CoronaVirus Testing - RINGWOOD
It is recommended that most people with respiratory infections now be tested for Covid-19. Mild cases can be tested and managed in General Practice. Severe cases require referral to an Emergency Department.
If you have a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose, change in smell, or unexplained fever; you should be tested for Coronavirus. Please book a phone consultation with Dr Dilip Hoole and your needs will be assessed. If you need testing, the options are: (a) testing only, or (b) testing in conjunction with an in-person consultation. The later is typically only required where a physical examination will be helpful. Severe cases require referral to an Emergency Department.
|Initial phone consultation||Bulk Billed (all patients)|
|Test only||Bulk Billed (all patients)|
|Test + Consultation*|| $78
(no discounts / Bulk billing)
|Test + Long Consultation*|| $135
(no discounts / Bulk billing)
|Follow up phone consultation||Bulk Billed (all patients)|
|Surgical Face mask x 1||$2|
|Surgical Face mask x 10||$20|
*Due to materials, time, and other resources; we are unable to discount consultations requiring the use of PPE and / or the isolation room. Payment by credit card is required at the time of service. Our receptionist will take your credit card details by phone.
Testing is by appointment only, so there is minimal waiting around. If only a test is needed, this is conducted while you sit in your car. If an examination is also required, you are invited into a private isolation room. In both scenarios there is no mixing with other well or sick people.
Testing is done using a nasopharyngeal viral swab. The swab (like a long cotton bud) is applied to the back of your throat and to each nostril. It is then sent to a lab for testing. Results usually take around 48hrs. You are informed of the result in a follow up phone consultation.
Once your test result is known, a medical certificate and a copy of the test result can be emailed to you.
While waiting for the test result, you will be asked to self isolate. Self isolation means:
Do not leave your home/hotel unless it is an emergency
Do not go to public places such as work or shopping centres
Do not let visitors in – only people who usually live with you should be in your home.
If you are in a hotel you must avoid contact with other guests or staff.
If you are well, there is no need to wear surgical masks inside.
If you are isolating at home, ask others who are not in isolation to get food and necessities for you.
In most cases, once you have a negative result you can go about your business as normal (end self isolation). In some clinical scenarios, you may still require a period of isolation even with a negative result (your doctor can advise you on this).
Even with a negative result, if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection, you should:
Wear a mask around others
Practice cough and hand hygiene
For convenience, and also to minimize the risks of infecting other people, the clinic can supply you with a mask (see pricing above). If you are using a mask, it is very important it is used correctly to be effective.