staff from Castlemaine Health and CHIRP Community Health with logistical support from Council in response to the ongoing need for local access to screening.

“We acknowledge the great work local GPs have been doing and this will help ease the load for their ongoing COVID-19 testing. This is not a standard medical clinic,” said Di Couch, CEO, CHIRP Community Health.

“It is a service that we have set up specifically so that community members can continue to be screened for COVID-19, without needing to travel outside the shire.

“We encourage anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 to get tested, no matter how mild the symptoms are, then go straight home and stay there until you get your test results back,” she said.

“COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for are changes in sense of smell or taste, fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or a runny nose.

“In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered,” she said.

Staff at CHIRP Community Health or Council can also discuss what help is available for anyone that needs self-isolate or stay at home while waiting for results.

To access Council’s dedicated COVID-19 support service call 1800 512 446 between 8.30am and 5.00pm (Monday to Friday), email the support team on covid19@mountalexander.vic.gov.au or visit www.connectmountalexander.com.au.

For the latest state-wide information, general information on coronavirus and statistics visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus or call the coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.

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