• JON WOLFE

Armidale and Tamworth extend Covid 19 testing

Due to high demand, the Armidale Hospital COVID-19 Clinic has been extended for an additional week, from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May. Operating hours have also been extended, with the clinic now open from 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. Those wishing to be tested must call 0427 923 080 (between 9am and 4:30pm on testing days) to register before attending the clinic. We ask that the public use the designated number only, as our switchboard staff are unable to make appointments for the clinic. The clinic is a drive-through service. This means that people will not have to leave their car and staff will swab them at the window. The clinic is located in the driveway in front of the old ED (access via O’Dell St entrance only). The Tamworth clinic has been extended to operate 9am to 4pm until Friday 8 May. Those wishing to be tested must call 1800 881 568 (during testing hours) to register before attending the clinic. The clinic is a drive through service and is set up in hospital carpark E on the corner of Johnston and Smith streets. Testing is recommended for those who have cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, or for those who have travelled internationally, or on a cruise ship, or have been in touch with a confirmed COVID-19 case. Those who don’t have symptoms or risk factors but are concerned about their health can also contact the clinic to arrange testing. This is being done as part of Hunter New England Health’s focus on identifying areas where testing is relatively low and further investigation is needed to ensure an accurate picture of COVID-19 occurrence across the District.