COVID-19 testing moves back to Community Health Centre Drive Thru
The Far West LHD COVID-19 Drive Thru clinic in Broken Hill will relocate from Memorial Oval back to the Community Health Centre (2-4 Sulphide Street) on Thursday, 11 November 2021.
The move is to consolidate testing at the Community Health Centre (CHC) and to allow the return of various community activities at the Memorial Oval.
The clinic will be located in the car park of the CHC with drive through entry via Crystal Lane. There will be a process and identified area in the Drive Thru to assess and swab clients if they walk in.
The hours of operation will remain the same from 8am to 5pm, seven days a week. The CHC Drive Thru COVID testing clinic is the primary site for all testing and screening in Broken Hill. There are plans in place to expand testing facilities if demand increases, including the option of using the Alma oval if necessary.
The public are advised that testing will cease at the Memorial Oval on Wednesday afternoon at 4pm to allow the relocation of the testing infrastructure to the CHC to be ready and open for operation Thursday morning at 8am.
The LHD wishes to thank the Broken Hill City Council for the use of the Memorial Oval for its testing clinic and the assistance in setting up and operating the clinic whilst there.
Testing remains a key weapon to contain the COVID-19 virus. Anyone currently experiencing or who has recently experienced even mild cold-like symptoms is asked to come forward immediately for testing. It's important that you isolate after your test until you get a result if you have symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, sore throat, cough, headache, runny nose, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle aches or pains, and a change in taste or smell.
Surveillance testing has been implemented across the Far West LHD to encourage more people to get tested. Surveillance testing is the same as normal COVID-19 testing but allows the person to not have to self-isolate while they wait for their test results, provided they have no symptoms, and they are not a close or casual contact of a confirmed case and everyone at home is well. Anyone with symptoms must still isolate until they receive a negative result.
The public are reminded that testing and screening is also available at the Royal Flying Doctor Base and Maari Ma. For information about test sites go to the NSW Government COVID-19 testing clinics page at https://www.nsw.gov.au/COVID-19/how-to-protect-yourself-and-others/clinics