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COVID-19: Testing, results and what you should do

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At M3 Health your wellbeing and welfare is our number one priority. The COVID outbreak is a confusing time and to make things easier we have created a list of commonly asked COVID questions around testing, results and what to do if you are concerned that you have symptoms. If you would like to book an appointment for a free, bulk billed telehealth consult with a GP from M3 Health please click here

Can I see a doctor if I feel unwell?

For the safety of our community and team, all of our consultations are firstly telehealth consultations. A face to face consultation will be offered to you if deemed safe and appropriate by you and your doctor.

If you have a cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, fever, muscles aches and pains, chills and sweats, loss of sense of smell or taste then you should get a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. Self-isolate until you receive the test results and your symptoms resolve. If you require medical assistance while unwell, you can access telehealth services here

We do not offer COVID-19 testing on site. You can find the nearest testing stations or respiratory clinics further down this page.

How can I get tested for COVID-19?

The two main services where you can get tested for COVID-19 are pop up testing stations and government respiratory clinics.

Pop up testing stations can be walk in or drive through and do not require an appointment. However, you do require a pathology referral from your doctor. You can get a referral via a telehealth consult here

Government respiratory clinics are federally funded medical centers who have been set up to assess, test and diagnose people with COVID-19 symptoms.You do not need a referral of any kind to visit one of these clinics, however you do need an appointment. These appointments are all Bulk Billed. 

The respiratory clinics are staffed with doctors who complete a consultation with you. You are only seen once and any required follow up is completed by your regular doctor. If you have visited a government respiratory clinic and you require follow up with your regular doctor, please book a telehealth consult here

Where is my nearest COVID-19 testing station?

The nearest pop up testing station’s to M3 Health Hobsons Bay (Spotswood) centre are:

1. Bunnings West Footscray

Cnr Geelong Rd &, Geelong St, West Footscray VIC 3012: 

Openin hours for testing: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm. 

Details: Enter carpark via main entrance . Drive Through testing you must attend in a car and stay in your car.

2. Melbourne Showgrounds

Testing Station Address: Epsom and Langs Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Details: Enter Gate 4 off Langs Rd – this is a left-hand turn only. You must attend in a car and stay in your car.

Open: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

3. Highpoint Shopping Centre

Testing Station Address: 120-200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong VIC 3032

Details: Turn onto Warrs Rd from Rosamond Rd and second entry on the right hand side. You must attend in a car and stay in your car.

Open: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

4. Altona North Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory Clinic Address: 257 Mason Street, Altona North, VIC, 3025

Details: Bay-Fit Leisure centre car park

Open: Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm

Phone: 9393 3900

Distance from M3 Health Hobsons Bay (Spotswood): 4.7 Kms

5. Port Melbourne Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory Clinic Address: Shop 3/405 Bay Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207

Open: Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm, Friday 9am – 6pm, Saturday – Sunday 9am – 4pm.

Phone: 8583 1150

Distance from centre: 8.3 kms

The nearest pop up testing station’s to M3 Health Bayswater centre are:

1. Knox Shopping Centre

Testing Station Address:425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South VIC 3152

Details: Enter gate 5 from Burwood Hwy, follow road to Multideck L2 carpark entrance. You must attend in a car and stay in your car. 

Open: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

Distance from centre: 5.5kms

2. Ringwood Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory Clinic Address: 46 Warrandyte Road, Ringwood, VIC, 3134

Opening hours: Not available on the site

Phone: 1300 219 449

Distance from M3 Health Bayswater: 6.3kms

The nearest pop up testing station’s to M3 Health Ascot Vale centre are:

1. Melbourne Showgrounds

Testing Station Address: Epsom and Langs Rd, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Details: Enter Gate 4 off Langs Rd – this is a left-hand turn only. You must attend in a car and stay in your car.

Open: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

2. Wingate Avenue Community Centre

Testing Station Address: 13A Wingate Ave, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Details: This is a walk in clinic.

Open: 7 days a week 9.30am – 4.30am. 

Distance from centre: 500 metres 

3. Fairburn Park Pavilion

Testing Station Address: Newsom Street &, Woods St, Ascot Vale VIC 3032

Details: This is a walk in clinic

Open: 7 days a week 9am to 5pm.

Distance from centre: 1.6 km

4. Victorian Aboriginal Health Service (VAHS) Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory Clinic Address: 186 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, VIC, 3065

Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday 10am – 4pm, Friday 10am – 3pm.

Phone: 0478 767 140

Distance from M3 Health Ascot Vale: 7.8kms 

Do I need a pathology request to visit a COVID-19 testing station?

Yes, you must have a pathology request from your doctor before you visit a COVID-19 testing station. You can get a request via a telehealth consultation here

How long does it take for COVID-19 test results to come back?

COVID results are usually back within 2-6 days but this can vary depending on testing demand

What do I do if I have a negative COVID test result?

It’s important to note that we cannot definitely rule out COVID-19 with testing – even if you receive a negative result. This means that if you have a negative result but remain symptomatic; i.e. runny nose, sore throat, fever etc you must continue to self-isolate until your symptoms resolve. If your symptoms continue, seek medical advice as you may need to get tested again. You can book a telehealth appointment here

If you have received a negative COVID-19 result and are no longer symptomatic you are considered safe to come out of isolation. 

What do I do if I have a positive COVID-19 test result?

If you test positive for COVID-19 you must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days or until your symptoms resolve. Anyone who has been in close contact with you, particularly family members should also self-isolate for the same period of time. 

It’s important to have regular contact with your doctor throughout this time so we can closely monitor your symptoms and manage your healthcare needs.

When do I need to self-isolate?

You must self-isolate yourself if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or if you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. If you are unsure about what to do, book a telehealth appointment and speak to one of our doctors here

When can I return to work to work safely?

If you are classified as an essential worker and must return to work after having COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms; you must be symptom free and have a confirmed negative COVID-19 swab. If you are unsure about returning to work or have further questions, please book a telehealth appointment here

Should I wear a mask when I go out in public?

New recommendations by the department of health and the chief health officer are advising people to wear masks when they go out in public. Masks contain our own respiratory droplets and also offer some protection against other peoples. The safest combination is to wear a mask in combination with social distancing and practising hand hygiene.