Coronavirus testing clinic now open in Ceduna

A COVID-19 testing clinic has opened in Ceduna, one of three established across the Eyre and Far North region.

The clinic opened in the Step Down Unit at Ceduna Hospital from 9am on Monday with its own accessible entrance.

Ceduna Hospital's director of nursing Andrew Lane said people would need to get a referral from a general practitioner before attending the clinic.

"Not everybody needs testing and people will need to be referred by their doctor," he said.

"Those who meet the criteria will have their temperature, heart rate and pulse checked, they will be screened with a swab and we will give them an information pack.

"The test takes five minutes and we will have results in four to seven days, and anybody screened needs to self-isolate until the results come through."

Mr Lane said this was part of the state government's response to the pandemic.

Those arriving for a test will come through the gate, speak on the intercom and then wait in their car until they are phoned to proceed to a testing room.

The hospital has four testing rooms and each will be cleaned after a test, with a 30-minute wait until it is used again.

Mr Lane said the clinic would give hospital staff more control over the testing procedure.

He said there had been no positive cases in the region.

"We have tested people through the hospital, but the clinic diverts people from emergency and allows for a better service, with better control of the setup," he said.

"We have had no cases in Ceduna, or the West Coast, and the best source of information is the Australian Government's or SA Health's COVID-19 website."

Mr Lane said they expected people to come to the testing clinic that did not meet the criteria, in which case they would be given an information pack.

The clinic will be opened Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm.

People at risk of contracting COVID-19 are those who have recently travelled from overseas or have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed case of the virus.

Other testing clinics on Eyre Peninsula include at Port Lincoln, which also opened on Monday, and Whyalla.