Located at the front of Sandringham Hospital servicing the local Bayside community with their COVID-19 testing needs.


Who can be tested at the clinic?

We are currently accepting the following people for testing: Symptomatic; displaying listed symptoms / Pre-operation testing; although we cannot provide a certificate, those being tested will only receive a text message with results. We cannot test individuals that require international pre-travel testing. You will need to speak to your GP regarding international pre-travel testing. Domestic travel testing is available.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for are the following:

  • Fever
  • Chills or sweats
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

Some people may also experience headache, muscle soreness, stuff nose, nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. If you have any of these symptoms, however mild, you should seek advice and get tested as soon as possible and isolate until your result.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

No referral is required to attend the screening clinic. However, if you are very unwell you should contact your GP or the closest emergency department.

Can children be tested at the clinic?

Yes. However, people under the age of 18 require the consent of a parent or guardian to receive a COVID-19 swab. The guardian must be present during the entire testing process.

I have been tested, what do I need to do now?

It may take a few days for you to receive your test results to be returned. Negative results will be sent via SMS and you will be called on your nominated phone if you have a positive result. While you are waiting for your results, you need to isolate yourself at home until you are advised of the results.

You should not leave your house except to seek medical attention and you should stay in a different room to other people as much as possible.

Use a separate bathroom if available Wear a surgical face mask when you are in the same room as another person and when seeking medical care.

Do not go to work, school, university, or attend public places or events. Do not use public transport or taxi services

If you have difficulties getting food or necessities, call 1800 675 398 for support.

What happens if my test is negative?

You can stop self-isolating after receiving a negative result. You should continue to monitor your health for up to 14 days after your test. Report any new or returning symptoms to your doctor during this period. You may be required to be tested again. You do not require medical clearance to return to work, university or school.

If you were in self-isolation at the time you developed symptoms, for example because you have been in contact with a confirmed case or have returned from overseas travel, you will need to continue the isolation until the 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case or your arrival in Australia.

Do my family need to isolate if I have been tested?

For more advice on isolating at home, visit the DHHS website pages below for further details.

Taking A COVID-19 Test

What To Do If You Have COVID-19 



What happens if my test is positive?

A Public Health Officer will contact you to find out more information from you and provide you with further information. You must remain at home or accommodation until further tests are completed and you have become well.

More information can be accessed on the DHHS website or you can call 1300 651 160.

How can I speak to someone about my results?

When you attend the clinic you provide a mobile phone number to receive your results. All negative test results will be sent via text once available. At the screening clinic, information will be provided to you once you are screened.

We cannot transfer you to speak with anyone in the hospital about results as this service is directly through the screening clinic. Refer to the advice you were provided after your swab.

I was seen in the COVID clinic and I haven’t got my results / need a certificate to say I am negative.

If you have not received your test results within five days you can contact DHHS COVID-19 Test Results Hotline – Telephone: 1800 573 222, 8.00am – 8.00pm Monday to Friday. You must ensure you wait at least five days before calling this number.

SACC does not have a copy of your result and cannot provide you any details about the result over the phone.

How can i provide feedback on the Screening Clinic?

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