General Practice Respiratory Clinics

General practice respiratory clinics are being established at six North Coast NSW sites:

  • Murwillumbah, Ballina and Yamba in Northern NSW
  • Nambucca, Kempsey and Wauchope in Mid North Coast

The clinics will assess, test and diagnose people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 infection. People do not need a referral to attend clinics, but must make an appointment online or by phone.

The clinics are funded by the Australian Government and form part of a whole of system collaborative response to COVID-19. They will complement the NSW Health COVID-19 Fever Clinics across the region and will coordinate with general practice to provide continuity of care to our communities.

Click for site-specific details:

Location: Prince Lane Carpark (at back of King St Medical Centre, 14 King St, Murwillumbah)

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday

Bookings: Online via HotDoc or by phone (02) 8188 3797

Address: Cherry Street Sports, 66-68 Cherry St, Ballina

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday

Bookings: Online via HotDoc or by phone (02) 6685 6326

Address: 12 Clarence Street, Yamba

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:30, Monday to Friday

Bookings: Online via HotDoc or by phone (02) 5629 7517

Address: Cnr Pacific Highway and Willunga Ave, Nambucca Heads

Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday

Bookings: Online via HotDoc or by phone (02) 6568 8688

Address: 35 Belgrave Street, Kempsey NSW 2440

Opening Hours: 12:00 – 16:00, Monday to Friday

Bookings: Online via HotDoc or by phone 1300 170 091

Address: 2/243 High Street, Timbertown Shopping Centre, Wauchope, NSW 2446

Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:30, Monday to Friday

Booking: Online via HotDoc or by phone 0487 071 713

Exercise as Medicine FAQs

GP respiratory clinics will assess, test and diagnose people with mild to moderate respiratory symptoms that could be consistent with COVID-19 infection.

The clinics are funded by the Australian Government as part of the $2.4 billion health package to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The clinics form part of our integrated health system response to COVID-19. 

General practice respiratory clinics will:

  • Complement existing LHD COVID-19 Fever Clinics across the region.
  • Reduce demand on our hospital emergency departments and free them up to support people with severe symptoms.
  • Keep people with potential COVID-19 related symptoms separate from patients visiting general practice for non-respiratory issues. This will support practices to focus on chronic disease management and regular appointments.
  • Optimise the use of available stocks of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Six locations have received approval for GP respiratory clinics on the North Coast: Murwillumbah, Ballina, and Yamba in Northern NSW, and Nambucca, Kempsey and Wauchope in Mid North Coast.

North Coast Primary Health Network worked with Northern NSW and Mid North Coast Local Health Districts to identify locations that will provide optimal service access for community members. The analysis considered population data, travel times and projected service demand. The locations also complement the existing NSW Health COVID-19 Fever Clinics across the region.

People who have mild to moderate respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat or fatigue.

Vulnerable patients are encouraged to book a telehealth appointment with their regular GP in the first instance. If telehealth is not possible for these patients, then they may make an appointment to attend the respiratory clinic.

Vulnerable patients include: people over 70; people over 50 and identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background; people with chronic health conditions; and people who are pregnant or a parent of a child under 12 months.

People with severe acute symptoms should not attend the clinic. These people should call 000 or present to a hospital emergency department.

People with health issues other than respiratory symptoms should not attend the clinic.

Bookings may be made online via HotDoc or by phone. Booking information for each clinic is available here.

No. You do not need a referral to attend a respiratory clinic.

  • Upon arrival at the clinic, patients are greeted by a receptionist and provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
  • Patient information and demographic data is collected at reception
  • Patients flow through to an assessment area where they undergo an assessment of symptoms
    • Patients deemed not at risk of COVID-19 will receive usual care for their respiratory symptoms
    • Patients assessed to be at risk of COVID-19 then receive testing and are requested to return directly home to isolate awaiting pathology results
  • Further guidance on the assessment process is provided in the Australian Government Telehealth and Respiratory Clinics Infographic available here.

Respiratory clinics will communicate test results to patients by phone.

A copy of pathology results will also be sent to patients’ usual GP. The clinic will generate patient summaries and share these with GPs via an agreed communication method.

There is no cost to patients to attend the clinic.

The clinics have been established in accordance with the highest infection control standards and guidelines. The purpose of the clinics is to keep our patients, health professionals and communities safe by providing a dedicated service to support people with respiratory symptoms.

Respiratory clinics will not be established in other locations at this time. If future opportunities arise, these will be communicated to practitioners.

GPs, nurses and admin staff in surrounding communities may be invited to support clinics in their local area with medical, administrative or logistical support. We will communicate these opportunities through our practitioner newsletter as they arise.