UPDATE: A COVID-19 Screening Clinic is now operating in Pakenham.
The Monash Health clinic is the third coronavirus testing facility to have opened in the Casey-Cardinia region over the past week.
The Pakenham Monash COVID-19 Screening Clinic is located at the Pakenham Health Centre on Henty Way.
Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus, no matter how mild, is urged to get tested at the clinic.
Symptoms of coronavirus include fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, or a runny nose.
Appointments aren’t necessary. However children under the age of eight cannot be tested at the clinic, which is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4pm.
Last week, a drive-through testing facility began operating at Westfield Fountain Gate, near the Myer entrance, as part of a state government blitz to test up to 100,000 people.
Also last week, a Monash COVID-19 Screening Clinic opened at the Cranbourne Integrated Health Centre on Sladen Street.
Monash Health also has a screening clinic at 7 Gibb St, Berwick.
EARLIER: A mobile coronavirus testing site has opened at Westfield Fountain Gate as part of a two-week blitz to test up to 100,000 people.
The state government is urging people with even the mildest symptoms to get tested as part of efforts to reduce transmission of the virus.
The drive-through testing site at Fountain Gate opened this week and is manned by doctors, nurses and pathology staff.
It’s located in the undercover carpark near the Myer entrance, with testing available from 9am-5pm.
The facility is one of 10 mobile testing sites that have been established at shopping centres around Victoria, six of which opened this week.
“These new mobile testing sites are located at shopping centres around Melbourne to make it as easy as possible for people to get tested – and there will be more coming online across the state,” Health Minister Jenny Mikakos explained.
Those wanting to get tested are asked to bring their Medicare card.
Anyone without a Medicare card needs to bring a form of identification, such as a driver’s licence or student ID.
Meanwhile, Monash Health has set up a COVID-19 Screening Clinic at Cranbourne Integrated Care Centre.
A nurse meets patients at the main entrance. Those who can’t be seen immediately are told to wait in their car.
The Cranbourne Screening Clinic is located at 140-154 Sladen Street, Cranbourne. It’s open seven days a week from 8.30am-4pm.
Monash Health also has a screening clinic in Berwick. The clinic is located at 7 Gibb Street and is open seven days a week from 8am-4.30pm.
Results of coronavirus tests typically take 24-72 hours.
Symptoms that should prompt testing include fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell, or a runny nose.
Even the most mild of symptoms could be a sign of coronavirus.