COVID clinics set to close as demand for PCR testing wanes and case numbers fall

Four of WA’s biggest COVID-19 testing clinics are set to shut up shop within weeks, WA Health has revealed.

Public clinics at Fiona Stanley Hospital, Armadale Health Service, St John of God Midland Public Hospital and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital are all scheduled to close on July 15.

Health authorities say the decision to shutter the clinics was made due to falling demand for PCR testing and the number of COVID-19 cases in the community continuing to drop.

β€œThe closures will allow nurses and other staff working at these clinics to return to their usual roles,” a statement on the Healthy WA Facebook page read.

COVID Lockdown panic - Queues form for COVID testing at Fiona Stanley Hospital
Camera IconLong queues for COVID testing at Fiona Stanley Hospital late last year. Credit: The West Australian/The West Australian

It said where a public COVID-19 clinic has closed, free PCR testing would still be available from another testing facility in the area.

In the early days of the pandemic in WA, hundreds of people would line up for hours outside the public clinics β€” sometimes in sweltering heat β€” to get tested.

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