Fever clinic opens at Benalla Health
1 April 2020: Samaria Rd clinic opens
30 March 2020:
A temporary marquee has been set up near the Urgent Care Centre and this area is currently operational. Another clinic will be set up in the Community Rehabilitation Centre with an entry via Samaria Rd when community needs increase. Benalla Health will continue to update our Facebook page so that our community is kept informed.
Chief Executive Officer Janine Holland said the UCC fever clinic is now receiving all individuals who have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms.
“We have been working closely with the general practitioners and the strategy is that the GPs will see patients who have a fever and/or flu-like symptoms in the temporary clinic, rather than in their own GP practice, thus keeping their medical rooms infection-free,” she said.
“It also means that resources such as swabbing kits and personal protective equipment are maximised.
“When the Samaria Rd clinic opens, the GPs will roster staff on-site at Benalla Health to see patients. The Samaria Rd clinic will be open Monday to Friday for six hours a day initially between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Outside these hours, people will be directed back to the UCC marquee, to enter via Coster St and follow the signs to the marquee.”
Ms Holland said the fever clinic service will be bulk-billed so there will be no out-of-pocket expenses for patients.
She said it was important to note that the fever clinic was only for those with fever and/or flu-like symptoms.
“All our other health care services remain the same and the Urgent Care Centre is open all the time for anyone with other urgent nursing or medical needs,” she said.
“Anyone presenting for anything other than fever or flu-like symptoms will be directed back to their GP or the Urgent Care Centre.”