Hamilton Base Hospital Drive-thru COVID-19 testing
The WDHS drive-thru coronavirus (COVID19) testing station has been set up to quickly, safely and conveniently test people for the virus.
The testing station’s normal operating hours are between:
8.30am to 10.30am Monday to Saturday
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
(The drive-thru clinic hours may change as the situation evolves)
Entry to the testing Clinic:
Enter from Foster Street to the right of the Emergency Department. Follow the electronic display boards. Do not get out of your vehicle.
• You can be referred by your local GP, but the drive-thru testing station also takes direct presentations. Please bring your medicare details with you.
For queries about appropriate COVID-19 infection prevention and precautions please contact the WDHS Infection Prevention and Control team on
(03) 5551 8246.
If you display symptoms and you are tested you MUST SELF ISOLATE before and after testing until you receive a negative result.
To find out if you qualify for testing please check the DHHS website HERE
What to expect:
- You must remain in your vehicle
- A clinician will assess you to see if you qualify for testing
- If you meet the testing criteria you will be swabbed by a WDHS Nurse
- The swab will then be sent to pathology for testing
- As pathology results may take between 48 and 72 hours, those who meet the testing criteria will be asked to isolate themselves at home until they receive their results
- You will be notified of your results by a staff member from the Infection Prevention and Control Department as soon as they are available
- Due to the difficulties of obtaining swabs from younger children, drive through testing will only be available for children over the age of 8 years. Parents and carers should contact their General Practice, please call your local clinic to book an appointment prior to bringing your child in for testing.
If your condition worsens, please call 000 or attend our Emergency Department. Please call 5551 8222 and ask for the Emergency Department ahead of your arrival so that our practitioners can be prepared for your arrival.
If you would like further information about your symptoms, please call the Department of Health and Human Services Community Hotline on 1800 675 398 or visit the DHHS website for further details: www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Permit system for all domestic travel into Victoria:
A permit system has been established for all domestic travel into Victoria.
From 5:59pm on 11 January 2021, you will need to apply for a permit to enter Victoria from anywhere in Australia. Apply for a permit at the Service Victoria website.
The permit system is based on a traffic light system which allows for areas across Australia to be designated as green, orange or red according to their risk. Find more information about red, orange and green permit zones.
The permit system is for both travellers to Victoria and residents of Victoria returning home from interstate travel.