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COVID testing services expanded in HNELHD


To further combat the spread of coronavirus in the Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD), and keep the community safe at the same time, another COVID-19 testing clinic will be set up at Tea Gardens this week.

Local family pathology practice of more than 40 years Medtech Services, who have partnered with 4Cyte Pathology, is gearing up to organise a centre at the town’s Country Club on Thursday 23 September between 8am and noon.

Both organisations are behind other accessible and reliable drive-through sites at Anna Bay, Belmont, Charmhaven, Dungog, East Maitland, Emergency Services Workers – Lake Macquarie, Raymond Terrace, Speers Point, Wallsend, Warners Bay and Wickham.

“As locals we’re pleased to be able to expand our services further around the HNELHD,” Medtech Services’ Nick Burns said.

“We not only established the region’s first private no-referral drive-through clinic in mid-2020.

“But, from the very start of the pandemic, and still continuing now, we’ve implemented important services such as home visit COVID-19 testing for the infirmed.

“It’s part of our long-standing family service-based ethos to provide the best care we can for patients.

“And, this, of course meant that at the very beginning of the pandemic, we had to make a way for those with serious illness or needing clearance for other medical treatments to access COVID-19 testing, too.”

Referrals – for all ages including infants – are not required on 23 September.

However, online bookings are essential and now open at

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