Please note: As of 23 February, 2021, opening hours for the COVID-19 Testing Clinic are back to 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays.
Testing is available for anyone with respiratory symptoms, as well as those meeting the criteria as a close contact of a COVID-19 case (i.e. attended declared exposure sites at the relevant time, or have been contacted by the State Government or the Public Health Unit and advised to get tested and isolate).
If you are newly experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is important to be tested for COVID-19 without delay:
– Dry cough
– Sore throat
– Runny or stuffy nose
– Shortness of breath
– Loss of sense of smell
The COVID-19 testing clinic in Ballarat is operated by UFS Medical and is open seven days a week, with appointments available between 8.30am to 5pm on weekdays and from 9am – 1pm on weekends. Testing is free for patients.
This clinic is now located at 15 Errard Street North in central Ballarat (between Sturt and Mair Streets).
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.
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.
Healthcare workers – includes all those working in health care settings as well as medical staff
Education / schools
Aged care – includes all aged care staff as well as medical staff
Disability care services