SA Health & COVID-19. Get the facts and find out where to go to get tested.
SA Health are prepared for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic spreading to South Australia.
They say people should be alert, but not alarmed.
Ongoing research and evidence suggests that COVID-19 presents as a mild illness in the majority of cases, with fever and cough being the most commonly reported symptoms.
Severe illness and fatalities occur more often in people who are older, have chronic conditions (e.g. cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension) or are immunocompromised (e.g. cancer, renal disease). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people may also be at increased risk.
Our hospitals are ready and prepared to respond. They have opened a COVID-19 clinic at the RAH and are planning more across metro SA. These clinics will test and treat patients outside of Emergency Departments.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO CONSIDER BEFORE ATTENDING A COVID-19 CLINIC
If you have travelled anywhere overseas in the past 14 days and have COVID-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough), seek testing at an official COVID-19 clinic or alternatively contact your GP (call ahead so your GP is prepared and aware of your travel history) and isolate yourself.
If you have NOT travelled overseas recently, but have symptoms or are feeling unwell, visit your usual health care provider as you normally would. Avoid contact with others if you are unwell.
If you are a health care worker/residential aged care worker you are welcome to attend for assessment and testing.
WHERE TO GET TESTED
Updated as at 17 March 2020
SA Pathology is currently the only pathology provider in the state that is testing for COVID-19.
COVID-19 Clinics and Testing Centres
Dedicated COVID-19 clinics are open across metropolitan South Australia:
- Royal Adelaide Hospital
- Flinders Medical Centre
- Lyell McEwin Hospital
- Women’s and Children’s Hospital
- Mount Barker Hospital
These clinics are for people who have COVID-19 symptoms (especially fever or cough) AND have recently returned from overseas OR have had contact with a known COVID-19 case.
Drive-through Testing at The Repat for Coronavirus Specimen Collection
A drive-through COVID-19 collection centre is located at the reactivated Repat site. Tests can be taken with the patient still in the vehicle, minimising the risk of spreading the infection.
Drive-through COVID-19 testing clinics in Whyalla and Port Augusta are expected to be operational in the coming days.
Drive-through testing will support GPs who may not be able to perform the test in their own clinic.
Patients need a referral from their GP to access this service.
Accessing the Repat Collection Centre:
- Bookings are to be made by the practice by ringing 8222 3000.
- The practice is to advise patient of date and time of booking.
- Fax the request form to SA Pathology on 7117 5085.
- The service is available between 8.00am and 4.30pm.
- Access is via Gate 4, 216 Daws Road, then follow the signs.
- Patients to remain in their car and the SA Pathology staff will come to them.
- The patient to remain in isolation until the results have been communicated to them.
SA Pathology offers a dedicated metropolitan Adelaide Domiciliary Service staffed by nurses for the collection of potential COVID-19 specimens within a persons’ home. Patients need a referral from their GP to access this service.
Patients must be booked into this service to ensure a controlled flow.a
Advice from SA Health
There is no need to stockpile food or toilet paper. Please be considerate of the needs of others. However, you may want to have a few weeks of essential items such as regular medications in case you become unwell and cannot leave your home except to seek medical treatment.
If you are well, you do not need to wear a mask unless you have been advised to do so by a medical provider. Surgical masks in the community are only helpful in preventing people who are suspected or have COVID-19 from spreading it to others.
We all have a part to play in reducing the risk of getting sick and stopping the spread of infections:
🏡 Stay home from work and school if you are unwell (e.g. don’t go shopping or use public transport until you are well).
🤒 Avoid contact with others if you are sick (particularly vulnerable people such as older persons and people with chronic medical conditions).
🙅♀️ If others are sick, keep your distance from them as much as possible (at least 1.5 metres), avoid close contact such as shaking hands, hugging, kissing.
💧 Wash hands regularly, particularly after going to the toilet, blowing your nose or handling used tissues.
🤧 Cover coughs and sneezes with a clean tissue or your elbow (then dispose of in bin)
✋ Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, or handling food, until you have washed your hands.
📱 Wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
- Coronavirus Health Information Line: 1800 020 080
- Australian Government Department of Health – click here
- SA Health Website – click here
- Smart traveller website – click here
- SA Health Facebook Page – click here
- Health Direct website – click here
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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