Western Sydney Local Health District has boosted its COVID-19 testing capacity, opening a new drive-through testing clinic at Stocklands Merrylands today to help the local community stay well throughout the pandemic.
The clinic will provide a faster COVID-19 swab test for people with symptoms, with most tests done in 10 minutes. A doctor’s referral will be required to attend this clinic.
WSLHD chief executive Graeme Loy encouraged everyone in the community with symptoms to get tested, even if symptoms are mild.
“Getting tested is quick, free and safe. Clinics use strict measures to prevent the risk of transmission,” Graeme said.
“This new clinic in Merrylands will also have interpreter resources to assist the culturally and linguistically diverse community. Western Sydney’s state-leading Interpreter Services team is only a phone call away, providing immediate and accurate interpreting into more than 120 languages.”
WSLHD thanks WentWest Primary Health Network, Stocklands and NSW Police for their partnership to establish the clinic in Merrylands.
Anyone with any symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested and self-isolate until you receive your results. Symptoms include cough, scratchy/sore throat, fever and fatigue.
For health and testing advice, call your GP or the National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080.
To protect yourself against COVID-19, exercise the following precautions:
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water
- Maintain 1.5 metres physical distance from others
- Download the COVIDSafe app.
The new clinic, which will be open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm, is part of a concerted effort across Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) to boost testing, with more drive-through testing clinics planned for the near future.
WSLHD also operates a drive-through clinic at Auburn Hospital. This drive-through clinic provides swab testing only and also requires a doctor’s referral.
NSW Health COVID-19 clinics are also available without a referral at Westmead, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals. These are among many sites across the state – find your nearest clinic here.
WentWest Primary Health Network also operates GP-led respiratory clinics in Castle Hill, Riverstone, Bella Vista – find their locations here.