IPC Health’s fixed testing sites officially reached the 200,000 tests milestone last week.
A huge thanks to all staff who have contributed to the effort and the community who have participated in coming forward for testing.
We test at the following sites:
– Deer Park: IPC Health Deer Park 106 Station Rd Deer Park – Monday to Saturday 7.00am – 5.00pm, Sundays 8.00am – 5.00pm.
– Wyndham Vale: IPC Health Wyndham Vale 510 Ballan Rd Wyndham Vale – Monday to Friday 8.00am – 3.30pm.
– Sunshine West: West Sunshine Community Centre 25 Kermeen Street Sunshine West (note this is a pop-up testing site, not at our Sunshine campus) – Monday to Friday 8.00am – 3.30pm.
– Werribee: VU Werribee, 233-235 Hoppers Lane Werribee, enter via Gate 5 – every day 7.30am – 7.30pm.
These are all Drive Through Clinics, the Sunshine West testing site is also a walk-up site. (Please note: during extreme demand walk-ins might not be accepted.)
You will need to bring your Medicare card or if you don’t have one, bring a valid form of identification. No bookings needed.
Please note: The access road to IPC Health Wyndham Vale (Borden Drv) will be closed due to roadworks from 4 October 2021 for approximately two months. Detours and traffic management will be in place. Be prepared for possible delays in accessing the testing site.
Please note: Anyone not accepted at a site is due to site being at capacity. Closing time is also subject to wait times.
You can check for testing site wait times before heading out.
Openings times will continue to be reviewed depending on demand.
Please be aware that during extreme weather conditions testing sites might have to close early.
If you can’t get to our drive-through testing sites by car, please contact the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days).
Get tested as soon as possible if you have symptoms and self-isolate at home until you receive your test results.
Results currently will be notified within 2-5 days. Results may take longer during peak testing periods. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not received your results on the 4th business day after your test.
For testing locations, opening times and wait times: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/where-get-tested-covid-19
COVID-19 vaccinations with both vaccines are now available at IPC Health.
For appointments at the GP Clinics at Deer Park and Wyndham Vale, please call our dedicated line on 7037 2108 (Monday to Friday during business hours) to check your eligibility and to make a booking.
Please only call this number and not our main phone lines so that those seeking urgent medical care can be assisted in a timely manner.
Due to the high demand, you could be on hold for up to an hour on the dedicated vaccination phone number, so please be patient. If you can’t get through the booking phone number, please email Covid.email@example.com
Please note, you might be placed on a waiting list.
Clients wishing to make an appointment for the IPC Health Vaccination Hub need to contact the Victorian Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398.
IPC Health Vaccination Hub is now located at Caroline Springs Leisure Centre, The Parade, Caroline Springs.
For more information about COVID vaccinations in Victoria: www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/getting-vaccinated
Watch a video from local GPs (incl. from IPC Health) on COVID vaccinations: Wyndham City – Vaccines work | Facebook
Watch a video in your own language from community leaders on COVID vaccinations: Goodbye COVID – North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (nwmphn.org.au)
Actions to keep our staff and community safe
We have changed the way we do things during the Coronavirus pandemic and a number of measures are in place to stop the spread of the virus, including physical distancing and hand hygiene guidelines and extra cleaning.
When you make an appointment, it will be assessed if it will be through face to face or through telehealth options (over the phone or video call).
We will send you a message before the appointment to check if you are well and we will also screen upon arrival to make sure we are keeping you and our staff safe.
There is now a limit of one person to come along with you to your appointment.
All staff on campus or providing off site services will be wearing a surgical mask. Clients will also be required to wear a surgical mask upon entry to a campus and will be provided one upon entry if they don’t have one.
Should you come to your appointment?
If you or a close family member have had close contact with someone who has confirmed coronavirus, have been tested and are still waiting results or been requested by the Department of Health to be tested, you must self-isolate for the requested period and your appointment will be rescheduled for when you are well.
If you or anyone in your family has any symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, loss of sense of smell or taste, headache, nausea, diarrhoea, myalgia (muscle pain), you should not attend and reschedule your appointment.
This will help stop the spread.
If you think you need medical attention, call your GP or the hotline 1800 675 398 and they will instruct you on next steps.
Are you feeling stressed?
Staying in doors, trying to find food and not overthink from the Coronavirus may leave you feeling stressed or anxious.
An IPC Health counsellor can help. They will conduct the session over the phone or via digital video call so you can remain in the comfort of your own home.
For videos in Vietnamese, Hindi, Dinka, Cantonese and Mandarin with messages about the importance of mental health and ‘Get Vaccinated to Defeat COVID-19’ can be found here
More information about coronavirus
For more information regarding COVID-19:
DHHS hotline number 1800 675 398 (open 24 hours, 7 days)
DHHS website www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
Emergency relief package from the Victorian Government for people who need to self-isolate: https://bit.ly/2Jcmqv3
Information in other languages
SBS On Demand has official Government information and health information about Coronavirus in 63 languages: https://www.sbs.com.au/language/coronavirus
DHHS also has a wide range of information materials available in in 52 languages other than English https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/translated-resources-coronavirus-disease-covid-19.
You can now get Coronavirus information in your language by following this link:
Videos in Vietnamese, Hindi, Dinka, Cantonese and Mandarin with messages about the importance of mental health and ‘Get Vaccinated to Defeat COVID-19’ can be found here
Keep up to date with IPC Health information
IPC Health will endeavour to ensure minimum disruption to services. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will communicate as early as possible with regard to any changes to our services.