Central Coast Local Health District (CCLHD) has opened two Coronavirus COVID-19 testing clinics.
In a statement on March 13, a spokesperson for the CCLHD confirmed that clinics would open at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals on March 16 and 17 respectively, as part of the District’s ongoing response to diagnose and slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
The Gosford clinic, located at 75 Holden St, is adjacent to the P2 car park.
The Wyong clinic is located at Building C, opposite the Health Services Building.
Both clinics will operate seven days a week, 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 10am to 4pm on weekends.
People who have developed cold and/or flu-like symptoms who have returned from overseas in the last 14 days or who have been in contact of a confirmed case, should be tested for COVID-19 and should contact their GP or call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for advice in the first instance.
People who have returned from China, Iran, Italy or South Korea, or who have had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 but are well, should self-isolate at home for 14 days and seek treatment only if they develop symptoms.
People advised by their GP or Healthdirect to undergo COVID-19 testing have an option to attend a number of testing centres on the Central Coast.
Should people wish to attend the District’s Gosford or Wyong clinics, they need to call ahead to book an appointment.
Anyone who attends the clinic without a booking may be asked to wait or may be instructed to go home and return for an appointment.
This is to minimise waiting times and the risk of infection to others.
People who present with no symptoms or risk factors may be reassured that testing is not required and advised that they can return home.
In line with this, people are urged to exercise good prevention practices including: staying home and away from other people if you are unwell with respiratory symptoms; following sneezing and coughing etiquette by covering coughs and sneezes with your elbow or coughing into a tissue and disposing of it; and, cleaning your hands regularly throughout the day with soap and water for 20 seconds or using an alcohol based hand rub.
Press release, Mar 13
Central Coast Health