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 is open between:
10am to 12pm Monday to Saturday
(The drive-thru clinic hours may change as the situation evolves)
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.
Currently in accordance with the Government directive we are asking people with mild COVID-19 symptoms to be tested. The state-wide asymptomatic (no symptoms) testing blitz has finished.
If you display symptoms and you are tested you MUST SELF ISOLATE before and after testing until you receive a negative result.
People without symptoms should not be tested.
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