As of 31 August, the turnaround time for test results from pathology, for our clinic at Lucas is 1-3 days.

If you are newly experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to be tested for COVID-19 without delay:

– Fever
– Chills
– Dry cough
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Shortness of breath
– Loss of sense of smell

A referral is not required. As this is not a walk-up facility, appointments must be made by calling 03 43 11 1571 or by booking an appointment online here

The COVID-19 testing clinic in Ballarat is operated by UFS Medical at the Lucas Community Hub and is open seven days a week, with appointments available between 8.30am and 5pm on weekdays and from 9am – 1pm on weekends. Testing is free for patients.

Essential workers* and patients with a letter from the Department of Health advising the need to be tested, can be prioritised for testing – if you fall into these categories, please call 03 4311 1571 to book an appointment rather than book online, and advise the staff member arranging your booking that you are an essential worker or that you have received a letter from the Department of Health.

Location: Lucas Community Hub, Corners of Merz Street, Eleanor Drive and Coltman Plaza,  Lucas 3350

The purpose of the respiratory clinic is to assess, test and diagnose mild-to-moderate respiratory conditions, including COVID-19, influenza and pneumonia. Please note that saliva testing is not offered, as the accuracy of these tests is not as reliable as the swab method. As all patients being tested at this clinic are showing symptoms, it is important that tests are as accurate as possible.

*Essential workers:
Healthcare workers – includes all those working in health care settings as well as medical staff
Childcare workers
Education / schools
Aged care – includes all aged care staff as well as medical staff
Disability care services
Ambulance staff
Fire fighters

As of 18 July, 2020, a second testing clinic in Ballarat is also available, which is operated by Ballarat Community Health and located in Central Ballarat. Testing is available for people with symptoms of respiratory illness. Phone bookings are necessary – please call 1800 054 172 to book.