Central Highlands Rural Health’s COVID-19 testing clinics at Daylesford and Kyneton will close on 31 December.
From 1 January, members of the public who require a Medicare-funded PCR test will need to visit a GP respiratory clinic or get a GP referral to a private pathology provider. There are about 50 GP Respiratory Clinics across Victoria to help Victorians with respiratory illnesses. They are free to use and designed to help ease the pressure on the state’s hospital system.
The closures are in line with changes to the National COVID-19 Health Management Plan.
Hepburn and Macedon Ranges Shire residents are reminded that Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are still the easiest way to test for COVID-19.
You should take a RAT:
- if you have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they’re very mild
- if you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 before visiting a hospital, aged care facility, or disability care facility
- before visiting older people, people with disability or people at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness
Free RATs are available if you are 70 years or older, a concession/seniors/disability card holder, living with disability, immunocompromised or a carer as part of the Department of Health’s Community COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test Program.
You can collect free RATs from the following locations:
Daylesford Shire Council office
The Warehouse Clunes
You should check the opening times online at www.hepburn.vic.gov.au or call the shire on
Macedon Ranges Shire
Gisborne Administration Centre
Kyneton Administration Centre
Woodend Community Centre and Library
You should check the opening times online at www.mrsc.vic.gov.au or call the shire on 5422 0333.