Alfred COVID-19 Screening Clinic
The Alfred is one of the many screening clinics established by the Victorian State Government. Our clinic screens people who believe they have come into contact with COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).
Open, 7 days a week from 8am - 6pm, the Alfred COVID-19 Screening Clinic is located at The Alfred, 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne.
The screening clinic is located at the hospital’s helipad car park – next to the hospital’s emergency department.
The clinic is separate from the main hospital building, so look out for the signs when you arrive.
The hospital’s main entrance is the closest drop off point to the screening clinic, including for people with limited mobility.
No appointment is necessary to attend The Alfred COVID-19 Screening Clinic. Note, tests are only available for those who meet the criteria listed below (Should I get tested?) or by Department of Health & Human Services directive, and depending on queues, you may need to wait.
Following updated advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer, people from the following postcodes should not be visiting or accessing Alfred Health services*:
3012, 3021, 3031, 3032 ,3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3051, 3055, 3060 and 3064.
*Those with a pre-planned appointment, requiring emergency treatment, elective surgery or needing to provide care are exempt.
Clinic cleaning times
Please be aware that strict infection prevention protocols require the screening clinic to be closed at 11.00am and 2.30pm each day for a period of forty minutes to undergo a deep clean.
If you wish to attend an alternative clinic during these times, please refer to the DHHS testing site map for another suitable testing location.
Should I be tested?
People without symptoms should not be tested except in special circumstances, such as recovered cases wishing to return to work in a healthcare facility or aged care facility, or where requested by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services as part of outbreak management or enhanced surveillance.
People who meet the following clinical criteria should be tested:
- Fever OR chills in the absence of an alternative diagnosis that explains the symptoms;
- Acute respiratory infection that is characterised by cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, runny nose or loss of sense of smell.
Note: In addition, testing is recommended for people with new onset of other clinical symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (headache, muscle pain, stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea) AND who are close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19; who have returned from overseas in the past 14 days; or who are healthcare or aged care workers.
All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who develop fever or respiratory symptoms for coronavirus should be tested.
All people being tested for COVID-19 should home isolate until test results are available. All patients should attend an emergency department if clinical deterioration occurs.
Persons presenting for screening under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian), or will not be tested.
If you do attend the clinic, please wear a mask if you have access to one.
If you are directed to attend the clinic for screening, the following video explains what to do.
When will I get my results? How will I receive them?
- Results will be available after three to five days
- Patients who test positive will be contacted directly, and provided with further information on the next steps they will need to take
- Patients who test negative will receive a text message on their mobile phone
- If you do not have a mobile phone, you will be contacted directly, and provided your test result.
Star Health - Prahran Town Hall Screening Clinic
Star Health in conjunction with the Commonwealth Department of Health and with the assistance of the City of Stonnington and Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, are now operating a COVID-19 screening clinic at the Prahran Town Hall.
To attend the clinic for free screening, you must register first by calling 9525 1300. No Medicare details are required. You can check the latest screening eligibility criteria using the Department of Health and Human Services self assessment tool.
The Prahran Town Hall is located at 255A Chapel St and the Clinic is currently operating 7 days a week 9:00am - 5:00pm.
Other screening clinics
Assessment centres have been established at a number of Victorian hospitals. You don't need to call ahead (unless stated otherwise below) if you attend one of the following clinics:
Metropolitan health services:
- Austin Hospital
- Box Hill Hospital - Eastern Health
- Casey Hospital - Monash Health
- Dandenong Hospital - Monash Health
- Frankston Hospital - Peninsula Health
- Monash Medical Centre, Clayton - Monash Health
- Northern Hospital
- Royal Children's Hospital
- Royal Melbourne Hospital - Melbourne Health
- St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne
- Sunshine Hospital - Western Health
Regional health services:
- Ballarat Base Hospital - Ballarat Health Services
- Barwon Health North, Geelong - Barwon Health (please call (03) 4215 4445 prior to attending)
- Bacchus Marsh - Djerriwarrh Health Services
- Benalla Health
- Bendigo Hospital
- Echuca Hospital - Echuca Regional Health
- Maryborough District Health Service
- Melton - Djerriwarrh Health Services
- Mildura - Sunraysia Community Health Services (pre-call 5021 7653)
- Phillip Island Health Hub - Bass Coast Health
- Shepparton Hospital - Goulburn Valley Health
- Swan Hill District Health
- Wangaratta Hospital - Northeast Health
- Warrnambool - South West Healthcare (pre-call 5563 1666)
- Western District Health Service - Hamilton
- Wimmera Health Care Group – Horsham
- Wodonga Campus - Albury Wodonga Health
- Wonthaggi Hospital - Bass Coast Health