COVID-19 Drive through testing now available in Joondalup

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The City of Joondalup has worked with Western Diagnostic Pathology (WDP) to establish a drive-through COVID-19 swab collection clinic at Neil Hawkins Park, Joondalup.

Patients displaying symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested for the virus, upon collection of a respiratory specimen, without getting out of their car.

Swab collections are taken in the northern section of the car park, 8am-12noon, Mondays to Saturdays.

No appointments are required. Patients only need to bring a referral from their GP and their Medicare card.

Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob said the drive-through clinic was a convenient way for residents to get tested for COVID-19.

“Instead of sitting in a hospital waiting room or clinic, patients drive in, get their test and are quickly on their way,” he said.

“They receive their results within 24 hours of the swab collection.”

Western Diagnostic Pathology General Manager Gerry Mabarrack said:

“We are opening these drive-through clinics in response to the Federal and State Governments’ desire for an expansion of COVID-19 testing to make it easier for more people to be tested as lockdown restrictions begin to ease and business and community activity begins to return.

“This is gold standard testing for COVID-19 and was the first COVID-19 PCR test accredited by the National Accreditation Testing Authorities.”

The drive-through clinic is expected to be in place for as long as community demand dictates.

Similar facilities have been established by WDP across Perth, including at Peel Health Campus and Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn. Future sites are planned for Myaree, Midvale and Armadale.

For further information visit www.wdp.com.au