COVID clinic operations – Updates

If you have symptoms, please make an appointment for our afternoon COVID-19 testing clinic.  Click here for our online booking system.  You can also access the online booking system by going to www.health.gov.au then type ‘respiratory clinics’ in the search field.
As always, for advice regarding current COVID restrictions, other testing sites and isolation requirements please refer to www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus 

Make an appointment for your COVID-19 test

Book your appointment online.

*People who are unable to access the internet and/or do not have someone to assist them, can phone us Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.00pm on 03) 5022 5444.

Who is eligible?

Patients who have any of the following symptoms (even mild) should make an appointment to attend the clinic:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell

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

COVID-19 infections present very much like a flu infection but is much more serious. People at higher risk of COVID-19 include older people, those in aged care facilities, travelers, reduced immune systems, and those with heart or lung disease.

*Returned travelers with NO symptoms who are directed to have a COVID test should contact their GP or Barratt and Smith Pathology on 5055 0400 – see DHHS criteria and directions

What to do on arrival at the Clinic

  • On arrival, please park in the designated car parking area of the SCHS car park.
  • When patient enters the clinic, they will be instructed to apply a face mask and sanitise hands (using provided hand alcohol rub).
  • Patient will then be assessed by our COVID-19 clinical team.
  • This may result in having a nasal-pharyngeal swab or you will be redirected to your local GP for further management.
  • All symptomatic patients being tested for COVID-19 are required to home isolate until test results are given by medical staff. All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.​

How the Clinic is managed

The Mildura Respiratory Clinic is an Australian Government initiative to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis.

The Mildura Respiratory Clinic is one of the Australian Government respiratory clinics established around the country to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

This is a free service to all Australians who meet the Commonwealth eligibility criteria.

The purpose of the clinic is to provide testing for people who meet the current criteria in their state. Current testing criteria for Victoria can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au or www.health.gov.au

The Mildura Respiratory Clinic is located at Sunraysia Community Health Services – 137 Thirteenth Street, Mildura VIC

Media Releases – Mildura Respiratory Clinic (SCHS)

The clinic is staffed by COVID-19 trained Doctors, Nurses and health staff. All staff will wear correct PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to protect patients and staff.

All staff have also completed courses provided by the Department of Health:

  • Infection control training COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic Training
  • Outbreak Management Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment.

COVID vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out to people in phases, with those most at risk receiving their vaccinations first.  To find out if you are eligible to receive the vaccine now, click here and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Checker. This will tell you which phase of the rollout you are in.

Frequently asked questions about the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

  • side effects
  • is it safe?
  • I’ve had one dose, what next?
  • I’m worried about side effects
  • I’m booked in for my vaccine – what do I do?.

Booking your COVID-19 vaccination

25.03.21  COVID-19 vaccinations are voluntary and free. When it is your turn to get vaccinated you can book your appointments online – www.hotdoc.com.au (and search for Mildura Respiratory Clinic) or click here.

You can also contact the other local vaccination providers for an appointment – listed on the Australian Department of Health website (www.health.gov.au).

Please make sure you book an appointment for your first and second doses. Please give us a call if you need to confirm what the timing should be between the appointments.

*People who are unable to access the internet and/or do not have someone to assist them, can phone us Monday to Friday from 8.30am – 5.00pm on 03) 5022 5444.

Getting ready for your vaccination appointment

Please do not come to your vaccination appointment:

  • if you are feeling unwell with fever, cough, runny nose or other symptoms that could be from COVID-19
  • if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or have tested positive for COVID-19
  • if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19, or
  • if you are in quarantine.

If you have had another vaccine in the 14 days before your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, please let us know as we may need to reschedule your appointment.  If you cannot make it to your vaccination appointment, please contact us to arrange a new appointment.  You can also read this patient factsheet developed by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Resources

The Facts about COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is part of a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

For the latest official COVID-19 medical advice and case numbers:

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus (Victoria)
www.health.gov.au (National)
1800 020 080