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Respiratory Infection Clinic

  • The RCH Respiratory Infection Clinic is open daily from 8.30am to 4.15pm - please enter the hospital carpark via entry 4 and follow the signage.

    If you are planning to attend the RCH for COVID-19 testing it is important to note that if your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and you have attended an exposure site (regardless of tier status) you must use drive-through testing where possible.

    If you need to attend on foot and you have been to an exposure site, please notify our staff immediately on arrival.

    To check if there is an alternate testing location closer to your home or outside of the RCH hours and to keep up to date with our expected wait times, please visit the RIC status page.

    Please also check that your child meets the Department of Health's criteria for testing

    Does my child need a test?

    Your child should have a COVID-19 test if they:

    • were directed to be tested by Department of Health as a confirmed close contact
    • attended a recent exposure site
    • have any symptoms of COVID-19 including: fever, chills or sweats, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

    If you/your child requires a pre-travel test, you will need to present to a private pathology. Clients with pre-departure flights for international travel are to be redirected to pathology collection centres and will incur the cost of their COVID-19 test.

     Is the RCH the only location for child COVID-19 tests?

    • There are a number of places that children of all ages can be tested for COVID-19, including drive-through locations. To see a full list of testing locations, including any that have age restrictions, check out the Department of Health website.

    Who can be tested at the RCH?

    • Children (under 18 years old) who meet the criteria for testing.
    • RCH staff and their household contacts

    If you are bringing your child in for a test and require a test yourself, we are able to complete your test at the RCH. If you are an adult attending for a test without a child (not RCH staff) we strongly recommend you present to an adult service for testing. View the full list of testing sites and further information

    What is a test like?

    Learn about how you get tested for COVID-19

    Attending the RCH for a test

    Driving

    If you are driving, enter via Entry 4:

    Respiratory Infection Clinic testing map

    Drive through/walk in

    • Dependent on demand, the RCH Respiratory Infection Clinic offers both drive-through and walk-in testing. We are able to test children of all ages in our drive-through service. Drive-through testing is only accessible through Entry 4, Flemington Road.
    • For safety reasons, everyone wishing to attend our drive-through clinic must remain in their vehicle at all times. No walk-through or bicycles will be accepted.

    Things to bring to make waiting for testing more comfortable

    • Sometimes the RCH testing site experiences high demand, which may extend waiting times for testing. View the  details of wait times. There may be somewhere closer to home with less waits than the RCH.
    • If you are attending the RCH for a COVID-19 test, there are a few things you can bring to make the wait more comfortable for you and your child including:
      • snacks and water for a couple of hours
      • books or a favourite toy
      • for younger children, a pram is recommended as there is limited seating available
      • in cooler weather, a warm jacket is recommended as much of our waiting is under cover outside.

    Parking

    • If you enter via Entry 4, you will not be charged any parking costs for attending the RCH for a COVID-19 test.
    • There is also ample street parking available on Flemington Road with metered parking. Please ensure you observe any parking limits in place.

    Checking wait times

    • Click here to view the current status of the RIC and estimated waiting times.
    • The RCH Respiratory Infection Clinic and all other testing sites report their current wait times on the Department of Health website. You can check waiting times.
      • Note: these times are an indication of current wait times. When you attend the testing site you may wait for a longer or shorter period of time.

    What do I need for a test?

    • When you attend for a test please bring:
      • Medicare card (if you have one)
      • All children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian

    How will I get my results? How long does it take?

    • Your results will be sent to you via SMS or via a phone call. Please ensure you know the best contact number for results to provide to the clinic.
    • Results will be sent automatically within 72 hours. If you wish to follow up on your results, please allow at least 48 hours.

    What do I need to do after my test?

    • Go straight home and wait for your test results. Do not go to work or go out shopping. Others in your house do not need to self-isolate unless they are also waiting for a COVID-19 test result or have been told to quarantine.
    • If you have been tested following attendance at an exposure site or after being directed to be via Department of Health, please contact Department of Health for further isolation advice.
    • If you haven’t heard from the RCH with your results after 48 hours, please call 9345 5522.