New testing facilities open to meet increased demand

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THREE more COVID-19 testing clinics will open over the next week to meet a recent increase in demand for coronavirus testing. 

The additional Canberra Health Services-led testing centres will be at the COVID-19 Surge Centre, the West Belconnen Child and Family Centre and an additional drive-through facility in south Canberra will be revealed next week.

From Saturday (July 11) the COVID-19 Surge Centre located on Garran Oval will operate as a walk-in COVID-19 testing clinic, with a drive through option available from Monday. This service will operate from 9.30am to 5pm seven days a week. No appointment is required.

From Monday, the West Belconnen Child and Family centre will operate as a walk-in testing clinic. Testing will be available Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm. No appointment is required.

“With the events occurring in Victoria and the onset of the influenza season, we will continue to see an upward trend in demand for community testing of COVID-19,” says ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith.

Yesterday, she says more than 1200 tests were conducted across EPIC Drive-through and Weston Creek.

“We know this increase in testing has led to lengthy wait times and we thank everyone for their patience. These additional clinics will help to meet the increase in demand and give Canberrans more options for testing, closer to their homes,” said Minister Stephen-Smith.

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