UFS is expanding the capacity of the COVID-19 testing clinic, with Department of Health approval for an additional consulting room to be opened up on Monday 20th July. This will result in more appointments opening up to address increased demand.

Since opening the testing clinic in Lucas in April, the capacity has already increased significantly with additional doctors, nurses and reception staff employed. Originally opening from 8.30am – 5pm weekdays, the clinic is now open from 8.30am to 8pm weekdays and from 9am – 5pm Saturdays and Sundays. The number of doctors has increased from one to five and seventeen nurses now work at the clinic, up from the original four. Additional staff are being recruited this week so that those hours can be extended even further to 8am to 10pm on weekdays.

In announcing the expansion of the clinic’s additional room, Ms McLennan congratulated the community of Ballarat for doing the right thing and being tested when showing any respiratory symptoms.

The UFS COVID-19 testing clinic is a Commonwealth funded clinic and anybody showing respiratory symptoms is eligible for testing. Patients can book online by going to: ufs.com.au/test or by calling 4311 1571. Essential workers* and patients with a letter from the Department of Health advising they need to be tested, can be given priority and are urged to call 03 4311 1571 to book an appointment rather than booking online.

The UFS COVID-19 testing clinic is located on the corner of Merz Street and Eleanor Drive, Lucas in Ballarat.

Turnaround time for test results from pathology is currently two to three days.

*Essential workers include healthcare and aged care workers (encompasses all those working in health care and aged care settings as well as medical staff), workers in childcare, education, schools, aged care, disability, police, paramedics and fire fighters.