Virus test sites on the move

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TWO COVID-19 testing sites have been closed by Peninsula Health.

The drive through testing site at FDBA Stadium in Seaford has been closed, and so has the walk-in clinic at John Madder Hall in Frankston Hospital.

To replace the two testing sites, a new clinic has been set up at the former site of the Frankston Tennis Club at Frankston Hospital. The new site will operate from 8.30am to 6pm daily, and can be accessed by car via Yuille Street.

All ages can be tested, and no booking or GP referral is required.

Peninsula Health operations director of screening clinics, Jodi Foley, says it is “quick and easy to get tested” at the new site.

“If you’re coming to the Frankston Hospital screening clinic, we encourage you to make full use of the opening hours, and come throughout the day,” she said. “Once you have been tested, it is important to return home and isolate until you receive your negative result.

“Since January, Peninsula Health has conducted more than 90,000 COVID-19 tests, including over 16,000 at the Basketball Stadium and more than 27,500 at John Madder Hall. We’d like to say thank you to the Frankston District Basketball Association for the cooperation and support to allow us to use their stadium and the surrounding car park, as a drive-through testing location over recent months. We’d also like to acknowledge the support of Frankston City Council, Mornington Peninsula Shire, and Scouts Victoria, for enabling us to use their venues as testing sites.”

Peninsula Health acting executive director of medical services, Dr Shyaman Menon, said “please come forward and get tested at the first sign of any COVID-19 symptoms, however slight they may seem.”

“As Victorians move around more and start socialising it is important that people continue to come forward to get tested, so we can identify any cases of COVID-19 in the community and stop any potential spread of the virus,’ Dr Menon said.

All Peninsula Health clinic locations at peninsulahealth.org.au/covid19screeningclinics

First published in the Frankston Times – 10 November 2020

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