Clinic name out to ease the COVID-19 take a look at queues

Kambah drive-through website earlier this yr.

RESPIRATORY clinics may reduce the wait instances of queues for Canberrans lining as much as take an pressing COVID-19 take a look at.

Numbers have reached their pandemic peak over current days after Sydney holidaymakers had been discovered to be visiting Canberra following the information that viral clusters had been rising and extra publicity websites had been present in Australia’s largest metropolis.

Experiences are that persons are ready as much as 4 hours to get examined, compelling authorities to have a look at negotiating with the federal authorities to utilise respiratory clinics in Canberra to ease congestion and frustration.

However the ACT authorities has dominated out opening the Kambah COVID-19 testing website once more.

The drive-through non permanent website, close to Tuggeranong, was shut down after being discovered to be the least visited of the six clinics all through the Canberra area.

A authorities spokesperson mentioned Kambah was simply an outdoor clinic that may have confirmed to be unsuitable within the winter interval.

The location was operational from the tip of July final yr – amid the territory’s coldest level of the yr – earlier than being shut down in the midst of Could this yr.

“Transferring into this time of yr, we might have been closing it typically in response to climate. That is among the key causes we gained’t reopen the location,” the spokesperson mentioned.

The employees, who labored on the Kambah testing clinic, had been redeployed to different ACT testing websites or to different authorities mass vaccination clinics.

However the identical website employees numbers which might be feeling the pinch wouldn’t be affected ought to the Commonwealth intervene to facilitate its respiratory clinics.

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ACT Well being, within the meantime, will roll out its contingency plan to ease a part of the burden.

“To handle a rise in demand over the previous few days, Canberra Well being Providers has added further employees to the Weston Creek Stroll-in Centre testing clinic and prolonged its hours,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“There aren’t any instant plans to open an ACT authorities testing clinic in Tuggeranong right now.

“We’re involved with the Commonwealth authorities to debate the capability of their Commonwealth-led respiratory clinics within the ACT, together with one in Greenway.”

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Ian Meikle, editor