Medical Clinical Action Group
About Our COVID Clinic:
A collaborative effort by the private medical and health practitioners across the Bellingen Shire has resulted in the establishment of a dedicated COVID-19 testing clinic.
The COVID Clinic has been established by local doctors and nurses to provide a single point for the assessment and testing of anyone in Bellingen Shire (including Dorrigo, Thora, Urunga, Kalang, Raleigh etc) who thinks they may have a Coronavirus (COVID) infection.
No other medical problems will be dealt with at the COVID Clinic – you should see your usual GP for those.
15-23 Watson St, Bellingen (the old Watson Street Hostel).
The Clinic is open 6 days a week (Mon-Sat) from midday to 2:00pm. No appointments are necessary.
Who Can Attend The Clinic:
Any Shire resident or visitor
What Will Happen At The Clinic:
You should drive to the Clinic and enter the driveway as signposted.
Please stay in your car (including children). Keep the air conditioner running if the weather is warm.
You will be met by a staff member who will record your details (please have your Medicare card with you).
You will then proceed along the driveway to be seen by a nurse and doctor.
You will be tested for Coronavirus ONLY if you meet the current NSW Health testing criteria:
- overseas travel or a cruise in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms
- close contact with someone with COVID in the last 2 weeks, AND a fever or flu-like symptoms
- healthcare or aged care workers WITH a fever or flu-like illness
Testing involves taking a swab from the back of your throat, and from the back of your nose. Some people may find this uncomfortable.
If you are tested, it is important that you then remain in home isolation until the result is back.
The results of your swab will be sent to your usual GP. Please phone your GP in three days for the results. Some results have taken up to 6 days to return.
Your visit will take about 10 minutes, longer if there are a lot of attendees.
It’s vital that respiratory clinics are not overwhelmed with people who are not in the high risk groups, which could result in delays identifying those most vulnerable.
If You Don’t Have a Car:
You should still enter via the driveway on foot. You will be shown to a separate seating area.
Your visit to the Clinic is bulk-billed to Medicare. There are no out of pocket expenses, as long as you have a Medicare card.
There is a Fever Clinic at Coffs Harbour Hospital, currently open Mon-Fri from 10am to 2pm. Phone 1300 001 956 for more details.
There are also clinics at Kempsey and Port Macquarie.
There are no public toilets at the Clinic.
The Clinic does not give out masks or other protective equipment for home use.