Clinics opened

ROYAL Perth Hospital opened one of three Covid-19 testing clinics on March 10, and lines soon formed as people arrived for testing.

Anyone with fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat) and who’s returned from overseas travel in the last 14 days, or has had contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case ought attend the clinic for screening.

On Tuesday the first patients were being met outside and asked a few questions to determine if they needed screening.

After the test, people who are well enough are being asked to isolate at home until the results come back. Confirmed cases of Covid-19 will be asked to stay at home if they don’t require hospitalisation.

• No time for fancy font selection, this is fresh from the signmakers: The Covid-19 clinic at RPH in Ainsley House.

Australian Medical Association WA president Andrew Miller described the clinics as having come four weeks too late and decried the lack of resources given to smaller GP practices who’d been left handling cases. 

The RPH clinic is in Ainsley House, 48 Murray Street (please do not wander into the emergency room or the rest of the hospital), and the other clinics are at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital’s C Block, and Fiona Stanley’s Bedbrook Row (north-east end of the hospital). They’re open 8am to 8pm daily.

By Wednesday noon the queues were much smaller with only a couple of people lining up. The arrivals on day two also benefited from privacy screens that’d been erected, after the first day arrivals sat in full view while awaiting their interview. 

The criteria for testing may be further updated, details at healthywa.wa.gov.au, or on the coronavirus hotline 1800 020 080.

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