We are not out of the woods just yet when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic.
A new overseas strain, plus the emergence of several clusters throughout the state in recent times, means everyone needs to stay on their toes.
With all that in mind, 4Cyte Pathology opened another COVID-19 testing drive-thru service in the Hunter today (Thursday 14 January) – this time at East Maitland.
Since the coronavirus crisis initially took hold, Newcastle family-owned business Medtech Services, who is partnered with 4Cyte, was the first to respond to the needs of patients and doctors.
They provided home visits on that occasion, as well as a drive-thru service at Wallsend for COVID-19 testing.
A similar high-volume facility was then established at Warners Bay in July.
“Given the activity in Sydney and Brisbane recently, together with renewed calls from NSW Health for the public to maintain high levels of testing, we’re enabling convenient community testing in the area,” Medtech Services’ Nick Burns said.
“That will help relieve pressure on surrounding hospitals, too.
“And, with school recommencing soon, providing testing convenience is an important part of the defence in assisting to quell the pandemic.
“So, we’re pleased to open a new pop-up drive-thru centre at East Maitland [today].
“It’s also conveniently located at the Stockade Hill car park (opposite the soccer grounds) in Brisbane Street.
“Testing will be available for all ages, including infants, from 7.30am until 3.45pm, Monday to Friday.
“No appointment or doctor’s referrals are required; and there’s no cost to the patient as it’s bulk-billed.
“However, the service is closed on weekends.”
Mr Burns encouraged residents and doctors, who would like more information, to visit Medtech Services’ website at www.medtechservices.net.au
Results will be sent via direct-to-patient SMS.
For further details, go to www.medtechservices.net.au/covid-19