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Kid’s COVID-19 Testing Clinic status

The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) Respiratory Infection Clinic (RIC) is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.15 pm for children’s COVID-19 testing (note, the clinic may stop accepting patients earlier if it reaches capacity).

Please enter the hospital carpark via entry 4 and follow the signage. For more information about attending the RCH RIC please visit this page

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.

Please check the real-time tracker below to find out how busy the clinic is before attending. If we are at capacity, you will not be able to join the queue. To check if there is an alternate testing location closer to your home or outside of the RCH hours please visit the Victorian Government COVID website.

You can also access COVID-19 assessment and screening clinics available through the North Western Primary Health Network. Children aged five years and over can be tested with their parents at a shopping centre drive-through testing site, a GP-led respiratory clinic or one of the other testing sites across Victoria. Due to the constraints of testing through a car window, children aged under five years will not be able to be tested at shopping centre drive-through sites.

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

How busy is the Kid’s COVID-19 Testing Clinic right now?

COVID-19 testing is completed as safely and efficiently as possible. Unfortunately, there are times when the RIC is particularly busy and this can result in significant wait times.

While future wait times are unpredictable, you can view the current status of the RIC below.

Please note: When the RIC is at capacity, you may be directed to other facilities for testing.


Last updated Thursday, 27 January 2022 08:36:31

Our status explained

Please use these times as a guide only. Actual wait times may vary.

NORMAL ACTIVITY 35 minutes or less
BUSY 35–75 minutes
VERY BUSY 75–150 minutes
AT CAPACITY 150 minutes + (people will be redirected to another testing facility)