Mildura Respiratory Clinic

This is an Australian Government initiative to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis

The Mildura Respiratory Clinic is one of the Australian Government respiratory clinics being established around the country to clinically assess people with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms.

This is a free service to all Australians who meet the Commonwealth eligibility criteria.

The purpose of the clinic is to provide testing for people who meet the current criteria in their state.
Current testing criteria for Victoria can be found at www.dhhs.vic.gov.au or www.health.gov.au

The Mildura Respiratory Clinic is located at Sunraysia Community Health Services – 137 Thirteenth Street, Mildura VIC

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Who is eligible?

Patients who have any of the following symptoms (even mild) should make an appointment to attend the clinic:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss of sense of smell

In certain circumstances headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered.

Note: Healthcare workers and emergency service workers remain a high priority for testing.

COVID-19 infections present very much like a flu infection but is much more serious. People at higher risk of COVID-19 include older people, those in aged care facilities, travelers, reduced immune systems, and those with heart or lung disease. There is no vaccination or specific treatment for COVID-19.

How the Clinic is managed

The clinic is staffed by COVID-19 trained Doctors, Nurses and health staff.  All staff will wear correct PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) to protect patients and staff.

All staff have also completed courses provided by the Department of Health:

  • Infection control training COVID-19
  • COVID-19 Respiratory Clinic Training
  • Outbreak Management Procedures
  • Personal Protective Equipment.

The Facts about COVID-19

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is part of a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new form of coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

​Symptoms
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
  • people with coronavirus may experience:
  • ever
  • coughing, a sore throat and fatigue
  • shortness of breath
How it spreads

The virus can spread from person to person through:

  • close contact with an infectious person (including in the 24 hours before they had symptoms)
  • contact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze
  • touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) that have droplets from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face
Who is most at risk?

In Australia, the people most at risk of getting the virus are:

  • Travelers who have recently been overseas
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • People in correctional and detention facilities
  • People in group residential settings
  • People who are, or are more likely to be, at higher risk of serious illness if they get the virus are:
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 50 years and older with one or more chronic medical conditions
  • People 65 years and older with chronic medical conditions
  • People 70 years and older
  • People with compromised immune systems.

At this stage the risk to children and babies, and the role children play in the transmission of COVID-19, is not clear. However, there has so far been a low rate of confirmed COVID-19 cases among children, relative to the broader population.

For the latest official COVID-19 medical advice and case numbers:

www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus (Victoria)
www.health.gov.au (National)
1800 020 080

School Staff testing

**TEACHERS AND SCHOOL STAFF**

Teachers and school staff can undertake voluntary COVID-19 testing at our clinic from 14th May until 26th May 2020.
[School staff includes – teachers, principals, administration and support staff of primary and secondary, public, catholic and independent schools].
 
For people without symptoms no appointment is required. Our clinic hours are 9am – 11am Monday to Friday starting from 14 May.  As a staff member of a Victorian school, you will need to bring with you the ‘Request for Test’ form and completed ‘Rapid Assessment Tool.’
Testing is at SCHS Mildura Respiratory Clinic, 137 Thirteenth Street, Mildura. Parking is signposted.
*If you DO NOT have symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait for your results and can go to work or go about your usual activities while continuing to follow the current directions that are in place.
 
☑️ If you DO have symptoms (even mild ones), please phone our clinic on 5021 7653 to make an appointment. *Mild symptoms include sore throat, cough and runny nose. As a staff member of a Victorian school, you will need to bring with you the ‘Request for Test’ form and completed ‘Rapid Assessment Tool.’
 
For more information, call the 24-hour coronavirus hotline 1800 675 398 or visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/getting-tested-coronavirus-covid-19
 
Typically, you will get your results within three days.
For further information about our clinic visit www.schs.com.au/services/mildura-respiratory-clinic

To make an appointment

To make an appointment you should phone the Mildura Respiratory Clinic on 03) 5021 7653

The Clinic line is open from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm Monday to Friday.

What to do on arrival at the Clinic

  • On arrival, please park in the designated car parking area of the SCHS car park.
  • On attending clinic at appointment time, you MUST remain in car and call the clinic to notify you have arrived.
  • When patient enters the clinic, they will be instructed to apply a face mask and sanitise hands (using provided hand alcohol rub).
  • Patient will then be assessed by our COVID-19 clinical team.
  • This may result in having a nasal-pharyngeal swab or you will be redirected to your local GP for further management.
  • All patients being tested for COVID-19 are required to home isolate until test results are given by medical staff.  All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.​

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To make an appointment

To make an appointment you should phone the Mildura Respiratory Clinic on 03) 5021 7653

The Clinic line is open from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm Monday to Friday.

What to do on arrival at the Clinic

  • On arrival, please park in the designated car parking area of the SCHS car park.
  • On attending clinic at appointment time, you MUST remain in car and call the clinic to notify you have arrived.
  • When patient enters the clinic, they will be instructed to apply a face mask and sanitise hands (using provided hand alcohol rub).
  • Patient will then be assessed by our COVID-19 clinical team.
  • This may result in having a nasal-pharyngeal swab or you will be redirected to your local GP for further management.
  • All patients being tested for COVID-19 are required to home isolate until test results are given by medical staff.  All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.​

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