Drive-through testing centre established

A drive-through testing facility was established by WellSouth in Dunedin yesterday to meet demand for Covid-19 testing.

Yesterday about 100 people were tested in the several hours the facility was open at a warehouse in Parry St West.

WellSouth chief executive Andrew Swanson-Dobbs said the additional capacity would improve access for people in Dunedin to get testing done quickly, and supported general practice teams in caring for their patients.

WellSouth clinical services manager Sharron Feist did not know what the future demand might be, but hoped having a drive-through clinic would aid with demand in the Southern region.

WellSouth staff test Dunedin residents for Covid-19 yesterday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
WellSouth staff test Dunedin residents for Covid-19 yesterday. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY

"We hoped we wouldn’t be here again, but this is what is needed right now."

The facility would remain today and tomorrow, subject to demand.

A community-based testing centre in Invercargill carried out 45 tests yesterday.Swabbing in Queenstown was available today and tomorrow by appointment.

People with symptoms seeking Covid-19 testing should call their GP in the first instance, then the 0800 VIRUS19 number, Mrs Feist said.

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