This week the Victorian Government announced a COVID-19 testing blitz to build an accurate picture of how and where the infection has spread in the community.
As the Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews explained, “We know that physical distancing has slowed the spread – so instead of someone with coronavirus having close contact with 20 or 30 people, it might only be one or two. That matters a great deal – and it’s why we’ve seen a big drop in new cases. But we still don’t know what we don’t know – including how many people with very mild symptoms have brushed this off as a cold.”
At Monash Health, we have an important role to play. To support reaching the target of testing 100,000 people, we have opened voluntary employee screening clinics at Monash Medical Centre Clayton, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre. Additional clinics will open shortly at Springvale, Pakenham and 122 Thomas Street, Dandenong as well as Kingston and Moorabbin Hospital.
Monash Health is pleased to be able to provide screening for Ambulance Victoria and National Patient Transport employees also.
The clinics will open from 8am to 4.30pm, seven days a week at MMC Clayton, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital and Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre and five days a week at community sites. Times at Kingston and Moorabbin are to be determined. No appointment is required.
As this is a surveillance program, your participation with no symptoms does not require you to self-isolate while waiting for results.
Of course, if you have respiratory symptoms normal processes will be followed including requiring you to self-isolate until the results are back.
To help our screening teams test you quickly make sure you have your Medicare Card, download the Screening Clinic form, and attend the clinic.
Current Clinic locations
- Monash Medical Centre – Physiotherapy (near the North Entrance thermal scanning area)
- Dandenong Hospital – Pathology
- Casey Hospital – Pathology
- Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre – Audiology Clinic
How long do results take?
Your results will take up to five days, unless you have symptoms and your results will be prioritised.
What happens if my test is negative?
We expect the majority if not all the tests to be negative and you can continue to work and go about your usual activities. However, if you develop respiratory symptoms in the future, you must isolate and not go to work and be tested again.
What happens if my test is positive?
A Public Health Officer will contact you to find out more information from you and provide you with further information. The Monash Health Infection Prevention team will also support you and discuss the next steps.
For more information and employee noticeboard posters please visit the Employee testing page.