31 August 2022

COVID-19 testing clinic hours to reduce

WA’s approach to COVID-19 testing, which has been vital in detecting COVID-19 to keep the community safe, has changed considerably since the early days of the pandemic.

Rapid antigen tests (RATs) are now used to diagnose up to 67% of positive cases.

Thanks to all clinic staff for their commitment to the state’s COVID-19 response and their critical role in keeping the community safe and controlling COVID-19 spread.

From 5 September 2022, publicly funded COVID clinics in metropolitan Perth will scale back their weekday opening hours in response to reduced demand for PCR testing.

New opening hours at the 4 public COVID clinics, at Royal Perth Hospital, Joondalup Hospital, Rockingham Hospital, and PathWest Murdoch drive-through, will be 8am to 4pm, 7 days a week.

Opening hours at regional public COVID clinics, in Bunbury, Broome and Kununurra will not change.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at public and private COVID clinics, see the WA Health media statement, Changes to COVID-19 testing clinics reflect declining case numbers.