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Barwon Health / Barwon South West Public Health Unit

(03) 4215 4000

Where to get tested

General Practitioners (GPs) are usually the first contact point if you are concerned about COVID-19. You may also call the Department of Health and Human Services hotline available 24/7 on 1800 675 398.

In a medical emergency, go to the Emergency Department or call 000. Please let the emergency services know in advance that you are concerned about COVID-19.

For testing in regional areas, find local testing information on your local health service website here.

A number of screening services are available in the Geelong region for people with symptoms of COVID-19:

Barwon Health operated sites:
  • Call-to-test service: Please call the Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398 or click here to find out if the Call-To-Test service is applicable to you
Independently operated sites:
  • Belmont: Kardinia Health
  • Newcomb: 4Cyte Pathology
  • Newtown: Australian Clinical Labs
  • Ocean Grove: Bellarine Respiratory Clinic (at Epichealth)
  • Lorne: Great Ocean Road Health
  • Apollo Bay: Great Ocean Road Health
  • Aireys Inlet: Aireys Inlet Medical Centre 

If you are tested at a Barwon Health clinic, you will receive a call or text message in the next 24 to 48 hours to let you know the result. During times of peak demand, results may take a little longer.

Register ahead of time

You can now use the Testing Registration Form to pre-register your details before your COVID-19 test to speed up information collection at many testing sites.

Screening Services 


The most common coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills or sweats
  • Runny nose or loss or change of smell

In certain circumstances, headache, muscle soreness, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea may also be considered. Many people who contract coronavirus (COVID–19) will suffer only mild symptoms. Elderly people and those with pre-existing medical conditions may experience more severe symptoms

I am feeling unwell, what should I do?

If you have serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, call 000 and ask for an ambulance and tell them if you also have a fever or a cough, sore throat or respiratory illness. 

If you begin to feel unwell and have a fever or a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath or respiratory illness, you should get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19). Contact the 24-hour hotline 1800 675 398 or call your doctor and mention your symptoms and risk factors. They will determine if you need to be tested for coronavirus (COVID-19).

I have been tested for COVID-19, what happens next?

It is important that you remain at home in isolation until we notify you of your test result. You will receive a call or text message to let you know your result. 

Where can I find out more information?

Call the coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline on 1800 675 398 to discuss any questions you have. If you need a translator first call 131 450, then request the hotline on 1800 675 398 OR go to 

Last Modified: Thursday, 06 October 2022